WAYNE ROONEY MAY LEAVE MANCHESTER UNITED FOR CHINA
Wayne Rooney did no go with his Man Utd side to Saint Etienne to battle for a spot in the next round of the UEFA Europa League. Reportedly Rooney is open to moving to the Chinese Super League after being told by his boss Jose Mourinho that he is free to leave Manchester United although Mourinho made it clear that he wants Wazza to stay on until the end of his career. United would prefer to wait until the summer to sell Rooney, 31, even though the club captain is open to leaving before the CSL transfer window closes on February 28. United have named Antoine Griezmann as Rooney’s potential replacement and it remains probable the No.10 will see out his 13th campaign at Old Trafford. Rooney considered joining a Major League Soccer (MLS) club as his first choice but he does not expect a Stateside move to be an option while he is still under contract at United. Rooney’s current deal expires in June 2019.
The Chinese Super League (CSL) has shocked the global football world after spending an amazing £358.4m since the January transfer window opened. Some of the big names who will be competing in the CSL are Oscar, Carlos Tevez, Axel Witsel and John Obi Mikel. In addition former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will serve as manager of Hebei China Fortune while ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is boss at Shanghai SIPG. A year ago Ramires, Alex Texeira and Gervinho all headed to play for Far East clubs Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney may be the latest big name to link up with a CSL side.
CSL clubs are allowed to have three foreign players in their starting line-ups and Tianjin Quanjian, Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan are the only three clubs who currently have a slot available. Any club in Chinese football's top two tiers has until Tuesday, February 28 to complete a deal while China’s 3rd division has an extended window from March 1 - March 15. If Rooney decides to wait until the summer, the CSL transfer window will reopen on June 19 and close on July 14.
Rooney is already one of the ten top highest paid football players currently in action in Europe and the highest paid football player in the England Premier League.
Wayne Rooney's Manchester United record and honors
Premier League: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
FA Cup: 2016
Football League Cup: 2006, 2010
FA Community Shield: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016
UEFA Champions League: 2008
FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
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The world's highest paid players
1. Carlos Tevez £615,000 per-week (Shanghai Shenua)
2. Oscar £400,000 (Shanghai SIPG)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo £365,000* (Real Madrid)
4. Gareth Bale £350,000* (Real Madrid)
5. Lionel Messi £336,000* (Barcelona)
6. Hulk £320,000 (Shanghai SIPG)
7. Wayne Rooney £300,000 (Manchester United)
8. Graziano Pelle £295,000 (Shandong Luneng)
9. Paul Pogba £290,000 (Manchester United)
10. Neymar £275,000* (Barcelona)
Man Utd superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores second goal against West Ham
PREMIER LEAGUE: WEST HAM UNITED 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United win 1st match in 2017 to go within a point of 4th place on EPL Table
Jose Mourniho's Manchester United side got off to a winning start in the New Year as the Red Devils defeated 10 man West Ham 2-0 away at London Stadium to go within one point of fourth place with second half goals from sub Juan Mata assisted by teenager Marcus Rashford, and superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday evening. Ibra has already scored more goals in all competitions than Manchester United's top goal scorer last season (Martial, 17). Amazing Man Utd goalie David de Gea gets credit for another clean sheet in his 250th appearance for the club. In Round 20 to date, Chelsea remain in first with 49 points; Liverpool are in second with 44 points, Manchester City are in third with 42 points, Arsenal are in fourth with 41 points, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are tied in fifth with 39 points apiece. Everton is in seventh with 30 points, West Brom is in eighth with 29 points, AFC Bournemouth is in ninth with 25 points, Southampton is in tenth with 24 points.
Juan Mata 63
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 78
Man United manager Jose Mourinho made five changes to his side from their last match with Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick and Lingard coming in for Smalling, Fellaini, Martial, Bailly and Blind.West Ham manager Bilic brought in Obiang, Lanzini and Feghouli for Noble, Ayew and Carroll.
West Ham United
Randolph, Obiang, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Antonio, Feghouli, Payet, Lanzini. Subs: Carroll, Adrian, Noble, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes, Quina.
De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Ander Herrera, Carrick, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, Lingard. Subs: Mata, Martial, Smalling, Young, Rashford, Romero, Fellaini.
Referee: Mike Dean
Manchester United is enjoying a run of six Premier League victories with their 2-0 defeat of the Hammers. Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in East London to take Man United to within a point of fourth place. The controversial sending off of West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli at 15 minutes after what looked like a hard but fair challenge resulted in a straight red card given by referee Mike Dean in front of a crowd of 57,000.
United manager José Mourinho admitted that the turning point of the match was the controversial call by referee Dean to send off Feghouli after a hefty challenge with Phil Jones that saw both men fight for a loose ball. Half-time arrived accompanied by a chorus of boos directed at Dean. Feghouli will now miss the Hammers' FA Cup third-round home tie against Manchester City on Friday. West Ham supporters showed their anger at the ref by chanting 'Mike Dean - it's all about you'. Dean has shown 14 red cards in the EPL since the start of last season - at least six more than any other referee.
The match was scoreless at half‑time when Mourinho brought on Juan Mata, and then Marcus Rashford who combined to score the opening goal of the match. Mata has been involved in 40 Premier League goals (25 goals, 15 assists) since his Man United debut. Only Wayne Rooney with 46 Premier League goals (29 goals, 17 assists) has a better record in that time.
United are steadily improving match by match hot on the heels of the other top four contenders and gaining momentum with every win including their victory against West Ham only 48 hours after their previous win against Middlesbrough.
After the game, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was still angry with Dean but proud of his men.
"I was pleased with the performance, we fought hard and gave everything. I told my players that if we did this we will be all right in the table. Ten men against a team like this is very hard - but we had chances. I am disappointed with the result and frustrated by how we lost it, but I am proud of my players."
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is enjoying his longest winning run in all competitions (seven) since January 2014 when in charge of Chelsea.
"It was hard for us to think well with one more man - and it was very hard for them physically. I was happy with my choices in Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford, they gave us what we needed. Rashford is very professional and very mature. He is a Manchester United player with Manchester United DNA. I don't feel sorry for West Ham - I didn't watch the decisions. I think if you talk about decisions, we are the champions of bad decisions."
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Juan Mata scores opening goal against West Ham for Man United
Juan Mata celebrates scoring opening goal against West Ham for Manchester United
Man Utd No. 1 goalkeeper David de Gea gets credit for another clean sheet
Jose Mourniho's Man United side defeated West Ham 2-0
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Champions League : Chelsea v FC Schalke 04
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised his side following their defeat saying that they deserved the loss and it cost the London Blues top place on the Premiership Table.
Chelsea lost due to second-half goals by Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.
"I didn't like it. I think we deserved to loose," Mourinho said.
"We had a couple of good chances to score the equaliser, but they were in the game more than us, they fought more than us and they were much more committed than us.
"They were the best team on the pitch. If someone had to win, I think it was Newcastle, not us.
"The game was quite easy to play in the first half, but we were not sharp, we were not intense with the ball. So we let the game go, waiting for a chance to score a goal or a chance to concede and lose it, and that is exactly what I was telling the players at half-time."
It was only Chelsea's second league defeat of the season, bringing an end to a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
"I don't need to lose a match to be aware of [how competitive the league is]," said the former Real Madrid coach, whose side host Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday.
"It is something I know and pass on to my players every game. I know exactly how it is. The race is there for everybody. If Arsenal win [against Liverpool] today, they open the gap. I didn't like my team today."
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Jose Mourinho, the wealthiest manager in football, was honored with the 16th Football Extravaganza award last night. He received this award at a dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Mourinho spent three successful years at Chelsea between 2004-07. He steered the club to two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.
Mourinho left Stamford Bridge after becoming the most successful Chelsea manager, and guided Inter to the treble before joining Real Madrid last summer.
"I miss England and my next job will be in England," said Mourinho.
"There is unfinished business.
"And I think England wants me back, no? It was the most enjoyable time of my career.
"My Chelsea time was amazing as a football manager and family man. My family and I enjoyed it so much. We made so many friends here. We still keep in touch, we still come back."
Mourinho has been rumored to suceed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when he retires, as well as rumors of the two-time Champions League winner replacing Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
"I still have three years at Real Madrid. It is the biggest club in the world but it is also the most difficult club in the world," he added.
"They came to me for the third time and I could not say no to them for the third time - I had to go.
"And I had to go to Italy, that was important for me because I wanted to try there. Everyone said it was the home of tactics so I said let me try there.
"But it is not England, England is special. People in Italy, Spain and Portugal ask me why I love England so much and I can't explain - I just do."
Real Madrid coach Mourinho earns more than any other manager in the game, reports a survey by France Football magazine.
Mourinho earns €13.5m (£11.7m) a year. The Portuguese coach, who won the Champions League as well as Serie A and the Coppa Italia with Italian giants Inter Milan last season, was hired by Real Madrid last summer.
Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola is second with an annual income of €10.5m (£9.1m).
Rafael Benitez, who is between jobs after leaving the Nerazzurri in December 2010, earned €10.2m (£8.9M).
England head coach Fabio Capello is fourth with a salary of €8.5m (£7.4m).
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is the highest paid footballer in the world. The Argentina international, who is regarded as the world’s best footballer and has won the Ballon d’Or for the past two years, earns €31 million (£27m) per year – from his salary and publicity deals. He earns €3.5m (£3m) more than Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, a former team-mate of Ronaldo at Old Trafford, is third in the list with an annual income of €20.7m (£18m).
David Beckham of LA Galaxy and Thierry Henry of New York Red Bulls, are fifth and 11th in the list with earnings of €19m (£16.5m) and €13.6m (£11.8m) respectively.
HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALL MANAGERS MARCH 2011
1) Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) – £11.7m; 2) Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) – £9.1m; 3) Rafael Benitez (ex-Internazionale) – £8.8m; 4) Fabio Capello (England) – £7.4m; 5) Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) – £6m
HIGHEST PAID FOOTBALLERS MARCH 2011
1) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – £26.9 million; 2) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – £23.9m; 3) Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – £18m; 4) Kaka (Real Madrid) – £16.7m; 5) David Beckham (LA Galaxy) – £16.5m; 6) Ronaldinho (Flamengo) – £15.9m; 7) Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) – £13.4; 8) Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – £12.3m; 9) Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – £11.9m; 10) Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) – £11.5m
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