Jose Mourinho Press Conference Previewing FA Cup Quarterfinal (Video)

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Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho met the media a few hours ago to preview tomorrow’s FA Cup quarterfinal match with Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford. We have video of the entire media session for you here below via YouTube.

There were a whole host of topics covered in this news conference, including: what this match means and doesn’t mean, the opinions of the fans and the concept of “football heritage,” (we’ll do an entire separate post on this in a bit), the feeling and emotion surrounding the team right now, and much much more.

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Liverpool FC Draw Man City in Champions League Quarterfinals

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The English Premier League broke a record by setting five teams into the UEFA Champions League knockout round. By the quarterfinal round, only two remained. Only one will be left standing in the semifinals as this morning’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland pitted Liverpool against Manchester City.

UEFA did a good job of keeping the most powerful of the powerhouses as far away from each other as possible for (potentially) as long as possible. Take a look at the full draw below:

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United Injury Report vs Brighton: Blind, Ibrahimovic, Herrera, Rojo


Given how Manchester United have a perfect record all time (six meetings) against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup competition, perhaps this is the exact right opponent in the exact right tournament at this juncture. That’s because United are coming off a complete disaster Tuesday night, as they crashed out of the UEFA Champions League 2-1 (2-1 on aggregate) at the hands of Sevilla.

United and their manager Jose Mourinho are under such heavy criticism right now that they need any kind of positive result they can muster. This contest completes a home stand trifecta against three different competitions. The Red Devils beat arch-rival Liverpool last Saturday, before falling in midweek. If they win against Brighton tomorrow, well as Meatloaf “two out of three ain’t bad.”

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Man United Starting XI Prediction vs Brighton & Hove Albion (FA Cup)

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Manchester United resume their FA Cup campaign this weekend when they host Brighton & Hove Albion in a Saturday afternoon matinee. United enter quarterfinal clash looking to rebound quickly and make a bold, loud statement, so expect United manager Jose Mourinho to field a very strong team.

Fresh off a miserable performance that saw them dropped out of the UEFA Champions League, the Red Devils will look to regain some positive momentum before the international break sets in. The last thing they want is to get eliminated from two tournaments, in back-to-back outings, and then have that awful taste lingering in their mouths for a fortnight.

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Scott McTominay Gives Credit to Jose Mourinho for Development


Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay, who recently pledged his allegiance to Scotland in terms of international competition, is in the midst of a genuine breakthrough season. After just two senior team appearances for Manchester United last season, the 21-year-old has 21 this campaign.

We’ve seen McTominay in and out of the first team this season, sometimes even earning selection over United’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba. As McTominay has developed this term, manager Jose Mourinho pointed out in early December how he’s longer “young Scott,” a youth team player, but instead just another player in senior team consideration.

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Antonio Conte Claims Result at Barcelona was “Unfair”

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Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte believes that his side’s 3-0 loss at Barcelona doesn’t accurately reflect the form of his side. The Blues had no answer for Barca’s Lionel Messi, who’s heroics inspired high praise from Chelsea players Marcos Alonso and Thibaut Courtois.

Conte believes the Blues have been very unfortunate lately, and that his side has shown a lot of development this season; yes in spite of the results. Chelsea have only won two of their last six Premier League games, and just one across all five competitions.

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Arsene Wenger Blasts Media, Offers Shocking Sympathy for Jose Mourinho

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Who would have ever thought that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would show any kind of sympathy at all towards his arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho? Granted the sympathy was lukewarm at best, and didn’t name the current Manchester United and former Chelsea boss by name specifically, but it’s a show of support nonetheless and thus it’s extremely shocking to all of us in the world of football observers.

Despite the fact that he has clashed so many times with Mourinho in the past, Wenger answered a question about Mourinho and United crashing out of the UEFA Champions League this week by saying he’s “supportive” of anyone who suffers.

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Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Alonso Articulate Brilliance of Lionel Messi

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and midfielder Marcos Alonso know very well why their opponents are moving on to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, and their side is eliminated. They don’t have the man who rivals Cristiano Ronaldo for best player in the entire world.

Barcelona has Lionel Messi, Chelsea does not. Entering this Champions League tie, Messi had never scored against Chelsea in eight games and that made for his worst individual record against any one team. However, by the time this tie was over, he had three scoring strikes in two matches.

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Romelu Lukaku Says Some Teammates were Hiding After UCL Exit

Romelu Lukaku said that some of his Manchester United teammates were so taken aback by their crashing out of UEFA Champions League last night that they went hiding in the dressing room after the game. United were heavy favorites to go through to the quarterfinals, but fell behind 2-0 and lost 2-1, getting eliminated in a result that was bad for everybody involved.

United supporters were livid by the team’s uninspiring showing. Club legends and current pundits Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes gave scathing criticisms of the team. Manager Jose Mourinho was rather blase about it all, which probably incensed fans even more, and he still maintains that it wasn’t a bad game his side played. He’ll struggle to find people to agree with that assessment.

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Lionel Messi Nutmegs Thibaut Courtois Twice, Scores Quickest Goal of his Career

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The goal that Lionel Messi scored tonight against Chelsea, just 2:08 into Barcelona’s 3-0 victory  vs. Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League round of 16, is the quickest goal that he has ever scored in his career for club or country. That’s 602 goals in total, and this was the earliest into a match of all.

Entering this Champions League tie, Messi had never scored against Chelsea in eight games and that made for his worst individual record against any one team. However, he scored Barca’s only goal in the away leg at Stamford Bridge, and now added two more tonight at home.

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Southampton FC Officially Name Mark Hughes New Manager

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That didn’t take very long at all. Mark Hughes was officially named the new Southampton FC Manager minutes ago, via press release. The announcement of the Welshman’s appointment comes just two days after they officially sacked Mauricio Pellegrino.

“Hughes has agreed a contract with the club until the end of the season and will take training at the club’s Staplewood Campus for the first time on Thursday,” the statement reads.

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Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold Battling to be Top Overall NFL Draft Pick

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Saquon Barkley had a monster scouting combine, and that elite “underwear olympics” performance, combined with his stellar body of work on the field, has made the Penn State running back, the current favorite to be selected #1 overall in the NFL Draft next month.
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a back taken first overall, and coincidentally it was a Nittany Lion- KiJana Carter taken first by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995.

The NFL has gotten away from taking tailbacks at the very top of the draft, instead focusing on passers, pass-rushers, and pass defending specialists. Yes, the cliche is certainly true- “it’s a pass first league.” If it’s not Barkley who goes first, it could be USC quarterback Sam Darnold, who had been the favorite to go #1 most of the season.
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