MANCHESTER UNITED: JOSE MOURINHO RANT

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho

MANCHESTER UNITED: JOSE MOURINHO

Transcript of Jose Mourinho’s rant

Manchester United was knocked out by Sevilla in their Champions League Last 16-second leg tie. England Premier League club Chelsea was also knocked out, while Liverpool and Manchester City went through to the Champions League quarter-finals. Jose Mourinho went on an amazing 12-minute rant as he launched an impassioned defense of his Manchester United record in the wake of the shock Champions League exit. Buy Liverpool v Manchester City tickets to watch the upcoming Champions League clash on Wednesday, April 4. 

Man United's famous Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho is the son of Felix Mourinho, a former Portuguese international goalkeeper. Following Man United’s surprise upset, Jose Mourinho talked for about 12 minutes in his post-match Manchester United press conference. Mourinho went on a long wide-ranging rant in response to a question from the media. The following is the transcript of his interview ahead of the crucial FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton. With the club and fans shocked by Tuesday's surprise Champions League last-16 exit due to losing to Sevilla, here is what the Portuguese said.

Media’s question:

"I've spoken to a few of the supporters this week that said they were a bit disappointed by some of the performance levels against Sevilla. What would you say to those fans?"

Jose Mourinho’s response:

"I say to the fans that the fans are the fans, and the fans have the right to have their opinions and to have their reactions,” said Mourinho. "But there is something that I used to call football heritage - I try to translate from my Portuguese, which is almost perfect to my English that is far from perfect. But translation, word by word is something like football heritage and what a manager inherits is something like is that the last time Manchester United won the Champions League, which didn't happen a lot of times, was in 2008. The (last) final was 2011. Since 2011, 2012 out in the group phase. The group was almost the same group as we had this season: Benfica, Basel and Galati from Romania. Out in the group phase.

"In 2013, out at Old Trafford in the last-16. I was in the other bench (as Real Madrid manager).

"In 2014, out in the quarter-final.

"In 2015, no European football.

"In 2016, comes back to European football, out in the group phase, goes to Europa League and on the second knockout out, out of Europa League.

"On 2017, play Europa League, win Europa League with me and goes back to Champions League.

"In 2018, win the group phase with 15 points in possible 18 and loses at home the last-16.

"So, in seven years with four different managers, once not qualified for Europe, twice out in the group phase and the best was a quarter-final. This is football heritage,” added Mourinho. "And if you want to go to the Premier League, the last victory was 12-13 and in the four consecutive seasons, United finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh - or seventh, fourth, five and six. So, in the last four years the best was fourth. This is football heritage. It means that when you start the process, you are here, you are there, or you are there. It is heritage. It's heritage. And if the fans, that I will always respect, always respect... if the fans... and many of them are the ones you speak with (in the media), many of them are the ones I speak with, or I am very lucky and very unlucky (with you speak to). But the ones that speak with you are very disappointed and the ones I speak with knows what is is football heritage. They know what is a process and know when they arrive. When I arrived in Real Madrid, do you know how many players played quarter-final of Champions League? Xabi Alonso with Liverpool, Iker Casillas with Real Madrid and Cristian Ronaldo with Real Madrid. All the others, not even a quarter-final. That's football heritage"

Media’s question:

"Jose, those stats..."

Jose Mourinho’s response:

"They are real, they are real. Do you want other real? I'll give you a couple more real. In the last seven years, the worst position of Manchester City in the Premier League was fourth. In the last seven years, Manchester City was champions twice and if you want to say three times because they will be in one more week, two, three or four (weeks) and they were second twice. That's heritage. Do you know what is also heritage? It's that (Nicolas) Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, (David) Silva, (Raheem) Sterling, (Sergio) Aguero - they are investments from the past, not from the last two years. From the past. Do you know how many of United players that left the club last season? See where they play. Where they play, how they play, if they play. That's football heritage. And one day when I leave, the next Manchester United manager will find here (Romelu) Lukaku, (Nemanja) Matic, of course (David) De Gea from many years ago, they will find players with a different mentality, with a different quality, with a different background, with a different status, with a different know-how. And for some reason, you go to the Champions League quarter-final like today and there are there four clubs that are always there. Always there. Barcelona is always there in the past seven, eight years. Real Madrid is always there in the past seven, eight years. Juventus is always there, Bayern Munich is always there and then, of course, appears now and again another club like my Inter, like some other clubs like Monaco last season. Some clubs but the ones that are always there is for some reason. Is for some reason. And the good thing for me and the amazing feeling for me is that I am (on) exactly in the same page as the owners, as (executive vice-chairman) Mr (Ed) Woodward, as (managing director) Mr (Richard) Arnold. We are exactly in the same page. We agree in everything. We know that we have a process. We agree in the investments, we agree that we have what we have, the investments we are going to do are going to be progressively season after season. We need more than the investments, we need also the time. We are exactly in the same page.

"So, life is good.

"I have an amazing job to do. Yesterday I met a new person that we have in the club working in a different area, nothing to do directly with my job but it is as a person that come from another club and I asked, 'why did you decide to come? And the person told me 'because I did as fantastic job in another club and I know that this club I have a big, huge job in front of me to do, so I come for the challenge'. Well done, well done - my decision to come here was the same thing. I could be in another country with a league in the pocket. The kind of league you win before the league starts. I could be (but) I am not, I am here. I am here, and I am going to be here, and no way - no way - I am going to change my mentality. For me, I don't know if you know the expression, I don't know if the translation to England makes you understand, but there is quote that I like which is something like 'in every wall is a door'.

"You know, every wall is a door?

"I am not going to run away, I am not going to disappear, I am not going to cry because I heard a few boos. I am not going to disappear from the tunnel, running immediately. The next match I'll be the first to go out. I respect the fans, I am not afraid anything. I am not afraid of my responsibilities. When I was 20 years old, I was nobody in football. I was somebody's son. What I was with, a lot of pride, when I was 20 years old was somebody's son. You know? And now, with 55, I am what I am, I did what I did because of work, because of my talent and because of my mentality. So, they can be together. You know, I understand that for many, many, many, many, many, many years, it was really, really hard for the people that doesn't like me.”

"'Here he is again', 'here he wins again,' 'here he is again', 'here he wins again', so for 10 months I win nothing. For 10 months, I win nothing. The last title I won was 10 months ago, you know? I beat Liverpool, I beat Chelsea, I lose against Sevilla and now is there moment to be happy. OK, I also learned that in my religious formation be happy with others happiness even if the others are your enemies. So be with it. I am a very lucky guy and I am really happy to be what I am."

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David de Gea, Manchester United

Save percentage: 81.2%, Total saves: 95, Clean sheets: 15

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his No.1 goalkeeper David De Gea looks on track to win a fourth player-of-the-year award in his at Old Trafford having won in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Spaniard has once again been amazing this season for his Manchester United side, making 95 stops, recording a save percentage of 81.2 and keeping a Premier League-high 15 clean sheets. De Gea has made about twice as many as his rivals Ederson (46) and Hugo Lloris (53). Manchester United are second in on the Premier League Table having conceded fewer goals than anyone but Manchester City who are in first place on track to win the Premier League trophy. Manchester United currently sit in their top position in the England Premier League since former manager Six Alex Ferguson’s departure. However, United are proving more reliant on the brilliant Spanish goalie than ever. De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is in negotiations about a new contract with Manchester United, with Real Madrid also interested, and the importance of retaining the 27-year-old is crucial to the Red Devils. In United’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal in December, de Gea made 14 saves. Victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday moved Man United five points clear of their cross-town noisy neighbors and strengthen their grip on second place. David de Gea Quintana is regarded by many as the best goalkeeper in the world, and De Gea is the master shot-stopper to date this season.

Born: November 7, 1990 (age 27), Madrid, Spain

Height: 6′ 4″

Weight: 168 lbs

Salary: 10.4 million GBP (2015)

Current teams: Manchester United F.C. No.1 Goalkeeper; Spain national football team No.11 Goalkeeper

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Save percentage: 69.7%, Total saves: 53, Clean sheets: 13

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Save percentage: 69.7%, Total saves: 46, Clean sheets: 13

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Save percentage: 68%, Total saves: 17, Clean sheets: 5

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Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea

Save percentage: 67.9%, Total saves: 55, Clean sheets: 13

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Save percentage: 62%, Total saves: 67, Clean sheets: 9

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Save percentage: 59.3%, Total saves: 35, Clean sheets: 7

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Mignolet is spending this season on the substitutes' bench after beginning the campaign as Liverpool's No.1. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has replaced Mignolet in favor of Loris Karius.

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Nemanja Matic celebrates scoring the winning goal for Manchester United

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Crystal Palace 2-3 Manchester United

Crystal Palace goals: Andros Townsend 11, Patrick Van Aanholt 48

Manchester United goals: Chris Smalling 55' min, Romelu Lukaku 76" min, Nemanja Matic 90" min

Crystal Palace goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt put Roy Hodgson's side on course for a first top-flight win against Manchester United in 19 matches going back to 1991, but Jose Mourinho's men battled back to victory. Serbia international Nemanja Matic scored an amazing stoppage-time winner as Man Utd came from 2-0 down to go second on the Premier League table and leave Crystal Palace in the relegation zone. Mighty Manchester United came back from being 2-0 behind to win in injury-time at Crystal Palace, due to a spectacular left-boot late strike from Nemanja Matic at 90 minutes into the top corner of the net. Chris Smalling scored Man United’s first goal, a header, at 55’, and Romulu Lukaku scored the equalizer at 76' in an exciting clash at Selhurst Park that gave the Red Devils 3 valuable points moving them back up to second place behind arch-rivals Manchester City in their battle for a top-four finish.

United manager José Mourinho was proud of his men’s intensity in fighting back from two goals down, but conceded their late victory was a “fantastic comeback with mistakes” after Nemanja Matic’s strike from 30 yards.

“It was a fantastic comeback but with mistakes,” Mourinho said. “We started bad once more. Not pressing the ball, not pressing the opposition and giving them too much space. Then they scored the goal. In the second half we conceded again, a goal to show kids in academies around the country that top teams can concede silly goals. But after that the attitude was fantastic, and the intensity, the quality, the dynamic. You need luck to win in the last minute but I say we deserved it because our domination in the last half hour was huge. I have to recognize Palace did very well. Roy was aggressive, very clever. He tried to bring the emotion of the game to his team. Congratulations to them. It’s very hard for them to go home without a single point because they gave absolutely everything but don’t get to go home with a single point.”

At the break Mourinho replaced Scott McTominay with Marcus Rashford, and Juan Mata and Luke Shaw also came off the bench. 

“Marcus was good,” said Mourinho. “He immediately created several dangerous situations. He helped to open up lots more spaces in between their defenders, where our attacking players could make runs. So he was very good for us.”

Roy Hodgson only felt “sadness” after the loss.

“I saw a group of players give their all for the club against a team who on paper are bigger than us. I can’t criticise any player or any person for the effort they made or their discipline tactically,” said Hodson. “If Matic doesn’t score a worldie I’d have been sitting here saying what a good performance, what a good point. But any analysis builds backward from the result.”

“The next game is just as difficult playing the reigning champions and the 11 who played today are the 11 I have fit,” added Hodson about his side’s next match against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea. “I don’t need convincing that this team has qualities and enormous fighting spirit. Perhaps some of these fortunate moments will fall our way as the season goes on. But whether you’re in relegation or just out of it the focus is on the same: getting points.”

With the loss of the 3 points, Crystal Palace could end their season on the bottom of the Premier League Table. If they go down by a point or two, this defeat to Manchester United will be a result that they will truly regret after almost winning when they were two goals up at home, with 42 minutes to play, and then conceding three goals to go down in defeat at the end to relegation, a point adrift of 17th place Southampton. Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is fighting the drop using everything he knows with the setback of having so many players out. Palace have now lost all nine Premier League games they have played this season without Wilfried Zaha in the side. Benteke and Alexander Sorloth were in form and worked hard for a victory, but the Eagles were desperately lacking Zaha's pace and drive. Palace have failed to win a single game in their last six and are without ten first-teamers including Wilfried Zaha through injury. 

Seventy-year-old Roy Hodson is the manager who saved West Brom and Fulham from the drop when both clubs looked buried. Hodson talked about his side’s chances of Premier League survival.

"It's been a Groundhog Day moment," said Roy Hodgson. "We once again go away with no points and like the game against Tottenham - I thought we deserved something. I was expecting to come away with one point but once again it is nothing and I feel devastated for the players. We took the game to Manchester United. If we had drawn the game, I don't think anyone - Jose included - would have said it was a scandal." 

Nemanja Matic talked about his first goal ever for Manchester United.

“Palace had the crowd behind them but we showed character. We did exactly what the manager wanted. I’m happy. When the ball bounced, I knew it was going to be a good shot. I know scoring is not my job but I have to do it sometimes.”

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Red Devils No.1 goalie David De Gea gets massive credit for his stunning one-handed save just after Lukaku’s equalizer to help maintain Manchester United’s record of not losing to Crystal Palace in now 20 Premier League matches.

Andros Townsend's shot on goal at 11 minutes deflected in off Victor Lindelof to put Palace ahead 1-0. Patrick van Aanholt went past United’s defense to beat David de Gea at 48 minutes making the score 2-0, igniting Crystal Palace’s hopes of a first Premier League win against United. Then at 55 minutes, Chris Smalling headed in Antonio Valencia's cross – 2-1. Nemanja Matic shot was cleared off the line by Christian Benteke at 74 minutes. Star striker Romelu Lukaku equalised with a low finish after Alexis Sanchez's shot deflected up onto the crossbar at 76 mins – 2-2. Man Utd superstar goalie David de Gea made a superb save at 77 minutes to keep out a Christian Benteke header. At 90+1 minutes, Nemanja Matic scored to make it a 2-3 win for United, sending the Red Devils second. If Crystal Palace had won against Jose Mourinho’s Man United side, they would have climbed out of the relegation zone and all the way up to 13th place.

Squads

Crystal Palace 

Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Tomkins, Van Aanholt; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Sørloth, Benteke. Subs: Lee, Cavalieri, Souare, Delaney, Rakip, Jach, Riedewald. 
Manchester United 

De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelöf, Young; McTominay, Matic, Pogba; Sánchez, Lingard, Lukaku. Subs: Bailly, Mata, Carrick, Rashford, Shaw, Darmian, Joel Pereira. 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has extended his contract with his club. Mourinho has reached 100 games as Manchester United manager. Here is a look at his record to date, how it compares to previous Red Devils managers, his top signings, and his performance, along with a collection of portraits, and with links to buy Man United football tickets for upcoming matches in the England Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Champions League.

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Jose Mourinho, boss Manchester United

Manchester United update 

Premier League: Finishing sixth in the Premier League last season cost United a spot in the prestigious Champions League. However, Mourinho refocused and United won the Europa League to get back into the Champions League. They are at least mounting a challenge this season, but Mourinho will not class his time at Old Trafford as a success until he has won the title. It already looks like he will have to wait until next season at the earliest.

Champions League: Mourinho's record in the Champions League with United stands at five wins from six games. It guaranteed smooth progress into the knockout rounds, and after drawing Sevilla in the round-of-16, they will expect to make into the quarterfinals. Anything beyond that will be a success for a United team who didn't even qualify in two of the previous three seasons.

Europa League: United made a slow start to last season's Europa League, losing two of their first four games. But once Mourinho realized it was the best hope of making it back into the Champions League, United looked destined to win it. They got a scare against Celta Vigo in the semifinals, particularly the second leg at Old Trafford, but Ajax hardly got a kick in the final.

FA Cup: Mourinho took the FA Cup seriously last season when he didn't need the hassle of extra games. He picked a strong team against Chelsea in the sixth round, and the result might have been different had Ander Herrera not been sent off in the first half. He picked another strong side against Derby in the third round this season and looks set to give the competition another good go. It's a slight anomaly that Mourinho has won it only once.

League Cup: Mourinho has a good record in the League Cup, and it continued last term. Winning a trophy so early in his first season got a monkey off his back straight away. Defeat to Championship side Bristol City in the quarterfinals this season was one of the worst results of Mourinho's reign, but winning the competition already will have taken the edge off.

Other: Mourinho won the Community Shield against Leicester last season, but the performance against Real Madrid in the Super Cup in August was disappointing. The game finished 2-1, but United never looked likely to win it.

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Manchester United Records: Mourinho, Ferguson, Moyes, van Gaal

Jose Mourinho - P100 W62 D23 L15 F180 A70 Win: 62%

Sir Alex Ferguson - P100 W48 D31 L21 F152 A93 Win: 48%

David Moyes (full tenure, didn't last 100 games) P51 W27 D9 L15 F86 A54 Win: 53%

Louis van Gaal (first 100 games, lasted 103 overall) P100 W52 D25 L23 F151 A93 Win: 52%

Jose Mourinho's top signings for Manchester United

2018

Alexis Sanchez: On paper he looks like a big upgrade from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and a terrific coup from under the noses of Manchester City.

Romelu Lukaku: Goals have not been a problem for the Belgian, but goals in the biggest games have been. He has still scored only once against a team in the top half this season.

Nemanja Matic: The Serbian midfielder started the season well after his move from Chelsea, and although his form has dipped slightly, he has still been one of the reasons Paul Pogba has kicked on.

Victor Lindelof: The Swede has not had that many opportunities to prove that his £31 million move from Benfica represents value for money, but the 23-year-old was bought for the future rather than to have an instant impact.

2016-17

Paul Pogba: The world record £89.3 million United spent on Paul Pogba is already starting to look like a bargain.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: He scored some important goals in the Europa League last season, but the fact that he has been allowed to join Arsenal after just 18 months tells you everything.

Eric Bailly: His injury record is starting to become a concern, but when fit, he is United's best center-back. The £30 million fee already looks like a steal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: He scored 28 goals in his first season, a fantastic return for a free transfer. Injury has ruined any chance of seeing what else he could achieve.

United beat Chelsea to the signing of Lukaku from Everton last summer, choosing to overlook Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata in order to strike a deal for the Belgian. So far, the jury is out on both Lukaku and Morata, who ended up at Chelsea instead. Lukaku has hit 17 goals in 33 games for United, but he has still to make a decisive contribution against a top-six rival. The arrival of Sanchez will only help Lukaku because the Chilean will free space for the center-forward, but Lukaku has to take advantage and show that he has the personality and mental strength to play for a club of United's stature.

Beating Manchester City to the signing of Sanchez from Arsenal was a huge statement by United as a club -- one that tells the rest of Europe that they mean business at Old Trafford. Off the pitch, United have already seen the Sanchez deal work for them, and it is difficult to imagine that the player will not make a similar impact on the pitch. Mourinho will regard the signing as proof of his ability to still attract the best players, especially when he overcame old rival Pep Guardiola to sign the forward.

United have had some good results under Mourinho: beating Chelsea at Old Trafford last season and Arsenal at the Emirates in December. But the high point of his reign so far was lifting the Europa League.

United fans got to go to another European final, and victory over Ajax ensured Champions League football this season. It turned an average first season in charge into a successful one.

It might be a competition that the super clubs tend to overlook as second rate, but it enabled United to complete the set of major trophies, it re-established the club's status as a European force, and crucially, it secured a route back into the Champions League, so it was a hugely significant success.

Defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford in December. United looked like title challengers until that point, but a victory for Pep Guardiola's side opened an 11-point lead at the top of the table.

It wasn't just the result that was disappointing. It finished 2-1, but United never really looked in the game. A chance to make a statement in the title race passed them by.

Elsewhere, last season's 4-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea was a humiliation for Mourinho in more ways than one. It was a stinging defeat for United, but less than a year after being sacked by Chelsea, to go back and suffer such a heavy loss was painful for the Special One -- especially when new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte prompted his anger by urging the Stamford Bridge fans to turn up the volume.

Manchester United fans

Mourinho is winning the hearts of Manchester United supporters. The Red Devils won two trophies last season, they're in second place on the England Premier League in the highest position they've consistently been in the league for years, they're past the group stages of the Champions League, and they're buying world-class players. His tactics for the big games are frustrating, and that is the biggest gripe the supporters have with him. Being more reserved isn't such a problem, and they'd certainly rather draw 0-0 at Anfield than concede four goals there like Manchester City did, but more risks need to be taken. Only two teams have scored more than United, and no side has conceded fewer. City will win the league this season, but if United buy well in the summer, they could and should be serious contenders next season. It was always going to take a long time to undo the damage caused by David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, but Mourinho certainly has United heading in the right direction again.

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JOSE MOURINHO

José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, GOIH, known as José Mourinho, is a Portuguese football manager and former football player. He is the manager of Premier League club Manchester United.

Born: January 26, 1963 (age 55), Setúbal, Portugal

Spouse: Matilde Faria (m. 1989)

Awards: Order of Prince Henry, FIFA World Coach of the Year,

Teams coached: Manchester United F.C. (Manager, since 2016),

Children: Matilde Mourinho, Jose Mario Mourinho Jr.

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When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.

I think the best place to work in football is England.

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Jose Mourinho’s managerial record by team and tenure

P W D L Win %

Benfica - 20 September 2000 to 5 December 2000; 11 6 3 2 54.5%

União de Leiria - July 2001 23 to January 2002; 20 9 7 4 45.05%

Porto - 23 January 2002 to 2 June 2004; 127 91 21 15 71.7%

Chelsea - 2 June 2004 to 20 September 2007; 185 124 40 21 67.0%

Internazionale - 2 June 2008 to 28 May 2010; 108 67 26 15 62.0%

Real Madrid - 31 May 2010 to 1 June 2013; 178 128 28 22 71.%

Chelsea -  3 June 2013 to 17 December 2015; 136 80 29 27 58.8%

Manchester United -  27 May 2016 to Present; 101 62 23 16 61.4%

Total: 866P 567W 177L 122D 65.5% 

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Premier League Big Six Managers Guides

The overall control of the England top-tier Premier League by the top six sides called the "Big Six" has increased this season primarily due to their dedicated, skilled, creative managers as well as the top talent they have recruited for their titan clubs. The “Big Four” of the 2000’s threatened to take over the Premier League for years to come, but Spurs and City managed to break in. Nipping at the heals of the Big Six clubs are Burnley, Everton, and Leicester City. However it will be difficult now is for another team to establish themselves among the powerful, rich elite clubs that control the top of the table. The England Premier League is the top, most competitive and most unpredictable pro football league in the world. The EPL table shows a difference of 49 points that separate the top of the table team Man City from the bottom club West Brom as of February 3, 2018. The gigantic sums of money Premier League teams can now offer their recruits has improved the quality of famous superstar players they can now attract.

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger

Chelsea: Antonio Conte

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp

Manchester City: Pep Guardiola

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochitino

ALEXIS SANCHEZ TO DEBUT FOR MAN UNITED V YEOVIL

Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United

ALEXIS SANCHEZ TO DEBUT FOR MAN UNITED V YEOVIL

Alexis Sanchez to make his ManUtd debut in FA Cup fourth-round match against Yeovil Town

New Red Devils’ signing Alexis Sanchez will feature in his first Manchester United match today against Yeovil Town after amazing his new teammates in his first training session. Sanchez has gone straight in the squad for Friday night's away FA Cup clash with Yeovil. Sanchez has already made a big impact on his new Manchester United teammates with Luke Shaw describing the Chilean as 'unbelievable'. The forward completed his switch from Arsenal this week and has gone straight into manager Jose Mourinho's squad for Friday night's FA Cup clash with Yeovil.  He has trained with his new colleagues and Shaw believes the 29-year-old has given the squad a lift. Asked how the he has fitted in, the left-back told MUTV: “Really good. He has trained over the last three days now. He’s unbelievable.

“We all knew what he was capable of anyway. He’s been with us for a few days now in training and some of the stuff he’s done is unbelievable. “After training the other day, there were four of us outside there doing free-kicks and he literally put five in the top corner in a row and we all were just like ‘wow, this guy’.

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“It’s really good to have him – he’s a good guy and he’ll be even better on the pitch, so I'm really looking forward to playing with him and hopefully he can add to the attacking threat we’ve already got. We’ve got unbelievable players up top and he’s only going to boost the strength in depth we have.”

Sanchez has given Shaw a taste of what opposition defenders can expect, adding: “He’s really quick with the ball, quick at turning and stuff like that, but you want to be training with the best. Alexis Sanchez boards the United flight to Yeovil on Friday morning. Alexis Sanchez boards the United flight to Yeovil on Friday morning.

“It’s good to keep adding that strength we have in the squad to test yourself day by day and get better in training by facing world-class players like that. “We’re lucky he’s got everything – determination, hunger, he never stops running, he’s always working hard. He brings assists, he brings goals and he’ll bring experience for us from the teams that he’s been at and the players he’s been playing with, so it’s really good for the team and I’m looking forward to playing with him.”

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