Mourinho: United Have No Competition in Attacking Third

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If you’re a Manchester United supporter bemoaning the team’s lack of depth in the attacking third, then well, you’re in luck because these Jose Mourinho quotes are for you. The United boss apparently feels your pain, and admits that the need to beef up depth in the final third is a major reason for the pursuit of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

Because of a serious knee injury suffered last April (and a later reoccurrence, following a miraculously early return) , Zlatan Ibrahimovic has missed most of the season. That’s left Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford as the only players that are truly center forward/strikers on the team (although Anthony Martial, today’s lone goal scorer, can also play there if needs be).

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Wenger: Mkhitaryan-Sanchez Deal Decision Coming in Next 48 Hours

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The Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer saga between Manchester United and Arsenal really seems to be dragging on. Sure feels like it, doesn’t it? Well this very protracted saga will all be over, one way or another, in the next two days. Both players have reportedly already said goodbye to their respective teams, with Mkhitaryan reportedly getting a bit emotional.

According to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger the decision will be made in the next 48 hours.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Reportedly Gives Tearful Goodbye to MUFC

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The agent of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mino Raiola, has said that it’s his client who is key to the potential Alexis Sanchez transfer between Manchester United and Arsenal, not the other way around. The Daily Mail is reporting that Mkhitaryan has said his goodbyes to Old Trafford, and in doing so became so emotional that he shed tears.

Additionally, multiple outlets later reported that Sanchez has likewise said his farewells to Arsenal.

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Alexis Sanchez Reportedly Says Arsenal Goodbye Ahead of MUFC Transfer

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Alexis Sanchez has reportedly said his goodbyes to Arsenal, ahead of his transfer to Manchester United. While nothing is official at this hour, still, multiple outlets are nonetheless reporting that the Chilean has given his farewell to his current team. Thus, a breakthrough in talks may have occurred and a confirmation announcement could occur this weekend.

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Michael Carrick to Retire at Season’s End, Join MUFC Coaching Staff

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Manchester United Captain Michael Carrick is set to retire at the end of the season, and then move on to his next career, as a coach. United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed it Friday at a news conference, where he indicated that Carrick will have a first team coaching position.

“I think he will play again,” Mourinho said today at his press conference ahead of United’s trip to the Turf Moor to face Burnley. “He has had a few months without even training so now he is in his second week of training with the team.”

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Jurgen Klopp Won’t Rule Out More January Transfer Window Additions

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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool football club have had an extremely eventful January transfer window, and they still might have a deal or two left to do. Liverpool finally sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, eventually succumbing to a reality that we all saw coming in the summer. With add-ons, the sale could end up becoming the third most expensive transfer in history, behind only Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

The Anfield outfit also bought Virgil van Dijk, for a price that made him the club’s most expensive player ever and the priciest defender in history. There are still 12 days to go before the January transfer window closes, so Klopp and LFC might still have a move or two left to be made.

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Forwards Vince Edwards and Keita Bates-Diop in Fierce B1G POY Race

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At this point it’s a two horse race for the B1G Player of the Year between Vince Edwards of the #3 Purdue Boilermakers and Keita Bates-Diop of #22 Ohio State. They are both the alpha dog on the two teams that have most pleasantly surprised in the league this season. Even in the off-night he had tonight at Northwestern, Bates-Diop still almost had a double double.

His 10 points and eight rebounds effort ended a stretch which saw him become the first Ohio State player to score at least 25 points in three straight games since Michael Redd in 1998.

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Mourinho: Luke Shaw Playing as Well as Anyone at Left Back Right Now

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Last season, we got used to hearing Luke Shaw publicly criticized, in the extreme, by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Today, the United boss publicly praised the young Englishman, in the extreme. It’s truly remarkable how far Shaw has come during his time at Old Trafford.

Once buried extremely low on the depth chart, he has now started the last five games at left back, and Mourinho says he’s currently playing as well as anyone in the entire world at his position right now.

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Jose Mourinho Press Conference Previewing Burnley FC (Video)

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media a few hours ago to preview Saturday’s match at Burnley. We have video of the media session for you here below via YouTube.

There were a whole host of topics covered in this news conference, including: the latest injury/fitness reports, up to the moment updates on the Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer situation, his thoughts on what might be holding up the deal from reaching completion, his own future at the club, the resurgence of left back Luke Shaw and much much more.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Burnley

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Heading into the clash at the Turf Moor on Saturday, there had been a lot of talk about Manchester United hoping to make this clash Alexis Sanchez’s debut in a Red Devils shirt. That’s not going to happen, as United will not acquire the Chilean in time to get him registered for this one.

However, the Sanchez deal, likely involving a Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap, is still very probable, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Thursday. When it’s finalized, the current Arsenal forward may have the biggest salary in British football history. However, the deal won’t be over the line in time for this one.

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Man United Injury Report vs Burnley: Ibrahimovic, Carrick, Bailly

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Manchester United head to the Turf Moor with very high ambitions tomorrow, as they take on a Burnley side that has been an extremely pleasant surprise. The Clarets are currently in seventh place, just five points behind big money London club Arsenal for a Europa League slot.

As for United, the gap behind cross-town rivals Manchester City remains very large, but two star Red Devils midfielders, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata, have declared their side in it to win it; with the resolve to fight City down to the very last match.

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Arsene Wenger Takes Swipe at Man City, Praises Man United Transfer Practices

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger certainly had a very newsworthy press conference on Thursday. During the session, he managed to take a swipe at Manchester City’s transfer practices, praise how Manchester United does business, give an update of sorts on the Alexis Sanchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer situation and raise the ire of Borussia Dortmund due to his comments on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

He accomplished a lot in a very small space!

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