SANDRO TO MANCHESTER UNITED GAINS TRACTION
Multiple sources suggested that the initial negotiations for the transfer of Alex Sandro have begun and rather gone smoothly. Manchester United face competition from the likes of PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea for the transfer of Sandro but remain in pole position to complete the deal. United are favourites considering PSG can’t buy without making a sale, Chelsea has both Alonso and Emerson at their disposal and City bought Benjamin Mendy.
United fans are especially optimistic considering the development was first broken by Matteo Pedrosi. Given Pedrosi hitting the bull’s eye with regards to United transfers (he was first to report on both Mourinho and Sanchez’s arrival at United). Further talks are expected to take place in this week with the deal being ironed out post the Cup Final and before the World Cup. Sandro is also expected to push the deal through.
After the game against Watford at West Ham on Sunday, Mourinho revealed that he expects to have the services of Belgian Romelu Lukaku for the FA Cup Final after Manchester United’s top scorer this season missed out in United’s last two games through a knock. Lukaku’s return is a welcome boost to United’s frontline after it looked lethargic and blunt in the games missed by the 27 goal striker. Welcome return!
Manchester United announced that current assistant manager Rui Faria will leave his post at the end of the season. Faria who has been a constant in Mourinho’s backroom team for 17 years now bid farewell to his mentor. Mourinho revealed that it will be a huge loss and Faria remains, literally, an irreplaceable member of Mourinho’s team. The position of Assistant Manager is expected to remain vacant for the foreseeable future but Jose revealed that he expects Carrick to step into the role once he completes his coaching badges. Faria is expected to become a manager on his owe with Arsenal one of the teams mentioned.
ONE LAST HURRAH
It was a vintage Carrick performance against Watford as he bowed out of Old Trafford for one final time with a win. The goal that secured the win was set up by a classic Carrick long ball in behind the defence. It was an emotional end for Carrick as he was ushered onto the pitch with a deserved guard of honour and taken off before the end of the game to a rapturous ovation from the Old Trafford faithful.
MARTIAL STAYS AWAY
Despite Mourinho saying that Martial will be a part of the Manchester United starting lineup against Watford in United’s last home game of the season, the Frenchman missed out. He was seen driving away from Old Trafford an hour prior to the release of the teams. Mourinho later revealed that the Frenchman picked up an injury in training and failed a late fitness test at Carrington itself. It was revealed to be a left knee problem.
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