Mourinho Plays Down Pressure on Pogba

first_imgThe French international was signed in August 2016 for a then world record fee of £89.3 million, but he has not completed 90 minutes for a month.He was hauled off by Mourinho in recent defeats at Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, and dropped for Huddersfield’s trip to Old Trafford in the Premier League.Mourinho has been heavily critical of Pogba’s form with debate raging over what his role should be to maximise his potential.When asked if Pogba would return to the starting line-up against Sevilla, Mourinho said the player’s participation at an open training session earlier in the day indicated he was ready.“When a player is in that competitive situation it’s because they are normally ready without problems,” he said.Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia, who all missed the game at Huddersfield, are also hoping to return.Mourinho is returning to Seville, having enjoyed some big victories at the Sanchez Pizjuan during his three years in charge of Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.He also won the Uefa Cup in the Andalusian city in 2003, when his Porto side beat Celtic at La Cartuja.“I have to say that meant a lot because it was my first time playing in Europe and we had a young team,” he said.“If my memory is ok I think I had big victories here against Sevilla but I also lost. But I am not the kind of guy to think that what happened before has any influence.“I think the two teams are very balanced, but we want to try, go with everything, and we are confident that over two legs we can do it.”After Wednesday’s game the sides meet again in the second leg at Old Trafford on March 13.TODAYSevilla v Man UtdShakhtar v RomaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Jose Mourinho played down suggestions that Paul Pogba needs to use the Champions League knockout stage to justify his huge price tag as Manchester United prepare for today’s clash with Sevilla.“I dont think it’s fair to speak about the responsibilities of a player. When I decide a team to play I don’t look to the age, the salary, the transfer fee, because I think that’s not also fair,” Mourinho told reporters yesterday at the Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, where the sides meet in their last 16, first leg.Pogba was included in United’s squad for the game after missing the 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday through illness, compounding a poor few weeks for the midfielder.last_img read more

Tipp’s National hurling and football league games called off

first_imgAll of this weekend’s Allianz National Hurling and Football League games – including the double header set for Semple Stadium have been called off.Croke Park have announced the news 24 hours earlier than anticipated.Tipp senior footballers were due to take on Louth, while the hurlers were set to meet Cork.The fifth round of Hurling League games will now be played next weekend with quarter-finals moved to St Patrick’s weekend.The semis will be played a week later with the final pushed back to the 31st of March.Round Five of the Football League will be rescheduled for the weekend of March 11th.The decision means there will be football and hurling league for four consecutive weekends.Refixture details will be confirmed by the Central Competitions Control Committee on Monday. Tipperary’s national hurling and football league games have been called off for this weekend.The announcement was made just before lunchtime by Croke Park.last_img read more

Ibrahimović in MU on Condition that Van Gaal leaves!

first_imgOne of the best football players in the world Zlatan Ibrahimović is coming to Manchester United this summer, on the condition that the manager Louis Van Gaal leaves the club.According to the media, in his autobiography Ibrahimović criticized Van Gaal. At the time when Ibrahimović played for Ajax, Van Gaal was the manager of the club from Amsterdam and their cooperation is simply impossible.Ibrahimović’s contract with Paris Saint Germain expired with the end of the season, and fans of the United hope to see him on the Old Trafford in the next season.(Source: read more