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Jose Mourinho Slams Football Pundits, Says They Are ‘Obsessed’ With Him

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Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho has hit back at football pundits amid criticism of the way he is handling Marcus Rashford at the club.

This comes after Jamie Carragher suggested the 20-year-old should leave the club and move elsewhere for regular playing times.

Speaking at his weekly press conference ahead of Watford clash later today, the Portuguese coach called football pundits ‘compulsive liars’ and said they are ‘obsessed’ with him.

‘I can expect that on Sunday I’m going to be highly criticised for not playing him at Watford tomorrow because some of the boys are really obsessed with me,’ the Portuguese said during a monologue of over four minutes on the suspended Rashford.

‘Some of them have a problem with some compulsive lies, so I can expect some of them will wake up on Sunday… and always the thing that comes to their mind is Jose Mourinho.

‘Some of the people everybody knows have double salaries, they work also for the clubs and of course they are not independent and they conduct things in the direction they want.

‘That’s obvious, human, is natural, not ethical but I accept. I feel sorry for them, there are more interesting things than Jose Mourinho.’

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Mourinho also went as far as bringing out a piece of paper, where he detailed the games and minutes Rashford has played under him.

‘In the season 16-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches and 11 Europa League matches including the final. Three in the FA Cup,’ he added.

‘He had 53 appearances. But if you want to talk minutes, he played 3068 minutes. If you want to divide that by 90 then it is 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 16-17.

‘In 17-18 he played 35 Premier League matches, eight Champions League, five FA Cup – including the final – three League Cup and the Super Cup. He played a total of 52 matches with 2676 minutes.

‘Divide that by 90 minutes and it is 29.7 matches. So in all, 105 appearances, 5744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes – including five finals.

‘The kid is a good kid, a good player, knows what United did for him, starting in the academy, then Mr Van Gaal’s support, my support, club’s support, new contract, new shirt, and selected every single match, since I was here, he was never one day out of selection because of my decision.’

Mourinho also suggested he is doing far more than his Premier League rivals to develop young English talent.

‘So the people who are speaking about these minutes are a bit confused,’ he said. ‘Rashford is not Dominic Solanke, he’s not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he’s not Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

He’s Manchester United player Marcus Rashford with an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level. At the highest level. In the best possible competitions.

‘United supporters – for you, and just for you – this is what we’re doing with Rashford, (Jesse) Lingard, (Luke) Shaw, (Scott) McTominay.’

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Highlight: Manchester United 1 – 0 Young Boys [Champions League]

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Manchester United secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League when Marouane Fellaini secured a 1-0 win over Young Boys with a dramatic goal in injury time.

Jose Mourinho’s team laboured with the Swiss champions at Old Trafford throughout the match and seemed to be opting for a second goalless consecutive draw at home until Fellaini’s intelligent finish it of.

In fact, it could have been worse for United if David de Gea had not shown an overwhelming response, except to prevent a deflection off substitute Ulisses Garcia in the second half.

The result, paired with Valencia’s 1-0 loss to Juventus, means the Red Devils, together with the Italians, now book a place in the knockout phase with one match left.

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Mikel Obi Launches Football Foundation In Lagos

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Nigeria superstar has re-founded his foundation to discover talent across Africa.

Mikel, who currently plays for the Chinese Super League, Tianjin TEDA, held a football clinic with about 150 boys and girls at the Children’s International School in Lekki, Lagos, between 3-15 years.

It was found that the clinic, which took place in Lagos on 25 November, gave the youngsters the opportunity to practice first-hand.

Mikel first established the charity in 2012, and six years later, the foundation reintroduced the charity to discover young sports talents. Children of the Little Tigers Football Club also had the privilege of dealing with the former Chelsea midfielder.

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While speaking in the football clinic, Mikel said; “My foundation is concerned with the children, I give the community back to Nigeria, everything has started for me at home and I will always want to return to Nigeria.

“I want to do it right this time. It was there and I think now is the time to come out and get it right.

“This is the time, it’s the right time to do things for kids, and we do not have enough to make sure it’s successful.”

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Neymar’s Contract Clause With Psg Revealed

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Brazilian superstar,  Neymar can still make a sensation move back to Barcelona as it has been revealed he has a staggering Paris Saint-Germain release clause of £190million.

This comes after report suggested that Neymar regrets his decision to leave Barcelona for PSG in a £200m deal last year and is desperate to return to the Nou Camp.

According to Spanish paper Sport, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi agreed to a release clause in Neymar’s contract, which will come into play at the end of his third season in Paris.

This will see Neymar make a remarkable move back to Barcelona in the summer of 2020, that’s if Ernesto Valverde’s side are willing to pay the £190m required.

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