News Roundup


Mourinho in his presser confirmed the fact that Romelu Lukaku faces a short spell on the sidelines after picking up a foot injury against Arsenal last time around. Mourinho confirmed that the Belgian will miss the trip to Brighton as a result of the injury. The boss, however, was more optimistic about Lukaku’s chances to be fir in time for the FA Cup in just over two weeks’ time. Lukaku put in a brilliant effort last time United faced Chelsea.


Manchester United are reportedly growing increasingly confident of signing Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic Savic this summer per Metro. The same article suggests that United have watched the Serbian at least a dozen times this season and Mourinho wants to form a midfield triumvirate involving Matic, Pogba and Savic. The Lazio star is valued at 90m by his current club and United will have to break the bank in order to get their man. United have reportedly sanctioned a transfer budget of 150m with potential outgoings increasing that figure.


Mourinho has finalized Alex Sandro as his preferred left-back after looking at the likes of Celtic’s Tierney, Napoli’s Ghoulam and Spurs’ Danny Rose. The rumour mill regarding Sandro’s potential transfer to United gained momentum after sports lawyer Gregory Loannidis dropped another one of his riddles regarding United’s transfer business by virtue of a tweet. United are said to be working on a swap+cash deal that sends Matteo Darmian the other way.


Mourinho denied claims that he had sanctioned the sales of the likes of Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind in his press conference prior to the team’s departure for Brighton. Both players have barely featured this term but Mourinho said that both players are part of his plans. However, the gaffer conceded that the club was open to the idea selling either or both players should the right offer come. Despite this, he insisted that he sees both players having a future at Old Trafford beyond the summer window.


With the recent announcement of Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal, a number of names have been linked with the managerial hot-seat at the Emirates. Among the raft of names mentioned is that of Rui Faria, United’s current assistant manager and part of Mourinho’s staff for a long time. Mourinho fueled speculation by claiming that he would happily let his trusted lieutenant walk if an offer comes his way. The impending arrival of Michael Carrick into the coaching staff could pave the way for Faria’s potential move to North London.


United’s double Player of the Year winner David De Gea admitted that a win in the FA Cup Final may not be enough for a club of United’s size. De Gea said,” We are here to try and win trophies. The fans and the people at the club deserve better and that is what we have to do – fight to win big trophies. Obviously, the FA Cup is very important, a nice trophy to win, and we are going all out to win that. But that is not quite enough. We are Manchester United and have to aim for bigger and better things, that has always got to be our focus.

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