Jose Mourinho Seeking Sir Alex Ferguson Level Stability at United

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After Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, Manchester United went two seasons without a trophy. They almost went a third, but Louis van Gaal was able to guide the club to a FA Cup triumph on May 21st, 2016 and the drought ended. Jose Mourinho became the first manager in club history to win a trophy during his first season on the job, and he actually claimed two (first Europa League title in club history, League Cup).

He really won two and a half, or three, depending on how you would label the Community Shield.

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Jose Mourinho Says He’s Not Happy With United’s Summer Transfer Window

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For most football clubs, spending over £105 million to add new players constitutes a blockbuster summer transfer window. Obviously, most clubs aren’t Manchester United. Old Trafford spent £75 million, the fifth highest amount ever, on acquiring striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton. They spent another £30.75 million on signing central defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

For almost every club, either one of those transactions would absolutely shatter the franchise record for summer transfer window spending. At United, it’s about a lot more than just money though. Red Devils Manager Jose Mourinho has roster needs that still need to be filled, and he’s becoming increasingly pessimistic about completing his summer shopping list.

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Tottenham Hotspur Land in USA, Mauricio Pochettino Brought All the Big Names

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In each of the past two seasons, Tottenham Hotspur was the last team standing between the eventual Premier League champion and the big prize. It wasn’t until Spurs were mathematically eliminated in 2016 that Leicester City officially claimed the title; likewise last year with Chelsea.

Is this the season that Manager Mauricio Pochettino can get the White Hart Lane outfit over that final hurdle? Spurs have gotten themselves back into the top four/Champions League the past two seasons, now can they run that final mile? The journey begins now in the preseason as Spurs have touched down in the United States of America to begin their exhibition match tour.

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Andrew Robertson to Have Liverpool FC Medical Ahead of £10m Move

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It appears the third Liverpool FC signing of the 2017 summer transfer window is imminent. It’s almost certainly going to be Hull City left back Andrew Robertson, who is reportedly set to undergo his LFC medical tomorrow. His addition should provide LFC Manager Jurgen Klopp with an upgrade over 31-year-old James Milner or Alberto Moreno (if he stays this summer) in selection.

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Arsenal FC Dealing With Virus, Food Poisoning on China Tour

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Arsenal FC have encountered some adversity on their preseason exhibition trip to China. We’re talking actual, genuine adversity, not the meaningless sports press conference cliche “adversity.” The team is currently dealing with both illness and food poisoning during their tour of the Far East.

Sead Kolasinac threw up on the pitch and had to come off during yesterday’s 3-2 penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich at Shanghai Stadium.

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Alvaro Morata to Chelsea FC Deal Agreed Upon, Reported £70m

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The blockbuster Chelsea FC summer transfer window that we all speculated about in May and June is now taking shape in late July. Many Chelsea supporters were anxious as the club’s delay in transfer activity was trying their patience, but things are really cooking now. Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is on his way to Chelsea, claim multiple reports.

The fee is reported to be in the neighborhood of £70 million, or just £5m shy of what Manchester United paid for Chelsea’s number one summer striker target Romelu Lukaku.

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Romelu Lukaku Believes Jose Mourinho Can Help Make Him Even Better

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Romelu Lukaku got his first start and scored his first goal for Manchester United Monday night, delivering the game winner in a 2-1 win at Real Salt lake. You can view video of the match winning scoring strike at this link. It was just a goal in a meaningless exhibition, but it was still the number one story in global football yesterday morning.

Afterward, Lukaku focused less on the goal and more on what he has to do to develop and reach the high expectations set for him at United.

“I’m happy for my goal. There is still a lot of work to do, as a team we know we need to be much better,” he said.

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Daley Blind Says Manchester Derby on Thursday Isn’t a Friendly

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Daley Blind and Manchester United head to Houston, for the first ever Manchester Derby ever held outside of Europe on Thursday. They’ll face Manchester City in an exhibition that will see both sides honor victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. Go here for more on those shirts and the bigger cause that they’ll serve.

While it will be #OneCityUnited in with the team shirts, and their post match destination, the actual match itself will feature the usual divisiveness you would expect from a Manchester Derby. Or at least that’s what Blind told Pro Soccer Talk.

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Jurgen Klopp Not “100% Sure” of Further Summer Transfer Activity

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Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp knows all too well the enormous pressures and tremendous expectations that go along with being boss of a huge football with a gigantic and zealous following. You can truly see that in action during the summer silly season, when the transfer window dominates headlines.

Liverpool Football Club have had a rather quiet transfer window, certainly so since the Mohamed Salah signing, and it’s making their passionate supporters anxious. Thus, when Jurgen Klopp answers questions about the LFC’s lack of recent transfer activity, he does whatever he can to try and allay their concerns.

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Antonio Conte Gets New Two Year Contract, Chelsea FC Announce

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As Chelsea FC departed for their overseas preseason exhibition tour they made a big announcement. They have re-worked the two years left on the contract of Manager Antonio Conte, rewarding him for winning a Premier League title in his very first season on the job.  The new deal is not an extension; it’s the same original length, but with more incentives added.

The augmented contract should quell rumors of Conte being unsettled, and/or bickering with Stamford Bridge leadership.

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YouTuber Sneaks Into Anfield at Night, Gets Amazing Views of New Kop

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Your first thought upon watching this video of YouTube user Cass Online scaling the Liverpool FC stadium, Anfield, might be: “hey, isn’t that illegal trespassing?” Your second thought could then be: “so this guy is broadcasting himself committing a crime for the whole world to see online, is that not such a smart idea?”

Your third and fourth thoughts might then be: “wow, this is really cool! Such nice views of the newly reconstructed Kop at Anfield. This is a fun YouTube video to watch.”

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Jay Cutler Will Call His Very First Game in Chicago; Obvious FOX Publicity Stunt

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Sports television networks LOVE to bombard the journalists on their email distribution lists with mass mailings they refer to as “news,” but which are in reality nothing more than product promotion. Ninety-nine point nine percent of these press releases are instantly deleted, due to their worthlessness, but hey, it’s the age of shameless self-promotion, and everyone must to do it to try and survive.

Besides, it’s not like the pointless mass emails from the pro and college teams themselves, are any more useful, right?

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