Gary Neville: Mourinho Is The Right Man To Return The Glory Back To Old Trafford

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville says Paul Pogba looks confused at the club but insists manager Jose Mourinho is the right man to return the glory days back to Old Trafford, despite Sunday’s drubbing at Chelsea.

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Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United 

 

All eyes were on Mourinho for his return to Stamford Bridge but there was nowhere for the ex-Chelsea boss to hide as United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat in the Premier League.

Neville has pointed to the midfield as a particularly problematic area of United, with Pogba struggling to justify his transfer.

Pogba is no doubt confused,” the former defender told Sky Sports .

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Paul Pogba (R) of Manchester United looks towards Zlatan Ibbrahimovic during the Premier League match

“He has been signed for such a huge fee and I look at him and it was a difficult day for him. It was difficult for him at times at Anfield as a No.10 so, at the moment, I think Jose Mourinho is trying to find a way to incorporate him and when you sign a player for that level of money, you somehow have to make it fit.”

Determined to prove a point to his former employer after being sacked in December last year, Mourinho was left stunned after Pedro opened the scoring inside just 30 seconds.

Some more poor defending saw Gary Cahill double Chelsea’s lead in the 21st minute before Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante completed the rout in the second period.

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Mourinho Suffers Heavily At Stamford

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Playing XI Chelsea:

13  Thibaut Courtois

30  David Luiz

24  Gary Cahill

28  César Azpilicueta

21  Nemanja Matic

7    N’Golo Kanté

3    Marcos Alonso

15  Victor Moses

19  Diego Costa

10  Eden Hazard

11  Pedro

 

Manchester United:

1    David De Gea

12  Chris Smalling

3    Eric Bailly

17  Daley Blind

25  Antonio Valencia

6    Paul Pogba

27  Marouane Fellaini

21  Ander Herrera

9    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

19  Marcus Rashford

14  Jesse Lingard

Jose Mourinho reportedly slammed Antonio Conte for humiliating him on the touchline during Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.

Mourinho lost Chelsea’s fear factor – now Conte has restored it Goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante done the damage as Mourinho lost on his return to his former club at Stamford Bridge.

But despite trailing 4-0, United fans were the loudest of the two sets of supporters and that sparked Conte into marching up and down the touchline urging the Chelsea crowd to make more noise.

And as Mourinho and Conte embraced at the end of the match, the former appeared to criticise his opposite number for doing so.

Don’t do that [celebrate] at 4-0. 1-0 okay, but 4-0 is humiliating,” Mourinho reportedly said in Conte’s ear, according to Sky Italia.

When asked what he told Conte at the end of the affair by Sky Sports , Mourinho refused to comment.

Juan Mata admitted Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League defeat versus Chelsea was a painful experience for Manchester United.

Chelsea needed only 30 seconds to open the scoring via Pedro, with Gary Cahill doubling his side’s lead in the 21st minute.

United failed to get back in the game in the remaining 70 minutes and Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante poured even more salt into the wounds of Jose Mourinho’s men after the break.

This is a painful result,” former Chelsea midfielder Mata admitted to Sky Sports. “From the first minute it started very badly.

“I felt that whenever we were close to their goal, they scored, every time, and that was the key to the game.

Mourinho lost Chelsea’s fear factor – now Conte has it back.

It is just three points, we have another important game in a few days so we might get back to our feet Said mourinho.

Diego Simeon Team Fell To Their First Defeat Of The Season

Atleticoprocess8 Madrid coach Diego Simeone lamented missed chances after his team fell to their first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at new La Liga leaders Sevilla on Sunday.

A tight game in teeming rain at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan was decided by Steven N’Zonzi’s cool finish on 73 minutes after Luciano Vietto’s clever turn and pass.

Atletico’s late push for an equaliser was not helped when midfielder Koke was sent off for a second yellow card, but they could have been ahead before the break after creating the better opportunities.

Young forward Angel Correa was guilty of a bad miss when clean through, and Simeone told his postmatch news conference: “We had good chances in the first half to break open the game.

“When you have good chances and play as well as we did, it is normal that you go ahead. It didn’t happen, though After half-time the game was heading down the same path, and then came the move from Sevilla. It was a tough game, difficult.”

Simeone repeated his pregame prediction that Sevilla, who went top ahead of Real Madrid’s match at home to Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday, could be involved in the title shake-up.

“As I said beforehand, both of us are aiming to keep in there competing with Real Madrid and Barcelona,” he said.

“We were close in the first half to what we wanted to find.

I am leaving here pretty relaxed as the team played as we hoped.”

Simeone had made all three of his substitutions by the 65th minute in what was an absorbing tactical battle with Jorge Sampaoli — their first meeting as coaches.

“In the second half Sevilla started well, so we sent on Tiago,” Simeone explained. “Correa had a yellow card and we didn’t want to take any risks.

“[Nico] Gaitan came in to bring what we were missing in the first half, help with circulating the ball.

“Tiago came on to add another body to the centre of the pitch, as [Samir] Nasri was getting in behind Gabi.”

Manchester City’s 1-1 Home Draw With Southampton.

Pep Guardiola keeps Man City players back after Southampton drawpep-guardiola

Guardiola’s side returned to the top of the Premier League but have now gone five games without a victory in all

competitions after winning their opening 10 matches of the season.

The City coach said he had to analyse what was going wrong but said such a run was “part of football.”

Asked at his postmatch news conference why he had kept the players behind, he said: “The red wine was good and I took a little bit longer with my glasses.

“We were together, we spoke but nothing special. We spoke about what is the situation we have and from this situation try to go up.

“I was a football player and I know this can happen. You are able to win 10 times in a row, and after you are not able to win five times.

“That is part of football. You have to accept that, but I am not a guy who regrets. So I have to discover the reason why and I’m going to fight for that.”

Southampton were gifted a 27th minute lead when Nathan Redmond pounced on an underhit John Stones back-pass to score before Kelechi Iheanacho levelled in the second half.

It was the latest in a number of individual errors that have cost City — in midweek Claudio Bravo was sent off for handball after fluffing a clearance while Aleksander Kolarov made defensive mistakes in the draw with Celtic and the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Guardiola said the reason for dropping points against Southampton had been a lack of intensity before half-time.

“Today I think the difference between the first half and the second half was obvious and that is what we have to realise,” he added.

“Today with John and Wednesday with Claudio, that is not the reason. Against Everton we missed two penalties and we played amazing and didn’t win. It is something more and about the team and how you rebel, how you react.

“When you see the second half it is because these guys are good and I have to help them to achieve and to reach in the second half, when it is 11 against 11 in Barcelona and in the second half against Everton.”

Three Quick Thoughts From Chelsea’s 4-0

Chelsea run riot over Man United in Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge Premier League defeat over Manchester United on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

1. Chelsea spoil Mourinho’s return

As familiar as defeat at Stamford Bridge became for Jose Mourinho last season, there was nothing as bad as this.

He came home, and was utterly hammered, suffering his worst ever Premier League defeat. A fiercely driven Chelsea battered Manchester United 4-0.

It was Antonio Conte’s side that came out like they had a point to prove, rather than their former manager, as there was never a second of this game when they didn’t look superior to United.

There were only 29 seconds, in fact, when Chelsea weren’t ahead. That was how long it took for Pedro to take advantage of a defensive mix-up between Daley Blind and Chris Smalling to then round the exposed David De Gea and make it 1-0.

Chelsea kept that pace up for the rest of the half, and were just quicker than United to everything. It only took another 20 minutes, in fact, for it to be 2-0. Mourinho’s defence again switched off, as four players stood stationary around Gary Cahill at a corner, allowing him to volley in from close range. David Luiz was probably fortunate to stay on the pitch for whacking Marouane Fellaini, but Chelsea were still in control.

Eden Hazard made it 3-0 on the hour mark with the goal of the game, sliding the ball home after a fine passing move. It only added an extra layer to the many strands of this game that Juan Mata made the error for it, the player Mourinho so infamously jettisoned from Stamford Bridge in 2014.

By the time N’Golo Kante rolled in the fourth, United’s defence were barely challenging.

Chelsea just seemed so much more fired up, and applied themselves better in almost everything they did.

Mourinho’s return was hugely underwhelming in that regard, but it also reflected the mood of the day.

For a manager as important to the club’s history, and after a campaign as extreme as last season, there was a strange indifference from the Stamford Bridge crowd to Mourinho. There was no big acknowledgement before the game, and some fans were even heard to chant “You’re not special any more”.

The only time they sang his name was when they were 4-0 up. It was the only sympathy anyone from Chelsea showed all day.

2. Mourinho a man without a plan

As bad as collapsing to a 4-0 defeat is, what is even more concerning for Manchester United is that they have now only won one in six in the league.

That, conspicuously, is a Chelsea 2015-16 run. There were many elements of this performance that reminded of Mourinho’s horror last season at Stamford Bridge, most notably the fact that there was no pattern to United’s attacking game. There was also no shape or application to their defending.

It is amazing to ask this after a game between two of the Premier League’s major clubs, but what exactly was Mourinho’s game plan?

It seemed it didn’t amount to much more than keeping a clean sheet. Unlike at Liverpool on Monday, though, they weren’t switched on here. So, on going behind so quickly, they had nothing else to offer.

It doesn’t help that so many players had poor individual performances, but when bad displays are that widespread, there is probably a deeper problem than the players.

Something is still off about United’s formation, and it doesn’t help that it all feels so stale. Once again, the only attacking threat they had came from punts and crosses.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic squandered their one chance when it

was 1-0, heading over.

The Swede had one of his worst performances in a United shirt since joining the club, but it’s still hard to say he was the worst United performer on the day. There were so many off their game, from the aimless Paul Pogba to the hapless Mata.

It all added up for one very bad day for Mourinho. He now has a number of problems to solve.

3. Conte’s Chelsea past sternest test yet

Who said these Chelsea players wouldn’t put in a performance for Mourinho? From the way Luiz vigorously celebrated Kante’s goal, and the intensity that players like  Hazard and Victor Moses put into every challenge, it would have been very easy to conclude that they greatly desired getting one over their former manager.

There was more than just purpose to Chelsea, though.

There was a proper plan, in stark contrast to United.

In the past few months, there has been a lot of talk over whether Mourinho is a faded force at the elite end of the game compared to managers like Jurgen Klopp and Conte, and this game did provide some evidence. Chelsea still have a few positions to upgrade, but they attacked with a coordination and zip beyond United.

This was also a significant step up in performance from the wins over Hull City and Leicester. It was said after those games that this match would be the true test of Conte’s three-man-defence formation and, if so, they more than passed it.

By the end, they were so easily passing the ball around United. If this was one of Mourinho’s worst days, it was by far Conte’s best at Chelsea.

Chelsea no longer have to look to the past. They can look to the future.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi set to return from injury

90667569_mess-700x394Barcelona star Lionel Messi returned to training on

Wednesday and is expected to make his comeback from

a groin injury against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday

ahead of next week’s visit from Manchester City in the

Champions League.

The Argentina international has been sidelined since

injuring his groin for a second time this season in the 1-1

draw with Atletico Madrid last month. He’s missed wins

over Sporting Gijon and Borussia Monchengladbach and

the defeat to Celta Vigo.

Barca’s initial estimation was that Messi would be absent

for three weeks, and Mundo Deportivo reported on

Tuesday that his recovery was on track and that he’d

already been able to do some light training with his

teammates.

⚽️ Barça training with available players, plus Messi &

Umtiti. Squad rejoined by Iniesta, Piqué, Sergio, Digne, A

Gomes & D Suárez #FCBLive pic.twitter.com/

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– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 12, 2016

The Catalan club have now confirmed via Twitter that he

trained on Wednesday, as did defender Samuel Umtiti,

who has also been missing since September with a knee

injury.

Messi first encountered a problem with his groin after

Barca’s win over Athletic Bilbao in August. Despite that, he

still joined up with Argentina and played in their World

Cup qualifying win over Uruguay before returning to Spain.

He quickly returned to action, though, and Sport reported

that prompted a problem in another part of his groin

during the Atletico match, as he was exerting extra

pressure on one part of the muscle. It led to a war of

words between club and country, and the 29-year-old was

accused of not looking after himself properly.

As well as the presence of Messi and Umtiti, Luis Enrique

was also boosted by the return of several internationals

on Wednesday. Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio

Busquets, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez

were all back at the Ciutat Esportiva after representing

their respective countries.

The South American internationals will return later this

week — although Neymar is already back — ahead of the

game against Depor, which precedes the return of Pep

Guardiola’s visit next Wednesday.

Luis Enrique is still without the injured trio of Sergi

Roberto, Jordi Alba and Jasper Cillessen, though. None of

them are expected to feature this weekend.

Barcelona Star Could Miss Manchester City Clash

5hbn.jpgBarcelona full-back Jordi Alba could miss the La Liga champions’ Champions league clash against Manchester City following confirmation that he will be left out of the match vs Deportivo La Coruna four days before.

The 27-year-old limped off injured during Spain’s World Cup qualifying match against Italy on Thursday, and La Rojas have since called up Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal to replace him in the squad.

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A statement on Barcelona’s official website confirmed that the player will be out for at least 10 days, having suffered a left thigh injury during the 1-1 draw.

It reads: “Medical tests have confirmed that first-team player Jordi Alba has suffered a left thigh injury that will keep him out for approximately ten days.

“Alba injured the leg during Thursday night’s Italy v Spain World Cup qualifier in Turin. He was replaced by Nacho in the 22nd minute.

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“Alba has made eight appearances for FC Barcelona this season. The only games he has not appeared in were against Sevilla (Spanish Super Cup first leg), Alavés and Sporting (La Liga).”

The club have been encouraged, however, by the news of Lionel Messi’s possible return. The Argentinean suffered a groin injury last month, but could be ready for the match against Deportivo.

He posted a photo of himself in training at Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva on Friday.