FA Cup: Liverpool dumped by Wolves As Arsenal set to host Man United in fourth round

Liverpool have been knocked out of the FA cup after losing 2-1 to Wolves in the third round.

Raul Jimenez opened the scoring for the Wolves in 38th minute before Divock Origi restored parity, six minutes after the break. However, Wolves had the final say thanks to Reuben Neves strike in 55th minute.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s will face Arsenal away in the FA Cup fourth round, with the boss aiming to win the competition for a third time.

Solskjaer was in the starting line-up for United’s semi-final victories over the Gunners in 1999 and 2004.

He went on to lift the trophy with the Old Trafford club on both occasions.

Monday night’s draw confirmed Arsenal as the home team.

It again recreates the classic match-up in the final 40 years ago which Arsenal won 3-2 thanks to Alan Sunderland’s late goal.

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Other notable ties include two all-Premier League clashes — Crystal Palace against Tottenham and Manchester City versus Burnley.

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, who won the FA Cup under Antonio Conte last season, host either Championship Sheffield Wednesday or League One Luton Town.

Non-League Barnet, the lowest- ranked club left in the competition, were handed a home tie with Brentford.

Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham will face AFC Wimbledon, the League One side they beat 3-1 in the Carabao Cup third round in August.

That saw Pellegrini secure his first win as Hammers boss.

The winner of the replay between Newcastle and Blackburn takes on Watford at home.

Everton face a trip to London to play Millwall.

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‘At least you tried’: Fans don’t expect much as Manchester United are drawn against star-studded PSG

Manchester United will play Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, and it’s safe to say football fans are not holding out much hope for Jose Mourinho’s side.

After coming second to Juventus in their group, United knew they were potentially in line for a difficult tie for the first of the knockout rounds.

As the name came out of the hat and PSG were unfolded and held aloft, social media quickly became awash with hilarious reaction regarding United’s fate.

United confirmed the fixture on their official Twitter page, to which one fan immediately responded with an image of centre-back pairing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

‘Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe against these two…,’  they wrote, laced with sarcasm at the fact the often erratic duo will be coming up against one of the most formidable front lines in European football.

The video clips and memes then slowly but surely began emerging, with one user posting a classic image of Bart Simpson offering up an ‘at least you tried cake,’ in suggestion United are all but out now, anyway.

PSG have already evidenced this season they have the beating of English opponents, after putting two goals past Liverpool in Paris to wrap up a 2-1 victory.

Domestically, they are far and away the most dominant team in France and look to have the Ligue 1 title all but tied up before Christmas.

PSG lead the division by 10 points, despite having played two games fewer than second-placed rivals Lille.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are also unbeaten this season, and have scored 49 goals in 16 league games.

United by contrast are experiencing fortunes which are sliding from bad to worse.

Recent defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool saw them fall 19 points adrift in the Premier League, with pressure to finish the season in a top-four position now firmly cranked up.

After losing 2-1 to Valencia in their final group game of the initial stage of this season’s Champions League, United surrendered top spot to Juventus – who went on to be drawn against Atletico Madrid.

Below is a list of whom the other teams drew.

Schalke vs. Manchester City

Atletico vs. Juventus

Tottenham vs. Borussia Dortmund

Lyon vs. Barcelona

Roma vs. Porto

Ajax vs. Real Madrid

Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich

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‘Thank you Kenya’ Man United’s Nemanja Matic responds to graffiti on Kenyan matatu

Hey Man United fans! Your favorite player Nemanja Matic has recognized a Kenyan matatu that has his picture drwn on the body.

Kenyans have been trying to catch his attention on social media by tagging him, and he has heard you loud and clear.

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The Serbian footballer missed the start of the season due to an injury he got at the World Cup.The 29-year-old played three matches for Serbia at the tournament in Russia, and was given extended leave to go on holiday following his country’s elimination.

He excitedly wrote

Thank you #kenya🇰🇪 for this fantastic portrait on the bus!

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Man United end Mourinho’s nightmare US tour on a high with a win over Real Madrid

Very little has gone right for Manchester United on this tour of the US, but they should just be grateful for whoever approved Alexis Sanchez’s travel visa.

The Chile star missed the first week of the trip over the hold-up and trained alone at Carrington. Since joining his teammates in America, however, he has led the attack almost single-handedly at times.

Here at the Hard Rock Stadium, Sanchez scored one and set up another as Jose Mourinho’s side ended the trip on a high note against the European champions.

Man of the match Sanchez fired United into the lead after 18 minutes, converting Matteo Darmian’s neat cut-back, and his knockdown set up Ander Herrera for their second nine minutes later.

Karim Benzema reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage-time and Madrid improved in the second period with Raul De Tomas spurning a glorious chance to level on 82 minute.

But United held on for the morale-boosting win to ensure Julen Lopetegui’s first game in charge of Real Madrid ended in defeat.

Granted, this was an unfamiliar and under-cooked Real Madrid side. But when you have experienced such a problematic tour as United have in the US, then it’s best to take whatever positives you can.

Mourinho and his depleted squad flew home straight after the match after an arduous three weeks, and have a win over Madrid to add to a shootout victory over AC Milan.

A heavy 4-1 defeat by Liverpool is best forgotten, as are the draws against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, but at least it isn’t all doom and gloom despite the manager’s downcast mood.

Mourinho’s extraordinary outburst about the state of the tour and the squad available to him had overshadowed United’s defeat by Liverpool in Michigan and the build-up to this one as well.

The United manager could at least welcome back David De Gea, a goalkeeper so often linked with Real Madrid, and give his new £52million signing Fred a 67-minute run-out on his first start.

But with Chris Smalling unable to play after going off in the warm-up on Saturday, Mourinho had no choice but to play Scott McTominay in a back-three alongside Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah. Having said that Bailly ‘isn’t a leader’ at the weekend, it was surprising to see the Ivory Coast defender given the captain’s armband.

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Paul Pogba refuses to rule out move away from Man United

Paul Pogba has refused to rule out a move from Manchester United this summer, but says he will not join Paris Saint-Germain.

Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has been thrown into doubt amid concerns over his relationship with Jose Mourinho. United’s record £89million signing has been left on the bench and substituted on a number of occasions during a disappointing season.

The Frenchman, who was again below-par in United’s defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley, admitted that he had some ‘mental’ issues over his relationship with Mourinho.

Speaking to French TV channel Canal+ on Sunday, he offered no assurances that he will still be a United player next season.

‘You’re never sure of anything,’ he said. ‘Contractually, it’s on, yes.’

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On Mourinho, he added: ‘There were times when I wasn’t playing. I was on the bench. Much has been spoken about.

‘People thought it was wrong but a coach and player don’t have to be best friends. One is not forced to go to the restaurant together. I had some problems – it’s mental.

‘He put me on the bench, I answered on the pitch, I give my maximum every time. It made me grow in leadership.

‘I had the armband with Mourinho, it was the first time in a club. It’s important to me, it makes me grow up to be as a leader in the France team.’

Pogba’s transfer fee and personal terms mean that only a handful of teams in Europe could afford to buy him this summer, two years after he rejoined United from Juventus in a then-world record deal.

PSG are one of them but Pogba said it is unlikely he would return to France and join the Qatari-backed club.

‘Walking on the Parc des Princes? With a club, no for sure,’ he said. ‘Honestly, it doesn’t appeal to me.

‘I grew up here, my father supported Marseille and so did my mum. Paris wasn’t really in my daily life.’

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Man United To Square Out With Tottenham In FA Cup Semis

Chelsea are through to the semi finals of the FA Cup after beating Leicester 2-1 in extra time. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring for the Blues in the first half, his first goal for the club in 2018 before Jamie Vardy restored parity in the second half.

With the match tied at one all in normal, 30, minutes of extra time were added with Pedro Rodriquez scoring the winning goal for Chelsea in the first half of extra time.

Following the win, the Blues will play Southampton in the semis while Manchester United will take on Tottenham.

The semi final matches will be played between April 21st and 22nd at Wembley stadium.

Rashford Stars As Man United Punish Livepool

Marcus Rashford grabbed a brace on his recall to the starting 11 to give Manchester United a 2-1 win over rivals Livepool at Old Trafford, as second placed United opened a five point gap over the reds.

The England international opened the scores on the 14th min before adding the second 10 min later, while Eric Bailly’s 66th minute own goal gave Liverpool the consolation despite keeping more procession.

Meanwhile, Chelsea returned to winning ways after two consecutive league losses to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 courtesy of Willian’s effort and Martin Kelly’s own goal in the first half. Other EPL results saw Everton beat Brighton 2-0, as Burnley hammered Westham 3-0, while Leicester thumped bottom side Westbrom 4-1 to push them closer to relegation.

Elsewhere, West Ham have launched an immediate inquiry after supporters invaded the pitch during Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Burnley in the Premier League.

At least two fans went onto the pitch after Burnley took the lead – with one approaching United’s Mark Noble. Another fan ran on with a corner flag shortly after Burnley scored their second, with further incursions after the visitors struck a late third.

Man U boss Jose Mourinho holds crisis talks with Pogba

Jose Mourinho held clear-the-air talks with Paul Pogba for an hour in his office at Manchester United‘s training headquarters this week, it has emerged.

Mourinho dismissed reports of a rift with the club’s £89million record signing as ‘lies’ and ‘bull***t’ on Friday, but admitted Pogba is not playing well enough.

Sportsmail can reveal that the two met at Carrington for an hour on Tuesday after the Frenchman was substituted at Newcastle and Tottenham and dropped to the bench against Huddersfield.

They are understood to have had a frank discussion about Pogba’s form and best position, which left the 24-year-old midfielder stony-faced when he emerged.

‘I don’t have to speak with you about my conversations with my players — it’s my problem and the player’s problem,’ said Mourinho, who confirmed that Pogba will play in the FA Cup fifth-round tie at Huddersfield on the weekend.

‘Paul accepts he has not been playing well but that’s all. It’s a big lie that our relationship is not good, that we don’t communicate, that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team.

‘Say what we all know in the last couple of matches: he didn’t play well. Period. End of story. Now it’s my problem and Paul’s to improve his performance level.’

United sources say Pogba’s ‘nose has been put out of joint’ by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal last month.

The former Juventus star is also understood to be unhappy playing alongside Nemanja Matic in a 4-2-3-1 formation, preferring a more liberated role on the left-hand side of a 4-3-3 similar to the one he had in Italy.

Reports originating from France have suggested that Pogba is having some regrets about rejoining United in a then world record deal in the summer of 2016 and may reconsider his future at the end of the season.

Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Paul Ince are among the pundits to weigh into the debate, but Mourinho was quick to hit back.

He said: ‘The position is quite ridiculous. I don’t want to be nasty but here we have the biggest pundit industry. There are hundreds of them with great background and knowledge in football. Some of the guys are paid millions.

‘They are paid to read the game and explain the game. Don’t say bull***t. You don’t need to come with, ‘We want to sell him’. You don’t need that.

‘Some of them I know for many years and I know their surname is Liar and that’s not nice. He plays against Huddersfield.’

United watched Nice’s Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Seri in the Europa League this week, ahead of the summer recruitment drive.

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Louis Van Gaal says Jose Mourinho plays ‘boring’ football

Louis van Gaal has branded Jose Mourinho‘s tactics at Manchester United boring.

Van Gaal, still hurt by the handling of his sacking in 2016, claimed his style of play was more attractive at Old Trafford.

‘We played football that was quite all right,’ Van Gaal told Fox Sports in Holland. ‘But it’s not football that is appreciated in England.

‘Right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticised while it’s far more boring football. What United produce now is defensive football.

‘I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition were always parking the bus. They don’t do that now because Mourinho plays so defensive.’

Mourinho was criticised for United’s tepid display during defeat by rivals Manchester City on Sunday, which opened up an 11-point gap at the Premier League’s summit.

Van Gaal – whose side only scored 49 league goals in his final season – insisted he does not hold a grudge against his predecessor.

‘He is not an awful man,’ the Dutchman added. ‘I think he is a sympathetic guy. He was my assistant at Barcelona.

‘I worked with him and what Mourinho did is what often happens in football.’

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Mourinho hit on the head as Man Utd and Man City players fight in tunnel after derby

Manchester United and Manchester City players were involved in an ugly tunnel fracas as tempers boiled over after the derby.

United manager Jose Mourinho had water squirted at him, was hit on the head by an empty plastic bottle and was also doused with milk from a flying carton as a melee ensued involving some 20 players and staff.

Mourinho demanded City players show ‘more respect’ as music blared out of their dressing room following their 2-1 victory. He walked into the away dressing room and was confronted by City keeper Ederson. The two were involved in a heated exchange, squaring up and shouting at each other in Portuguese.

United players followed Mourinho into the corridor between dressing rooms, sparking the skirmishes.

Witnesses said some players tried to swing punches while police looked on in disbelief. City coach Mikel Arteta, one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants, received a cut to the head which left him bleeding.

City feel Mourinho overstepped the boundaries by entering their dressing room.

Twenty players and staff were involved in the tunnel melee which will be dubbed the new Water-gate at the end of a crackling Manchester derby.

Eyewitnesses were staggered at the eruption that followed the final whistle. United believed City had celebrated too much following their 2-1 win and showed a ‘lack of respect’. City thought Jose Mourinho had encroached on their territory as he approached their dressing room to protest.

United’s manager had water squirted at him, was doused in milk and was hit on the head by an empty plastic bottle.

WHAT REF SAYS WILL BE KEY – POLL

What a shame that after an absorbing derby we are looking at an off-the-field incident.

Michael Oliver, who refereed a tough game very well, will now have extra paperwork to do, whether or not he witnessed the alleged incident.

If he did see it, then his jurisdiction continues after the final whistle, so he can report misconduct in the same way as if it occurred on the field. Any violent conduct by players or substitutes will be reported as red cards and attract similar punishments.

If, as alleged, Jose Mourinho was involved, one can’t help thinking the Manchester United manager will be delighted if the attention turns to this incident rather than City dominating at Old Trafford and taking a big lead in the title race.

It might not have been Pizzagate from 2004, when United and Arsenal players scrapped and Sir Alex Ferguson was hit on the head by a slice thrown by Cesc Fabregas — but it wasn’t far off.

Mourinho had demanded City players show ‘more respect’ as music blared out of their dressing room. The United boss was heading from his own players’ dressing room to do his post-match press conference when he walked into City’s domain to make his feelings known and was confronted by City goalkeeper Ederson. The two were involved in a heated exchange and squared up, shouting at each other in Portuguese.

United’s players were enraged by the perceived gloating of City players and followed Mourinho into the corridor area between the dressing rooms, which sparked the skirmishes between players.

City, for their part, believed Mourinho, sore at losing, had overstepped the boundaries by entering their dressing room to voice his discontent and he was followed by his United players.

Witnesses said some players attempted to swing punches at each other as police, already present outside the referees’ room, looked on in disbelief. City coach Mikel Arteta, one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants, received a cut to the head.

Old Trafford security staff were forced to disperse the rumpus as United players blamed their City counterparts for ‘rubbing their noses in defeat’ by ‘whooping and cheering’. When tempers cooled, police remained outside the dressing rooms.

Mourinho’s anger was also fired by what he claimed was City receiving preferential treatment by referees, while he branded his own side’s defending ‘disgraceful’.

In comments which irked City boss Guardiola, Mourinho insisted the league leaders were fortunate to seal a record 14th consecutive win — stretching their lead in the table to 11 points.

Mourinho was adamant Michael Oliver’s refusal to award a 79th-minute penalty after Ander Herrera went down under Nicolas Otamendi’s challenge was wrong. Herrera was booked for diving.

‘They are lucky, I think they have all these decisions in their favour,’ said Mourinho, who had accused City of being divers in the run-up to the game.

‘We can speak about anything you want, we can bring any football theory, stats, ball possession, but like last season it is a huge penalty in a crucial moment.

‘You expect City to score great goals, not to score two disgraceful goals. They had apparent control but the biggest save is the double save of Ederson.

But Guardiola recalled similar jibes after last year’s 2-1 win here. ‘It was the same,’ he sighed. ‘But we won because we were better. In all departments we were better. I don’t know the plan from my opponent but we came here to try to win.

‘We did the same at Stamford Bridge. I am happy because so many people say you cannot win in England playing like this. It’s still only December. If we have an 11-point lead when we play the derby in April then maybe I will tell you we have the title.’

Additional reporting by Jack Gaughan /Dailymail