United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Southampton Receive FA Cup Draws

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Chelsea was able to finish off Leicester City 2-1 in extra time tonight, and with that result, complete the quarterfinal round of the FA Cup. Once the Sunday evening clash between the sides that comprise the last three Premier League title winners was complete, the FA Cup semi-final draw was held.

The results: Manchester United will face Tottenham, and Chelsea were drawn against Southampton.

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Romelu Lukaku Optimistic About United Summer Transfer Window

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It’s been an extremely tumultuous week at Manchester United, with not one, but two Jose Mourinho rants on the heels of team’s shock early exit from Europe.

However, striker Romelu Lukaku remains very optimistic about the future. The Belgian says that his side will have no problem bridging the gap between themselves and Manchester City/other UEFA Champions League title contenders this summer when they dip into the transfer market. Lukaku maintains that United, currently in second place and thus, very likely to earn another Champions League berth next season, remain a very attractive destination in the summer transfer window.

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Luke Shaw FA Cup Performance Slammed by Manager Jose Mourinho

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The roller coaster relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and defender Luke Shaw continued in a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion. The victory secured a place in the FA Cup semifinals for United, but Mourinho completely slammed most of his own team on multiple levels after the game nonetheless.

Only midfielder Nemanja Matic was spared from heavy criticism, as Mourinho lit into his team, saying they lacked class, personality and desire. Today saw Luke Shaw make his first start since since the last FA Cup win, a clean sheet victory over Huddersfield Town last month.

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Jose Mourinho Says His Team Lacks Class, Personality and Desire

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Could Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho again be experiencing his “third season” syndrome, which has become synonymous with his career, although this time a year early? Mourinho, recently given a contract extension, is in year two at Old Trafford, but acting out with the kind of peculiarities that often come during the third season he is at the helm of a club.

Just yesterday, he spent about 80% of his Friday news conference on a bizarre monologue that questioned United’s “football heritage.” Today, despite winning 2-0 over Brighton & Hove Albion, and thus securing a place in the FA Cup semifinals, he completely ripped into most of his own team on multiple levels.

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Full Transcription of Very Long Jose Mourinho “Football Heritage” Rant

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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, via YouTube over at this link. You may just want to watch the video, because it’s 15 minutes long, and over 12 of those minutes is a Mourinho monologue on just one topic.

That topic, in response to a reporter’s question about the opinions of the fans, is what Mourinho called the concept of “football heritage.” Mourinho was rather blase about United’s early Champions League exit on Tuesday night, even going so far as to say that United betting bounced from Europe early is nothing new. Today, he defended what he meant in midweek by detailing United’s recent history in the European tournament.

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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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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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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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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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Jamie Carragher Suspended by Sky for Spitting at Man United Fan


We might have seen the last of Jamie Carragher as a Sky Sports pundit. The network announced the suspension of the Liverpool legend for the rest of this season. Beyond that- who knows? However, his status for next season is certainly in question. Carragher is being punished for spitting at a Manchester United fan and his 14-year-old daughter.

“Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again,” reads the statement from Sky on Carragher’s future.

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