Jose Mourinho’s agent denies he has agreed to replace Louis van Gaal

first_img Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea last week, has been linked with the position at Old Trafford after United dropped out of the top four and crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage. But Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes, speaking to Globoesporte, insisted there had been no approach from United for his client’s services. “There is nothing,” Mendes said when asked about reports the former Chelsea manager had agreed to take over at Old Trafford. “We don’t know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn’t an official proposal either, that’s not true.” Mourinho is understood to be spending the week in Portugal with his family, but he is looking for a quick return to management and with Van Gaal’s United floundering, the 52-year-old could realise his dream of taking over at Old Trafford if the club’s board decides to dispense with the current manager. Some fans clearly want that to happen. Cries of Mourinho’s name could be heard around Old Trafford on Saturday when United slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Norwich. United were booed off the pitch following their third straight defeat, which left them in fifth position. Three weeks ago, senior United figures insisted Van Gaal had the board’s full support, but after a run of six matches without a win, they have now fallen quiet. It is understood the United board were disappointed in particular at Van Gaal’s failure to lead the team through what was viewed as a relatively easy Champions League group containing PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfbsurg. Jose Mourinho’s agent has denied a deal has been struck for his client to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager. Press Association And a second straight defeat in the league last weekend meant United will head into the busy Christmas schedule outside the top four. Although United could stomach another year out of the Champions League in a financial sense, the damage to the club’s standing in the game would be hit if they were not in Europe’s top club competition next season. And with Mourinho available and willing to take the job, there has been a flood of speculation linking the two-time Champions League winner with United. United will also be aware Pep Guardiola is available in the summer, although he is rumoured to be ready to move to Manchester City instead following his stint with Bayern Munich. On Wednesday, Van Gaal will take questions on his future for the first time since Mourinho was sacked. The Dutchman is due to conduct his weekly press conference at the AON Training Complex in Carrington at 3:30pm. United travel to Stoke on Boxing Day before hosting Chelsea on December 28. Speaking after the loss to Norwich, Van Gaal insisted he had the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his own players. ”Ed was very fast out of the dressing room but I feel that support, yes,” the 64-year-old said. ”The most important support is from the players because the players have to do it on the pitch and the chemistry between the players and the manager and his staff is very important.” last_img read more

Final home match draws big crowd

first_imgBidding farewell to its seniors in their last home match against their biggest competition in front of one of their largest home crowds, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team seemed like it was finally going to break its 17-match losing streak against the Ohio State Buckeyes. In heartbreaking fashion, they fell just one point short, losing 4-3.From the first serve, emotions were running high.After fighting back from behind to win the doubles point in a tiebreaker, the whole squad was fired up and ready for the singles matches.“It’s always important to win double’s point, so it was definitely really good for us, especially against Ohio,” sophomore Patrick Pohlmann said. “We want to win the double’s point because we know that anybody from Ohio can beat anybody from us and the other way around, so it’s a huge advantage.“We were all fired up. We knew we could beat them. It’s been 17 times, now 18, we lost to them. We were all fired up.”Head coach Greg Van Emburgh also noted the advantage winning the doubles point gave the Badgers.“I mean, there’s an opportunity,” Van Emburgh said. “You win the doubles point, now you have to split the singles to get to four. I thought we had a good chance at that. The guys played good throughout the lineup — singles and doubles — it’s a little unfortunate we came out on the short end of the stick. You hope fairy tales work out sometimes, but it was not to be today.”Although Pohlmann and senior Luke Rassow-Kantor used the doubles win to their advantage — both winning their singles matches — frustration was mounting for the others.Rassow-Kantor won Wisconsin’s second point on the day in an exciting tiebreaker victory for the second set. For the senior, the exciting individual win was a near perfect way to end his career at home.“It meant a lot,” Rassow-Kantor said. “It was my last match so I really wanted to get a win at home. We still got Big Ten’s and NCAA’s, but it was my last home match, so I really wanted to get this one.“It would have meant more if as a team we won. It’s good to win, but it just sucks that the team lost.”Coming down to what felt like a perfect setting for the win, senior Moritz Baumann became the deciding factor. But Baumann was unable to pull out the victory over Justin Kronauge in No. 2 singles.“It was really close,” Rassow-Kantor said. “It could have went either way and it just sucked to see him go down like that.”“You’re hoping that he’ll be able to dig deep enough and play hard enough to give himself a chance,” Van Emburgh said. “It was a little unfortunate there. Justin’s a great player — he’s lost one match the whole year — you better be over 100 percent to beat him. I think Justin’s a good player and you know it’s a coin toss on both ends there in the third set.”Although the outcome wasn’t quite what Wisconsin was hoping for, all three seniors were able to notch wins on the day whether it was in singles or doubles.“I mean there’s a lot of emotions,” Van Emburgh said. “There was a great crowd today. I felt like we couldn’t have had a better college setting today. You know, just a great college match and you hope you’re on the right end of the stick of it and we weren’t today. It was great that the guys were able to play some great tennis on Senior Day.”last_img read more

Spurs fans: ‘Leave it to the Hammers to screw us – it’s on us tomorrow’

first_img Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team travel to Stoke on Monday night It’s not over yet, Tottenham fans.Yes, the title is still possible, with Leicester dropping points against West Ham in a 2-2 draw.It was almost perfect, though, as the Hammers came from 1-0 down to take a 2-1 lead only for the Foxes to score a penalty in stoppage time.Tottenham play Stoke on Monday night and can close the gap at the top to five points with victory and fans are already looking ahead to the match at the Britannia. 1last_img read more