RAY WILKINS 1956 - 2018

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RAY WILKINS 1956 - 2018

Football world mourns an England legend

The world of football was united in grief Wednesday night after former England captain Ray Wilkins died in hospital aged 61. The former Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan star collapsed last week after a heart attack. Premier League clubs on Saturday shared a moment of silence in honor of the memory of Ray Wilkins.

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Fans, officials and football players took part in a minute of applause for Ray Wilkins who passed away earlier in the week ahead of the Premier League Manchester Derby match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Wilkins, a married father of two, had since been in an induced coma at St George's Hospital in south London. His family revealed the devastating news yesterday.

A statement said: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning. We would like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues and members of the public. "Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie."

Wilkins aged 61, known as Butch, was one of the most gifted midfielders of his generation. He won 84 England caps and captained his country 10 times. He began his career at Chelsea, where he was appointed club captain at just 18, before successful spells at Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Rangers, QPR and Crystal Palace.

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Ray Wilkins Assistant manager of Aston Villa shares a joke with Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on October 17, 2015 in London, England.

After his retirement in 1997 he became a manager, taking charge of QPR, Fulham and the Jordan national team. He also worked as a coach at Chelsea and Aston Villa. Wilkins was a popular TV pundit with talk-SPORT and Sky Sports. Wilkins, who bravely battled health issues including ulcerative colitis, was given the all clear after a double heart bypass operation last July. Two years ago, he checked into the Priory Hospital in Woking for a five-week rehabilitation programme after being banned from driving for four years for drink-driving. Ray Wilkins played 84 times for England scoring three goals. Ray was a great football man - liked by all who knew him. Tributes poured in from some of the biggest names in football around the world.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was among those who paid tribute.

"I am very sad to hear the news about Ray and send my deepest sympathies to his family," said Sir Alex Ferguson. "Ray was a great football man, well respected and liked by all who knew him. "Ray was an impressive football talent and had a fantastic career representing some of the biggest clubs in the world. I know that he will be missed by all."

Former United and England superstar David Beckham said: "Incredibly sad to wake up to the news that Ray has passed away."A man that I've always looked up to as a United fan and a player. Plus, he wore our country's shirt with pride. "Our thoughts are with your family and friends."

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Football clubs and famous names have paid tribute to Ray Wilkins after the Chelsea legend passed away

Ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard said: "Ray was a great player and an even greater man. "He was full of kindness and Ray pictured humility, with impeccable manners at all times. He had respect and time for everyone and was a mentor and friend. "I'm not sure they make them like Ray any more. You will be sorely missed."

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker, a former England team-mate, said: "Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. "No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I'll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family."

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Former England star Paul Gascoigne said: "Such a great loss. He was such a gentleman. An unbelievable player. I recall playing against him. I didn't get a touch. He was brilliant."

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Wilkins (fourth left) and Hoddle (second right) after winning the European Under 18 Championship in 1975

Wilkins (fourth left) and the England side after winning the European Under 18 Championship in 1975

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti with assistant manager Ray Wilkins after the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 8, 2010 in London, England.

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MAN UNITED WIN MANCHESTER DERBY

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LA Derby: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores two late goals to lift Galaxy 4-3 LAFC

Former Manchester United superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his Galaxy in the first ever ‘El Trafico’, reportedly named for the city’s ultra-busy freeways. LAFC went ahead when Carlos Vela scored twice in the first 30 minutes, and Galaxy were behind 3-0 just after half-time when Daniel Steres deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper. Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget scored in the 61st minute. Ibrahimovic took the field and assisted in Galaxy’s second as his cross was deflected and fell to Emmanuel Boateng, who set-up Chris Pontius’s header. In the 77th-minute the ball dropped to Ibra at around 40 yards out and he kicked a dipping shot over LAFC goalie Tyler Miller into the back of the net. Ibrahimovic was booked for tearing off his shirt as he wildly celebrated his equalizer. Ashley Cole scooped the ball across the six-yard area and Ibrahimovic headed home the match winner.

Trailing by two goals with less than 20 minutes to play Saturday, the Galaxy fans began chanting the name of the team's new football player. Zlatan Ibrahimovic took off his warmups, strode toward the midfield stripe, and was subbed into the game.

"The fans were demanding something," Ibrahimovic said. "And I gave them Zlatan."

Reportedly Ibrahimovic turned down a $100 million offer from China in favor of completing a two-year $3 million contract with LA Galaxy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has attained instant popularity with LA Galaxy fans after the superstar Swedish striker scored on his debut and was key to the Galaxy’s victory against their cross-town rivals after only one full day on the job. Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his MLS debut with two goals. Ibrahimovic scored a stunning first goal for LA Galaxy before heading in the stoppage-time winner in a 4-3 victory over local rivals LAFC. Ibra made his MLS debut on Saturday and scored to seal Galaxy’s 4-3 victory in the first-ever Los Angeles Derby against cross-city rivals LAFC after coming back from being 3-0 down. It took only 19 minutes to establish his MLS legend as he inspired his side after coming on as a sub in the 71st minute for his LA Galaxy debut with his team being 3-1 down. Ibra quickly scored a brilliant long goal that went over the goalkeeper from 40 yards out. He went on to score the winner in added time. To date, Ibrahimovic has scored in his first appearance in MLS, EPL, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, and the Champions League.

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Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic competed in the first ever Los Angeles Derby between the Galaxy and LAFC coming into the match off the bench in the 71st minute, with LA Galaxy trailing 3-1. His two goals -- one from 40 yards out -- inspired the Galaxy to a 4-3 victory on Saturday in LA.

Thirty-six-year-old Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic became one of Europe's top strikers while starring for eight consecutive title-winning clubs, and historically he scored on his debut for each club. Born on October 3, 1981, in Malmö, Sweden, Ibra developed into a tall, agile athlete with an obvious talent for playing soccer. Ibrahimovic has played for clubs in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, England and currently the United States, nabbing multiple scoring titles while leading his teams to eight consecutive league championships.

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Ibra made his pro debut for Malmö FF in 1999 and helped the second-division club move up to the Allsvenskan league’s first level the following season. Malmö is now the most successful football club in Sweden in trophies won, and the only Northern European club to have reached the final of the European Cup. Ibrahimovic then signed with the titan Dutch club AFC Ajax and honed his talent and formidable skills as part of two title-winning teams. After four years with Ajax, the powerful 6'5" striker transferred to Serie A club Juventus and led the Italian giants to two Serie A league championships. Juve was stripped of those titles when club management was charged with fixing matches in the infamous Calciopoli scandal, and Ibra transfered to rival Serie A club Inter Milan. More success followed for the giant striker, who won three straight Serie A titles and claimed his first league scoring crown in 2009. Traded to Barcelona for Samuel Eto'o in 2009, Ibrahimovic starred for a talented Spanish club that earned a league title and Super Cup trophies, but he and Barca manager Pep Guardiola did not get along, and Ibra spent the following season on loan to A.C. Milan. The Italian club purchased his contract outright for 2011-12 and Ibrahimovic claimed his second scoring La Liga crown, although his stunning run of eight straight seasons on a title-winning club came to an end. After transferring to PSG in 2012, the veteran striker claimed a third scoring title with a career-high 30 goals and leading the club to its first Ligue 1 title in 19 years. Moving on to Manchester United in 2016, Ibrahimovic helped the English club win the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final. He returned the following season but did not play due to a knee injury. In March 2018, United confirmed it had terminated the veteran player's contract, allowing him to move to join the L.A. Galaxy in the U.S.

"Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United. Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history, said Ibrahimovic."

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Prior to Ibra joining Galaxy, the LA side had scored 3 goals in their first 3 games. Galaxy scored 3 in the 20 minutes he was on the field to rally past the Los Angeles Football Club 4-3. Ibrahimovic scored 2 of the 3, the first an improbable score-tying 40-yard volley and the second a game-winning header 10 seconds into stoppage time.

"Today Zlatan was doing Zlatan things," Galaxy striker Ola Kamara said. "I'm never surprised by Zlatan."

"Oh my God, I'm still at loss for words," said midfielder Sebastian Lletget, who scored the Galaxy's first goal. "I don't even know what just happened."

Ibra began the match on the bench after having only one brief training session before Saturday's inner-city rivalry. He watched LAFC run roughshod over Galaxy who were without all three of their designated players, Romain Alessandrini and brothers Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos, who have hamstring injuries. Galaxy didn't put a shot on goal in the first 45 minutes, while LAFC's Carlos Vela scored two. The lead went to 3-0 three minutes after the break when Marcos Urena bounced a ball off the left foot of Galaxy defender Daniel Steres and into the goal.

"Obviously, he came in and rewarded us." Said LA Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid about Ibra’s debut.

Ibrahimovic, 36, last match was 45 minutes for Manchester United more than three months ago. Coming on as a sub late in the game he took advantage of the third time he got the ball collecting a loose ball on a big bounce and sending a hard shot over goalkeeper Tyler Miller to tie the score in the 77th minute. Caught up in the moment, Ibrahimovic ripped his jersey off and danced the 40 yards to the goal line where he was engulfed by his teammates, but was given a yellow card for excessive celebration. He wasn't done this time though. Then ten seconds into stoppage time, he split two defenders and beat Miller to an Ashley Cole cross, heading in the winning goal.

"I felt I played 40 games for my 20 minutes," Ibrahimovic said. "I did the first sprint and I was starting to breathe hard immediately. So I said this time I shoot, I don't run with the ball. It was difficult to describe. I was getting the — how do you say? — the chicken skin, goose bumps, from the third goal we scored. The fourth was even more crazy because you are winning the game. After that I was like 'just stop the game now'."

"It was hot. Trust me," said Ibra. "After 10 minutes I was asking for some cream. I was burning."

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Ibrahimovic confirmed that he had agreed to move to Galaxy from Paris St-Germain in the summer of 2016, only for the deal to collapse. He would subsequently pen a one-year contract at Manchester United, which became two, despite the torn knee ligament suffered in last season’s Europa League semi-final.

“My head was here. I wanted to come here and it didn’t happen,” he said. “For the last two months, I’ve been training every day and still not feeling 100%. Then this move came up where Jovan started to call me every day and I started to put my mind on something in a different way. I spoke to Jovan more than my wife!”

“I’m like Benjamin Button!” said Ibrahimovic. “They said I was too old in the Premier League – the fastest competition in the world. “But I did it and took over. After three months, the super-haters – all the people who were criticizing - became my fans. I will always take the hardest challenge that is out there. At 35, people said I would never make it in the Premier League, even players I talked to. I had 20 years of experience in other competitions and had won trophies, but they said I would be gambling that if I went to the Premier League and the one season wasn’t good. But I took all those years and put it on one bet to go to the Premier League and see what happened. Same thing here, I don’t have anything to prove. I just have to perform. I know what I’m able to do and I will do it. I know in my head what the game is. Now the rest of my body has to follow. I’ve come here to win. I’ve already brought my family. My wife can take care of the family and I can do what I’m good at. The lion is hungry.”

Ibrahimovic made seven first-team appearances and scored once for Manchester United when he returned to Man Utd duty in November, but his final appearance came on 26 December, due to a fresh setback. He admits he was unable to get back to full fitness during the remainder of his career at Old Trafford.

“I started to play, but I had a bit to do before I could go all in. I played six to seven games, scored a goal, but I felt something. I didn’t feel 100%. I didn’t feel ready, so I took a step back,” he said.

Galaxy endured the worst season in the club’s history in 2017, LAFC are the new kids on the block with a new $250m stadium in the heart of LA.The Galaxy are the only team to have five titles. Ibrahimovic is fully aware of Galaxy’s history after speaking with his former PSG team-mate David Beckham.

“When David Beckham came here he gave a boost to the league and to the Galaxy, and set the bar with where he had come from,” said Ibrahimovic. That was something that kept going with Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane, and now I’m here. “It’s the most successful club in the history of MLS and the right environment for me. They’re used to getting players from Europe in this situation. I see the potential. Last year was not a good year, but something new is going on. I’m an extra piece in the big puzzle. I know what I can bring, and I will bring it. I’m not arrogant, I’m confident. The people who don’t understand say I’m arrogant.”

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Carlo Ancelotti was asked whether he’ll become Italy’s next manager.

“My answer is this - the federation, now with the help of Coni (Italian Olympic Committee), must create its own new structure, after which it will make the decision,” replied Conti. “I can’t make a decision now. It needs clarity, then you can think about it, even if my goal is still to train a club team. I still do not know, it’s all on the high season, you have to wait a couple of months.”

Ancelotti has ruled out managing in France and Germany again, while AC Milan are his only option in Italy. The Italian has already managed Real Madrid.

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Last Friday, after a three-year courtship the LA Galaxy got their man. Sweden superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just signed with the US football team LA Galaxy who had come close to signing Ibra several times in the past. MLS club LA Galaxy were in touch with the Swedish celebrity soccer player on and off for the last three years and almost got him on board in 2017 before a major knee injury he suffered last April put off any talk of the then Man United superstar striker moving from Manchester to the City of Angels. As Ibrahimovic was healing from his injury, LA kept up the conversation and remained in contact with Zlatan, periodically checking in on him until, about four months ago when he was first returning to competition for Manchester United from his ruptured ACL. At that time Ibra let Galaxy know that he thought the time was right for him to finally make the move to MLS. LA still wanted him, but Galaxy president Chris Klein said that the club initially thought Ibrahimovic wouldn’t agree to move until the summer since he was still under contract with Manchester United through the end of the 2017-18 English Premier League season in May. Ibra worked his way back into the United’s regular rotation following his initial return from injury in November. After playing in seven matches from November 18 to December 26, Zlatan missed all of January and much of February to recover further from reinjury of his initial injury. Another factor in Zlatan’s decision to leave Manchester United was their falling out of contention for trophies in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League. Serious negotiations with Galaxy began a few weeks ago, with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United confirming Thursday that they’d terminated Ibrahimovic’s contract, making him a free agent. Galaxy announced the next day on Friday that they’d signed him to a two-year deal using Targeted Allocation Money. The hiring of Ibrahimovic is the biggest signing in an offseason in LA, who endured the worst season in club history last year when they finished tied for last in MLS with just 32 points.

“They see that I played in Europe at big clubs, forget the Champions League,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic about his move. “They see that I was at Manchester United. They know that I understand what they’re going through, what they’ve been through, and what they’re going to because I played for the Galaxy too. That’s massive for me. I tell them the truth, the pros and cons of everything. In the end, selling what the Galaxy is, who we are, and AEG... that’s the biggest thing.”

The communication with LA Galaxy began during Ibra’s final days at PSG in 2016 through a chance meeting between the Swede, his agent, and club president, Chris Klein. About a year later, Ibrahimović and his family visited LA with Kirovski serving as the tour guide, showing them around the stadium. The trip ended with a dinner between the Galaxy’s technical director, Ibrahimović, and football legend David Beckham at a chi-chi Beverly Hills restaurant.

“It needed to make sense,” Klein said about the hiring. “We didn’t put on a piece of paper ‘Sign one of the biggest names in the world for TAM’ and think that will cure all of our problems. We knew that it needed a systematic approach, that it needed some additional quality signings in the offseason and to build some stability in the team. Just take that next step forward, that was the objective for us. And when the opportunity presented itself with Zlatan, we evaluated it from all sides and decided it was the right thing to do.”

Reportedly Galaxy will pay Ibrahimovic $1.5 million per season during his deal. Signing him at that price was the only way for LA to land the 36-year-old Ibrahimovic. The Galaxy already employs the MLS League maximum of 3 Designated Players on their roster - Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini. The most Galaxy is allowed to spend without selling one of them was $1.5 million per year, the maximum amount MLS allows to be paid to players whose salaries are brought down using TAM. Ibrahimovic was reportedly making several times that salary at Manchester United. Klein said that Ibrahimovic, who will probably look to line up several major US endorsement deals in LA, was eager to accept when offered.  

“I can’t say enough about the off season that we had and making so many changes with Sigi Schmid and VP of soccer operations Pete Vagenas and what our entire soccer operations group did to build the team and to leave room to be able to bring a player like Ibra in,” Klein said. “To have him come in as a TAM player, it didn’t even really take convincing. He wanted to come and he had the insight and the wherewithal to understand that he didn’t want to blow up our team to do it. And doing that, you hear all the time in sports that it’s not about the money, it usually is about the money. But with him, it wasn’t.”

Ibra will head from Europe to LA this week and may feature in the Galaxy’s first-ever match against expansion club LAFC on Saturday at the StubHub Center. The Galaxy have a very high-powered attack with Ibrahimovic, the dos Santos brothers, Alessandrini and striker Ola Kamara, but their defense is lacking in similar star power and is coming off a season in which they conceded 67 goals, the second-worst record in MLS.

LA re-shaped their backline in recent months, following up their September signing of center back Michael Ciani by acquiring Norwegian center back Jorgen Skjelvik, Venezuelan right back Rolf Feltscher and former San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham while re-signing left-back Ashley Cole in the winter. The group has started solidly, allowing just three goals through three games, but it’s an open question whether they’ll hold firm when paired with a group of attackers not known for their defensive work. For now, though, Klein and LA aren’t worried about that. With Ibrahimovic on their side, LA Galaxy has increased their options to succeed in the 2018-19 season.

“There’s a lot of optimism both in our front office and within our soccer operations group and with our players and with our fans,” said Klein. “We know we have a long, long way to go. We’re three games into a 34-game season. No one goes undefeated in our league, no one stays at the top for the entire time. We know that challenges lie ahead, but we’re certainly prepared for those and we feel good about the group that we have.”

Sweden's international soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic left one of Europe’s wealthiest clubs to sign with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he is taking a massive pay cut to come to the U.S. At Manchester United, where he was returning from a serious knee injury, he was reportedly earning $27 million a year. At the Galaxy, his salary will be $1.4 million, reports Sports Illustrated citing the Spanish newspaper Marca - 95 percent less. Ibra is one of the most famous football players in the world. In a video announcing his arrival to Los Angeles that the Galaxy posted on Twitter, Ibrahimovic walks beside a lion and says, "Los Angeles, welcome to Zlatan."

 

On Friday of last week, Ibrahimovic took out a full page of the LA Times to post an ad.

"Dear Los Angeles, You're welcome."

MLS clubs have a $4 million wage cap, but they can exceed that limit with a few exceptional players thanks to the Designated Players Rule, otherwise known as the "Beckham Rule." After David Beckham joined the Galaxy in 2007 to earn $255 million over his six years in the American league.

 

“Great things also come to an end and it is time to move on after two fantastic seasons with Manchester United,” said Ibra. “Thank you to the club, the fans, the team, the coach, the staff and everybody who shared with me this part of my history.”

Beckham's substantial income included more than just his $6.5 million a year salary. It came largely from endorsements and "revenue sharing." The superstar was such a valuable asset when it came to filling up stadiums, selling merchandise and promoting the brand that the Galaxy gave him a portion of the money it brought in.

 

Many European players later followed Beckham to the U.S. as "designated players" including Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard and Andrea Pirlo. Ibrahimovic will not be a designated player. But, like Beckham, he could still receive income from sponsorship and endorsements. The Sweden superstar is bringing both his talent and his personality to LA. His arrogance is endearing not only because it is funny, but because he can back it up. He is Sweden's all-time top goalscorer, having won 33 club trophies in his career. His impressive resume spans Europe's top clubs. Prior to his stint with Man United, he had stints at Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus. And he has won the league cup in four different nations. "No one in the world has won in five." Ibra has scored some stunning goals including a one-time bicycle kick from 30 yards out. There are rumors he will be coming out of international retirement to play with Sweden in the World Cup this summer.

 

"After being in Europe, winning 33 trophies, playing in the best teams in the world, playing with the best players in the world, I wanted to come to the U.S. and play my game there," Ibrahimovic said of the transfer. "I wanted people to enjoy my game there and to win, and I chose the Galaxy to do that."

 

Ibrahimovic admitted he had doubts about joining LA Galaxy but insisted he remains ‘hungry’ for success.

 

“I decided to sign with Galaxy because I think it’s the right place for me,” he told the club’s official website. “I have a lot to give, I can help them a lot, and they are the best team in the US. There were no doubts. I have a lot of expectations, I put pressure on myself, I demand a lot in my game. I’m just looking forward to playing, I need to play. I’m like a little child who you give candy to for the first time and he’s looking for the candy all the time. That is what I need. I need to play and I want to play. I’m hungry to play because it’s gone too long now, I haven’t felt involved in the game and I need to feel involved. Because this is what I’ve been doing all my life.”

 

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At his first press conference with Galaxy, legendary Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimović said that joining the LA Galaxy was always written in the stars. The Galaxy unveiled the 36-year-old superstar striker on Friday before more than 100 media members from across the globe. The press conference was the culmination of a three-year-long pursuit by LA Galaxy. For Ibrahimović, it was always "destiny" that he'd join the Galaxy.

“It was supposed to happen before Manchester United. My head was here. I wanted to come here and it didn’t happen,” said Ibra. “Destiny said I would come here. Los Angeles called, and I answered.”

Ibrahimović says there is no pressure on him to prove anything, he simply wants to help Galaxy win titles.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity that I can go in and collect what I’ve been collecting all these years," he said. "I just opened the door. I’ll step in and I’ll bring in so many trophies to this club.

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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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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, Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool, and Chelsea, threatened to take over the Premier League for years to come, but Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur managed to break in. Nipping at the heals of the Big Six clubs this season are Burnley, Everton, and Leicester City. 

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger

Chelsea: Antonio Conte

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp

Manchester City: Pep Guardiola

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochitino