Zidane to Man United reports branded ‘nonsense’ by senior club figure

first_img JOSE TALKS Over the past couple of days Mourinho has also confirmed Paul Pogba has been stripped of United’s vice-captaincy, as well as getting in a well-document training ground spat with the France midfielder. There have also been public criticisms of Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, the defenders, as well as a rumoured dressing down of England forward Marcus Rashford. REVEALED The Red Devils sit 10th in the Premier League table, with Newcastle visiting Old Trafford next Saturday in the final fixture before domestic football takes a back seat for the international break. A number of United’s staff are said to believe Mourinho will be sacked this week following the defeat to West Ham, and the Portuguese has been installed as the favourite to lose his job in the Premier League sack race, according to one leading bookmaker.United had already suffered league defeats to Brighton and Tottenham before suffering Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at the London Stadium. The loss to West Ham came at the end of a seven-day spell which also included a 1-1 home draw to Wolves and a shock penalty defeat to Championship outfit Derby which knocked the Red Devils out the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle. Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVIEW Mourinho’s former Chelsea player Frank Lampard guided Derby to victory at Old Trafford JIBE Reports that Zinedine Zidane has held talks with Manchester United chiefs over becoming the club’s new manager have denied, according to reports.Zidane is favourite to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese be axed after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham which made it just three wins from the opening seven league matches of the season for United. Reports suggest Mourinho will be replaced by former Real Madrid boss Zidane if he is shown the door, with talkSPORT’s own Tony Cascarino revealing discussions have already been held between the France legend and United chiefs over him taking charge at Old Trafford.However, a senior United figure has denied these claims, telling The Times they are ‘nonsense’. Rumoured discussions between Zidane and United have been denied Latest Jose Mourinho news 3 ‘I think he got it wrong’ – Mourinho confirms Spurs have appealed Son’s red card Mourinho insists VAR ‘killed the game’ with Son red card in Chelsea defeat STUNNED center_img DISAGREE sign on take action Tottenham boss Mourinho urges Eriksen and Vertonghen to copy Alderweireld 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ‘When will this nonsense stop?’ – Rudiger speaks out after alleged racist abuse How Mourinho has fared against former clubs ahead of Spurs vs Chelsea Is time up for Jose Mourinho? ‘Racism’ overshadows Lampard’s schooling of Mourinho, and Arteta hates Christmas Lampard admits it ‘feels good’ to beat Mourinho, reacts to Rudiger racism incident REVEALED BIG WIN 3 Neville interrupts Mourinho’s interview with reaction to De Gea’s howler last_img read more

Australian Open: Survival of the fittest as ‘open’ season starts down under

first_imgAndy Murray, Kei Nishikori have been ruled out of the Australian Open 2018 with injury, as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are doubtful for the same.For good reason a two-week grand slam can be described as a ‘last man standing’ marathon of mental and physical endurance, which makes Roger Federer’s haul of 19 all the more incredible.WATCH VIDEODefending champion Federer will be back sniffing a 20th major at the Australian Open but the build-up to the men’s tournament has been more about who will even make the start line in Melbourne next Monday, rather than who will last the course.Rarely have so many top players begun the season either carrying injuries or taking the early steps back from lengthy absences.All eyes will be on the medical bulletins as much as the on-court duels next week.No too slow, not too fast: the precise art of painting the AO courts blue. pic.twitter.com/z8Qom2Jjus- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 5, 2018Five-times runner-up Andy Murray and Japan’s Kei Nishikori will take no part, with Murray’s hip injury casting a huge cloud over the former world number one’s career.Last year’s runner-up Rafael Nadal missed the Brisbane warm-up event with the knee injury that struck at the end of last season still nagging him.Straight from a long flight to @[email protected] only knows one way �??��??��??��??� pic.twitter.com/XamQju3bIW- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 5, 2018Six-times champion Novak Djokovic has not played a competitive match since last year’s Wimbledon because of an elbow problem that flared up again recently, forcing him to skip the season-opening Qatar Open.advertisementFormer champion Stan Wawrinka and Canadian Milos Raonic are also still getting up to speed after injury breaks.They will all take heart from 12 months ago when Federer, just back from a six-month layoff, claimed the title by beating Nadal, who has also fought off injury demons, to reach the final. That duo went on to dominate the year.Look who�??s back at it �[email protected] #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7XOJq89Dcn- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 8, 2018With so much uncertainty about so many contenders, this year’s men’s event is one of the hardest to predict for years, although three-times former champion Mats Wilander believes returning from an injury can make players especially dangerous.”It can free up the mind because you’re coming in with lower expectations maybe,” the Swede, who will be hosting his Game, Set and Mats show for Eurosport during the Open, told Reuters.Finally back in the land down under. I feel ready! Idemo!! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/HFvpn3U5I1- Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 7, 2018Federer displayed that freedom last year and Wilander believes that fellow Swiss Wawrinka, who ended last season in August with a knee complaint, could arrive with a similar attitude this time around at Melbourne Park.”Wawrinka is the perfect player for a major,” Wilander said. “He has won three, won the Aussie Open.”Stan can be up and down in the season but delivers at the majors. If he comes back with the joy of fighting and the joy of playing and his confidence is high, he is as dangerous as all the other guys.”He plays it cool, but performing in front of his home fans matters to @NickKyrgios pic.twitter.com/OYLQwpWnXi- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 8, 2018With so many injuries, questions have been raised about the demands of the men’s game, but Wilander does not subscribe to the theory that it is anything sinister.”What it shows is that the top guys are staying at the top longer, for whatever reason that is,” he said. “Now going past 30 is not that important because they look after themselves.”But they have more miles on the clock and that results in injuries. With Novak the elbow, Rafa the knee, Federer the knee and now Murray the hip, it’s just wear and tear eventually.”The other thing is that the younger guys have not taken their places. That means we focus more on the old guys.”If Federer was 15 in the world and Rafa 20 and (Alexander) Zverev and (Nick) Kyrgios were one and two and winning majors we wouldn’t even be talking about the older guys.”Wilander also said that even though they are older and more creaky, Federer and Nadal still possess an aura that means they win matches before leaving the locker room.”Even when less than 100 percent they are still intimidating,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more