CLUB STATEMENT ON SIR ALEX
The club last night revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson was no longer on intensive care and was being treated as an inpatient after surgery to correct a brain haemorrhage last weekend. This is positive news about the legendary manager. The club, however, stressed once again that the road to recovery was a long one and urged fans and media to maintain the privacy of the Ferguson family.
INJURY UPDATE AHEAD OF WEST HAM
Manchester United will miss top scorer Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini for the trip down to the London Stadium tonight. However, there is hope that the former will make a return to the fore against Chelsea in the Cup Final. Fellaini misses out nursing a muscle injury. Mourinho also revealed that Alexis Sanchez is back in the reckoning for selection tonight after missing out against Brighton last time around. United are expected to restore Sanchez to the lineup straight away at the expense of either Martial or Rashford. Matic and Valencia are also expected to make returns from injury. Meanwhile, Phil Jones is also back from a back problem and in contention at West Ham.
HIGH PRAISE FOR CARRICK
Jose Mourinho was singing the praises of Michael Carrick as he revealed that Carrick would definitely be starting against Watford on Sunday at Old Trafford in United’s last home game of the season. Mourinho said,” Our captain will start the match against Watford, in front of the fans. The club has had a great man for many, many years playing football and now his body says it’s enough. The club and myself, we want to keep the man. I think Michael can be very positive for us.”
A POINT TO PROVE A POINT
Mourinho wants his side to close out the second place as quickly as possible. United need only a draw to secure second place and speaking about the prospect of finishing second, Mourinho said,” Yes. We need a point to finish second, we need a point to say that only one team was better than us, we need a point to say that 18 teams were not as good as us. We need a point to prove that.” The United players will hopefully come out of the tunnel all guns blazing as they look to secure second place and go into the final game of the season in a relaxed mood.
MOURINHO GUARANTEES POGBA STAY
Mourinho all but asserted the fact that there was no possibility of Paul Pogba leaving the club just two seasons after joining in a world record move from Juventus. Mourinho said,” I think he’s going to be here next season. That’s my feeling. I can give the guarantee that I do not want him to leave. I can give you the guarantee that the club doesn’t want to sell him and I can give you the guarantee that we don’t have any approach from him, from his agent or from any club. So, at this moment, for me, he’s staying.”
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We can only hope Sir Alex Ferguson has shot the big man a look, tapped his watch and is demanding Fergie time gets added on