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FA Cup Glory An Absolute Must For Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United are into the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The 12-time winners will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium and plenty will be backing the Red Devils to advance to the final on May 19th. Jose Mourinho’s men have failed to inspire confidence in recent weeks but success in England’s oldest club competition would certainly go down well with United supporters.

Just two weeks ago, United crashed out of this season’s Champions League in embarrassing fashion. After a goalless draw in the first leg of their double header with Sevilla, most fans expected Mourinho’s side to finish the job on home soil. Sadly, the Old Trafford crowd went home disappointed as United suffered a 2-1 defeat. On that night, Mourinho got it all wrong but this is the ideal chance to make amends.

The FA Cup was not viewed as a priority at the beginning of the campaign but a 13th victory in this competition is now essential. Mourinho is under pressure in the Old Trafford hot seat and a third trophy in just his second season at the club would silence his critics. Falling short in the pursuit of glory is not acceptable though; United fans are well within their rights to expect success in every competition.

Success creates expectation – and that expectation is high at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson did incredible things during his tenure and it has all gone pear shaped since his retirement in 2013. The David Moyes experiment was over before it got going and an FA Cup win wasn’t enough to save Louis van Gaal. Silverware is silverware but Mourinho knows that the FA Cup alone isn’t enough for a club of United’s magnitude.

United should be challenging for the Premier League title. On the whole, it has been much better from Mourinho’s side this season – the Red Devils are eight points better off at this stage of the campaign than they were in 2016/17. As for the boring argument? United have scored 12 more league goals through 30 fixtures; Mourinho’s men are still second in the top-flight table remember…

At the time of writing, bet365’s football betting odds have United at 7/4 to win the FA Cup this campaign. It isn’t going to be easy by any means – Spurs have an excellent record at Wembley and are well accustomed to the home of English football after playing there for the 2017/18 season. Cast your minds back to January 31st, Tottenham were by far the better team in a 2-0 victory against United. Mourinho will be wary of a Spurs onslaught.

A second-placed finish and victory in the FA Cup final would constitute a successful season for United; only the anti-Mourinho brigade would disagree. Yes, the Red Devils should be challenging for the Premier League title but Manchester City have been on another level this campaign. Settling for second best this season can be accepted; 2018/19 will be a huge year for Jose Mourinho though.

De Gea is Staying

Mourinho, like any other sane person will, had asked the club’s board to take their rights to extend 27 year old Spaniard goal keeper’s contract for another 12 months.

That’s how you keep your best players on board.

Will United Extend Mourinho’s Contract?

I certainly hope so.

He’s doing alright despite the mediocre at times shown by his team especially in busy period of December, therefore I fail to see why they will not.

We were 6th in the league around same time last season now we’re 2nd and currently still in 3 competitions. So I wasn’t surprised when I hear the club reportedly have been in detailed discussions with Mourinho and his representatives for the past month over an extension to his contract.

Give him some more time and the players he wants. Manchester United can surely have those luxuries.

There’s a Road Named after Jose Mourinho

In his hometown Setuba, Portugal, there’s Jose Mourinho Avenue, a street named after him for his achievements in football.

Well deserved, boss!

Our 3rd 4-0 Wins in 2017/2018 Season

The 4-0 Goal galore was opened by a superb strike from Antonio Valencia. It was his first of the last few months and it was mental! I would bet that very few, or even none, goalkeepers who can stop that kind of attack. After the goal, we play dull, predictable and unimpressive football. It’s obvious that we missed the creativity of Paul Pogba, who are sidelined for bad injury. However, for casual observers, it’s obvious that Jose Mourinho tend to replace the right players at the right time. And so far this season, it managed to change the output of the game.

It was a similar scenario against Everton last weekend. Jose replaces Marcus Rashford with Jesse Lingard, apparently to ensure that left back Ashley Young is well protected, as Jesse is relatively more resilient than Marcus in defending. The second crucial change was Ander Herrera who replaces Juan Mata. The game fairly did not develop to Reds’ liking until the Spanish midfielder entered the field and changes things. Last was the introduction of “super sub” Anthony Martial.

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Best United Display Since Sir Alex

A 4-0 win against West Ham is probably seen as a routine under Sir Alex but it’s hard to not get carried away with today’s performance. After 3 seasons and  3 managers, it seems like we finally have a team capable of winning the elites. Although we’ve won 3 last season – that if you count Community Shield as a trophy – our main target is always the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

I haven’t seen anything this good since Sir Alex retired. Not from Moyes and Van Gaal. Not even from Mourinho.

Matic and Pogba, the new midfield axis, were predictably effective. Big lad Lukaku will score a lot of goals, while Martial and Rashford will indeed help scoring some as well. At the back, Baily was very comfortable playing with Jones, and De Gea will definitely continue to perform some good saves.

Long season ahead of us, but that was a very comfortably good start. Let the good times roll!

How the Super Cup changed the future of Romelu Lukaku Forever

Chelsea loaned Lukaku to Everton just after Super Cup final in Prague 4 years ago.

Mourinho:

“Romelu is a young boy who likes to speak. The only thing he didn’t say is why he went to Everton on loan. That’s the only thing he never says. That’s what I’m telling him now: ‘Tell the country why you left’.

When you enjoy to speak, speak everything. Don’t speak only half of it. Speak everything. It’s a simple question: ‘Why did you leave Chelsea?’ Ask him.”

The answer is a good story.

Welcome to Manchester United, Nemanja Matic!

The club announced that they’ve signed Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic. To me the new no. 31 is a very good signing because of 2 main reasons:

  1. Jose Mourinho trusts him.
  2. He will free Paul Pogba to attack, where he’s good at.

Exciting times ahead!

United Leaving Their Transfers a Little Late

Last season, despite it being Jose Mourinho’s first campaign in charge, Manchester United managed to win three trophies: the Community Shield, the EFL Cup, and the Europa League. Winning Europe’s second-tier competition granted them passage to the Champions League in the upcoming campaign, but the team needs some adding to if United are to compete there and push for the top four in the Premier League.

It’s early days, and the Premier League doesn’t recommence until August 12, but Man United seem to be falling behind, especially as some of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s targets have slipped through his fingers.

Pep Guardiola as a coach‘ by Богдан Заяц (CC BY-SA 3.0)

United Not Moving Forward

Thus far this summer, Manchester United has lost their top scorer of the 2016/17 campaign, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as they decided against renewing his contract and look set to lose club legend – who is still only 30-years-old – Wayne Rooney to a team who are now a rival in the standings, Everton.

The only player to come in so far is 22-year-old centre-back Victor Lindelöf. Centre-back was a major area of need, but will the young Swede be enough to fill it? Eric Bailly, who signed last summer, is only 22 now and impressed last season, so hopefully, Lindelöf is much of the same.

Unfortunately for United, the player who they were most heavily linked to, Antoine Griezmann, decided to remain at Atletico Madrid instead of making a huge move to the Premier League. On top of this, their Premier League rivals have either signed big or are close to securing deals with star players.

Manchester City have been splashing the cash left, right, and centre, already securing Bernardo Silva and new goalkeeper Ederson. Chelsea, the reigning champions, are yet to officially add more than a backup goalie – Willy Caballero, formerly of Manchester City – but they are reportedly edging closer to signing the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Alex Sandro. Arsenal have broken their transfer record to sign the much sought-after striker Alexandre Lacazette as well as procuring decent left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free.

Tottenham Hotspur are yet to make a move, but they already have what is likely the most well-rounded team in the league, which will only improve with time. Liverpool have managed to snag speedy winger Mohamed Salah and have been linked to the likes of Gelson Martins, Naby Keita, and Sergio Rico. Then there’s Everton – who finished one place and eight points back of United – who have broken the bank to acquire Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, and Sandro Ramirez.

In the football betting, Manchester United are 1/1 just to win a trophy next season, and given that they’re falling behind in this Premier League arms race, it’s no wonder that they’re expected to go without any silverware.

A Long Summer Ahead

Manager Jose Mourinho‘ by Tsutomu Takasu (CC BY 2.0)

Manchester United may be behind the rest of the pack at this middling stage of the summer transfer window – with most clubs hoping to wrap up their business before the new season begins – but the Red Devils won’t leave it be.

There’s no doubt that United will continue to pursue big names to bolster their squad and make a real charge at the top four next season. However, they’ll need to land players who will upgrade the team, such as a left winger who can cross the ball, an attacking midfielder with flair, and a striker.

No Griezmann, No Problem: Mourinho’s United Can Still Win the Title

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Manchester United are a force to be reckoned with this season. It looks like transfer target Antoine Griezmann, arguably one of the best players on the planet, will stay at Atletico Madrid for the time being – but that shouldn’t hinder United’s chances too much. According to various reports, the Red Devils are chasing Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata and he could be a better fit than the Frenchman.

Given the chance to prove his worth, Morata can show that he deserves to be ranked as one of the best strikers in European football. Statistics available from Soccerway shows that the 24-year-old scored 15 goals in 26 appearances this season – at an average rate of a goal every 89 minutes. At £70 million, he won’t come cheap but United are in desperate need of attacking help following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s release at the end of the season.

No matter who United sign, Mourinho’s men will be there or thereabouts in the Premier League title race. As of June 26th, Bitcoin bettors looking for sports to bet on can back the Red Devils at 7/2 to win the crown; something that they haven’t been able to do since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. With Mourinho, a proven winner, at the helm, champagne could be flowing on the Old Trafford turf come next May.

Defensively, the Red Devils are well placed to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and arch rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race. David de Gea found himself in and out of the starting line-up last season but the Spain star can regain his rightful place as United’s number one shot stopper. In front of De Gea, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and summer signing Victor Lindelof will provide assurance and protection to the United goal.

With a couple of astute additions, United will be in business. Last season, wayward efforts in front of the Old Trafford faithful let Mourinho’s men down. Draws against West Ham, Burnley and Bournemouth were just a few of United’s disappointing results and United must focus on their consistency against the Premier League’s “lesser” sides. If the Red Devils can turn those draws into victories, Mourinho’s side will be a LOT closer.

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If truth be told, United should be competing for the crown every year. Mourinho is building a title-winning squad and challenging at the top should be United’s primary objective – even with the Premier League now more competitive than ever before. The Portuguese has had his fair share of difficulties in recent years but he remains one of the best managers in the business and his winning record is second to none.

Signing Antoine Griezmann would have been fantastic for supporters but United are well positioned to challenge without the Frenchman. Signing a proven striker like Morata is the key to United’s title chances this season and Mourinho knows it. The Old Trafford ‘fear factor’ will return in the near future and United could be set to secure more silverware in the not-so-distant future.

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