United and Arsenal settle for a 2-2 draw in an entertaining clash at Old Trafford

Manchester United and Arsenal yesterday settled for a two all draw in an entertaining premier league match played at Old Trafford. The Red Devils dominated the opening stages of the match but it was Arsenal who found the break through first through Shkodran Mustafi after David De Gea’s error.

However four minutes later United were back on level thanks to Antony Martial’s goal. Arsenal regained the lead in 68th minute through Alexander Lacazette but a minute later Jesse Lingard restored parity. De Gea made couple of saves in the latter stages of the match to deny Arsenal all the three points.

Elsewhere, Liverpool came from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1 while Chelsea suffered their second defeat pf the season as they lost 2-1 to Wolves. Tottenham beat Southampton three nil.

Chelsea hope their offer to make Eden Hazard the highest paid player in the club’s history will finally fend off interest from Real Madrid.

Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri confirmed on Tuesday said that there is an offer on the table for the Belgium star to sign and it is now only up to him to complete the deal.

Reports emerged in Spain on Wednesday claiming Real Madrid have ramped up their efforts to tempt Hazard away from Stamford Bridge, with his contract moving into its final 18 months in the New Year.

Chelsea have made Hazard a huge offer to be the club’s highest earner and they are not commenting on reports his wages could rise towards the £300,000-per-week mark.

What Mourinho did after Man United qualified into Champions League knock out stage will shock you

Jose Mourinho reacted in crazed fashion after Marouane Fellaini’s dramatic injury-time goal against Young Boys sent Manchester United through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Mourinho kicked wildly at a tray of drinks bottles before picking it up and smashing it to the ground near the dug-out.

He had earlier come under fire for displaying his anger, shaking his head and throwing his arms around, when Marcus Rashford missed one of a number of chances.

Gary Lineker said on BT Sport: ‘If I saw that reaction from my manager after missing a chance, I’d be absolutely livid.’

But under-fire Mourinho defended himself against his critics when he said: ‘I would invite those people to sit on the bench as managers. But I think maybe it’s better to have lots of holidays in Barbados and go to a television screen and touch the electronic dummies.’

The Portuguese, however, may face UEFA action fine after he angrily hurled a container of drinks bottles to the turf in frenzied celebration, sending fragments flying in all directions.

‘Relief,’ said Mourinho when asked why he had launched the basket from above his head. ‘Frustration before that. I was not unhappy — I was frustrated we could not score.’

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Former United star Paul Scholes branded the team’s display ‘awful’, despite their progression to the last 16 thanks to the narrow victory over the Swiss minnows.

But Mourinho responded sarcastically: ‘Let me send a message to my lovers. I play Champions League 14 years and I qualify 14 times. The two years I didn’t play Champions League I won Europa League twice.’

Mourinho has been in trouble for kicking water bottles before. The United boss was handed a one-match touchline ban by the FA in November last year after he booted one during a game against West Ham at Old Trafford. Mourinho did it again in March when he bunted a bottle into the crowd during a victory over Crystal Palace but that time escaped punishment.

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‘If you feel pressure, stay at home!’ Mourinho tells players who can’t handle playing at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho says his players would be better off staying at home and watching Manchester United on television if they cannot handle the pressure of playing at Old Trafford.

Saturday’s drab goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace means United have only won three of their nine games at Old Trafford in all competitions this season.

The opening two Champions League Group H encounters at home to Valencia and Juventus ended with a draw and a defeat respectively as United failed to score on both occasions.

They face Young Boys on Tuesday night looking to avoid an unwanted record of going three European games at Old Trafford without a goal for the first time in the club’s history.

Mourinho was reluctant to accept that United are better away from home at the moment, but he had an emphatic message for any player who felt cowed by the prospect of playing at Old Trafford.

‘If you feel pressure stay at home and when I say “home” I don’t say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV,’ said the United boss, who has orchestrated away wins over Young Boys and Juventus in this season’s Champions League. ‘When the people come to support, come on. I don’t feel pressure to play at home.

‘I think it would be a lack of respect to the stadium and fans to say we prefer to play away from home, I totally refuse to say that. Do I prefer to play tomorrow at Young Boys here or go to Bern I would say immediately to play at home. Always.’

United turned in one of their worst performances of the season against Palace and Mourinho once again came under fire over his tactics. However, he suggested that the players are not following his instructions as they continue to lack intensity in some games.

‘I want the team to start strong and go strong on the opponent, not to be waiting,’ he added. ‘Probably you or the fans think Jose told them to start slow and play nice and easy, or to be waiting for them to react. It’s exactly the opposite thing. I want the team to go immediately and it’s a bit frustrating.’

Asked about the team’s lack of consistency, he replied: ‘I don’t want to answer to it, when I sometimes try to answer and explain then I’m criticised because I explain it, so I prefer not to do it.’

United can clinch qualification to the knockout stage for the second year in a row if they beat Young Boys and Valencia fail to beat Juventus in Turin.

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Guardiola admits City ‘felt the pressure’ ahead of Manchester derby

Pep Guardiola admitted that his players ‘felt the pressure’ of the Manchester derby before emerging convincing winners on Sunday.

David Silva and Sergio Aguero — with a stunning strike — put Manchester City in front before Anthony Martial dragged a disappointing United back into the game from the penalty spot.

Guardiola revealed that United’s comeback from two goals down to win the corresponding fixture in April was preying on City’s minds until substitute Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt.

‘We felt the pressure,’ Guardiola said. ‘They wanted to do well in the derby, that’s normal. But we played like “I don’t want to lose the ball” but not with the intention to attack.

‘We started the second half much better. After we conceded the goal, it was always inevitable to think about last season and what happened again in that situation, but we didn’t concede another chance.

‘In the second half the game is a bit open, so we have to find more space but we made a good performance against a top, top team. That goal from Sergio Aguero helped us a lot after half-time.’

The result continued City’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season and has the reigning champions two points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table.

Guardiola refused to get carried away. ‘We are just two points in front — it’s nothing. Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, they have numbers to be champion. Not just Man City.

‘But I am so satisfied. If we maintain the level and at the end Liverpool win or another win, we shake hands and don’t have regrets.’

Defeat brought United back down to earth after their Champions League win over Juventus on Wednesday night.

Their manager, Jose Mourinho, claimed that two big away games in the space of five days had taken its toll on his players, compared to City who had it ‘easy’.

‘Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes — a game that demanded everything we had to give not just physically but also mentally — and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed,’ Mourinho said.

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10 things we learned from Manchester United’s late win that could be a defining moment for Jose Mourinho

– Manchester United came back from two goals down to beat Newcastle late on

– Elsewhere, Chelsea joined Man City and Liverpool at top of the table on points

– Sportsmail has assessed 10 things we learned from the Premier League action

The Premier League threw up plenty of the usual talking points and drama over the weekend.

Manchester City and Liverpool could only manage a goalless stalemate while Manchester United came from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 late on at Old Trafford.

Here, AMITAI WINEHOUSE assesses 10 things we learned from the eighth weekend of the Premier League season.

1. There was nothing Jose Mourinho needed more than that late winner against Newcastle. This was a moment that can come to define his time at Manchester United.

That club’s myth is defined by great comebacks, like the 1999 Champions League final, and it is no surprise that this, their seventh Premier League win after being two or more goals down at half-time is four more than any other team.

But there have been dawns like this before under Mourinho, only for night fall to be surprisingly close by. This will be forgotten in two weeks if they slip again against Chelsea

2. If this is to be Liverpool’s year, and it is still too early to say, then they will owe a lot to their vastly improved defensive record.

And the power of Anfield is having a part to play in that. They have now kept nine clean sheets on the spin in the Premier League at home, their joint longest run in the league since 1992.

Add in the fact that they have 20 points, their joint-most after eight games in the Premier League, and the signs suggest this is as good an opportunity as they’ve had.

3. Ross Barkley needed that. His time at Chelsea has been defined by the mildly acrimonious nature of his transfer and the sense that, still, he is not living up to his potential.

But Maurizio Sarri sees something in him, which explains his regular usage in the first-team. With Barkley admitting he was under coached at Everton, there are probably few better managers for him than the Italian.

On Sunday he scored and assisted for Chelsea, becoming the first Englishman to do so since Frank Lampard in December 2013. That bodes well for his progress.

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on the bench for the start of Arsenal’s win against Fulham but it is fair to say Unai Emery knows what he has in the Gabonese striker.

It was likely just rotation — and Emery really does need to keep him fresh as the season goes on. Aubameyang has had a hand in more goals in all competitions in 2018 than any other player at the club, with 16 goals and five assists, and that will be key if Arsenal want to keep up this increasingly impressive run.

His two goals off the bench were a great bonus too, and helped Arsenal end this segment of the season in

5. So much has been made of Tottenham’s stadium woes, and rightly so. There was also the spell when they struggled to adapt to playing at Wembley. For the club’s sake, it is good to see their new ground is nearly ready.

That said, it is not having an impact on the pitch now. They are well in the hunt at this stage of the season and have even carried a record over from White Hart Lane – they are unbeaten in their last 38 Premier League home games against promoted sides, a whole season.

They have now also scored in 19 consecutive home league games, the longest run in the top flight.

6. It has not been the easiest of seasons for Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the second Icelandic player in Premier League history to hit 50 goals – No 1 was Eidur Gudjohnsen – is becoming a key part of an increasingly impressive side.

Not that Marco Silva had to work particularly hard on his telling contribution on Saturday. Sigurdsson is notorious for his ability from range and showed it with the stunning individual effort against Leicester.

He has now hit 19 Premier League goals from outside the box – no player has more since his debut in the competition.

7. David Brooks has really not played much first-team football. There were 30 appearances for Sheffield United last season, a fairly surprising £11.5million move to Bournemouth in the summer, and now six games this campaign.

He is starting to roll in the Premier League. He has scored in successive games for the first time in his career.

Elsewhere, Jefferson Lerma and Lewis Cook are starting to become the established midfield two for a Cherries side that has won three of their last four. That’s good news for Gareth Southgate, who is a fan of Cook.

8. Wolves are one of the more attractive teams to watch in the Premier League and thoroughly deserve seventh in the league after their win against Crystal Palace.

But Nuno Espirito Santo has also built a team with resolve. It is a great blend that hints at the brighter future they are striving towards.

It is now just one goal conceded in their last seven games in all competitions. It’s some record, and suggests that even if their strikers fire just once a game, they will be better than fine this season.

9. Huddersfield now have one more draw – Saturday’s 1-1 against Burnley – than Cardiff but the fact both have only scored four times in eight games highlights a damning reality – that if things do not improve in front of goal, they are going down.

The Terriers have a particular issue here because they knew they were not offering up enough in front of goal at the end of last season. It has not been fixed.

They last went 12 on the spin without a win back in 2000. While they are unlikely to hit that 18-year record of 17 victoryless games in a row, as it stands they look like sinking without a trace.

10. It would seem ridiculous, on paper, to start calling for Glenn Murray to be in the England squad, but there are few more in-form strikers in the country right now.

Only Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have scored more than his 12 Premier League goals in 2018. And it is just Eden Hazard that has bagged more than his five so far this campaign.

His time is not likely to come, but at 35 he’s aging finer than wine.

Gary Neville hits out at Manchester Unted Chief’s over treatment of Jose Mourhino

– Manchester United’s backroom staff are ready for Jose Mourinho’s sacking

– Coaches are handing out home numbers in case their mobile phones are seized

– Gary Neville produced a passionate rant against Manchester United chiefs

– The former right back believes they are playing ‘Football Manager’ with the club

– The Sky Sports pundit went further to suggest the board are ‘not qualified’

ose Mourinho’s backroom team have been handing out their private numbers to other members of staff in case the Manchester United manager is sacked this weekend.

Sportsmail revealed that players and staff believe Mourinho could be axed before the forthcoming international break after United’s worst start to a season in 29 years.

Those closest to the 55-year-old appear resigned to his fate after giving out their home numbers so they could be contacted if United sack them as part of the clear-out and seize their club mobile phones.

Coaches Silvino Louro and Carlos Lalin, scout Ricardo Formosinho and analyst Giovanni Cerra would all be vulnerable if United decide to end Mourinho’s Old Trafford reign after two years and three months in charge, although his new assistants Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna can expect to stay.

It is a sign of the mood around United in recent days that insiders have been talking about when – not if – the Portuguese manager loses his job after his relationship with the majority of the players broke down.

Having alienated French speakers like Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly, it’s understood that he no longer has the support of the Spanish contingent of David De Gea, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.

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Sauti sol wameona hii?: Read ‘Tujiangalie’ lyrics, Man United edition

Roughly two months ago, Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol featured rapper Nyashinki in their new song ‘Tujiangalie’ which took the nation by a storm.

The song heavily addresses issues that are currently affecting nation among them corruption, while urging young people to stop fighting on social media and seek solutions to the issues affecting the country.

Well, one cheeky Manchester United fan used the song’s lyrics to coin his own refix, highlighting or rather mimicking problems facing his favorite English side.

United have endured a horrible start to the season across all competitions. They have already lost three league matches and have been bundled out of the Carabao cup not forgetting the Mourinho-Pogba saga which has been attracting international headlines.

Read his lyrics below.

Barua toka Ferguson na Vaan Gaal Wanauliza kama Manchester kuko sawa Nikawajibu Manchester tuko na disaster Wachezaji wetu wanazidi kuzikana Na David Moyes ameshika tama Alituacha kama angali kijana Je angekuwa mambo yangekua sawa? So Tujiangalie (Tujiangalie)

Watch Sauti Sol’s original jam below.

De Gea set to become Premier League’s best-paid goalkeeper!

Manchester United are confident David De Gea will sign a new contract that will make him the Premier League’s highest-paid goalkeeper on £200,000-plus a week.

De Gea’s deal runs out at the end of the season, with United having an option to extend that by another year until 2020.

But sources expect the 27-year-old to commit to an extended long-term contract beyond that, which will entitle him to a testimonial in the 2021-22 season when he will have completed 10 years at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid’s £32million signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last week has rem,oved any lingering fear that the Spain international could move back to his homeland.

Real, who almost landed De Gea on transfer deadline day in 2015, are understood to have been given little indication that De Gea could be prized away from the North West.

His connection with Spain has weakened over time and came to a head at the World Cup, with the player believing he was made a scapegoat for the disastrous campaign under Fernando Hierro in Russia.

De Gea is content in Manchester, enjoys a good relationship with Jose Mourinho and is close to goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez.

Alvarez mentored De Gea in his time at Atletico Madrid and was brought in by Mourinho with a view to help retain him. His father, Jose, has always been in favour of him remaining at Old Trafford.

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World cup winner, Pogba tells United he’s desperate to leave for Barcelona

Paul Pogba has told his Manchester United team-mates that he is desperate to leave Old Trafford for Barcelona.

Pogba has made it known to players and staff in the last 48 hours that he wants to be sold, two years after rejoining United from Juventus in a then world record £89million deal.

The 25-year-old France midfielder is also understood to have sent a text message to Ed Woodward, informing United’s executive vice-chairman of his desire to go, although the club flatly deny this.

United maintain that Pogba is not for sale, just two days before Jose Mourinho’s side kick off the season at home to Leicester. They would have little chance of signing a replacement before the transfer window closes in England at 5pm on Thursday.

They are now faced with the prospect of keeping an unhappy player, who is set to earn a basic wage of £9.62m this season, plus a £3.78m loyalty bonus, or grant Pogba’s wish and open negotiations with Barcelona. The Spanish transfer deadline is not until the end of this month.

It’s understood that Pogba has agreed terms with the Catalan giants on a deal worth £89.5m over five years — a basic salary of £18m equivalent to £346,000 a week — through his agent Mino Raiola and that he has his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp.

Raiola declined to comment on the situation when contacted on Tuesday, saying: ‘I will never make declarations about Paul. You have to speak to Manchester United.’

It’s understood that Pogba wants to play in Spain with Lionel Messi and his old Juventus team-mate Arturo Vidal, who joined Barcelona last week.

He has become disillusioned with life at United under Mourinho after the relationship between the two men deteriorated rapidly last season.

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If Jose Mourinho continues like this he won’t be at United come Christmas

Not only has Jose Mourinho risked alienating his players and the fans in pre-season but he is damaging Manchester United’s brand, too. Carry on like this and he won’t be at the club come Christmas.

Mourinho, the figurehead of the world’s biggest football club, has told the 101,000 supporters who watched United’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool in Michigan that they should have stayed away.

What must the Glazers have thought of their manager’s recent outbursts? These tours are as much about business as they are sport. United will want to sell as many tickets, shirts and merchandise as possible.

Instead, the manager is tarnishing the club’s image by saying that their product is not worth watching.

Mourinho’s words are bound to have an adverse effect on the players he has taken on tour. He may be without his World Cup stars but in a successful dressing room you need the whole squad pulling together. He is telling his squad players publicly that they are not good enough.

All of this is a calculated move to put United’s decision-makers under pressure to bring in new signings. Mourinho will be looking with envy at Liverpool, who have spent £177million to close the gap on Manchester City.

Yet it is not as if he has only just walked into this job. He has had two years to rebuild United and been backed to the tune of £360m to do so. You could not argue with Ed Woodward for thinking: ‘How much more money is it going to take?’

It is hard to think of a club having a more negative pre-season. Mourinho could not even resist having a dig at Paul Pogba, his World Cup-winning midfielder. These comments are not an attempt at reverse psychology. They are just sheer misery.

He is starting to sound like a manager who wants out. To start dishing out ultimatums on transfer spending smacks of desperation. Once you start taking on the board, there is usually only one winner.

Should Mourinho continue in this vein and his side suffer a slow start to the season, United will rapidly run out of patience.

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