6pm Man Utd news: Pochettino’s new-look United, Mourinho’s not going anywhere, and Ander Herrera to sign new deal
JOSE MOURINHO lowers expectations for Manchester United yet again – while Ander Herrera is told he’s not made of the right stuff for Manchester United.
Read on for all of this, plus more news, transfer gossip and updates from Old Trafford.
MAUR TO COME
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is being heavily linked with the United job, should Jose Mourinho get the sack.
And he may bring Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld with him in what would pose a menacing attack and strong backline in how Red Devils could line-up under him.
NO WAY JOSE
JOSE MOURINHO will remain at Manchester United, after his agent Jorge Mendes quashed exit rumours in a rare statement.
The Portuguese boss has been under huge pressure to vacate his position with the Red Devils in eighth in the Premier League with missing out on Champions League football a possibility.
ANDER HERRERA looks set to sign a new deal at United that will undoubtedly upset club legend Paul Scholes.
The Spaniard had been criticised by the ex-Red Devils star who claimed he was not good enough as he couldn’t play the simple ball.
MOU VS POCH
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is reportedly in line to take over at Man United, should they sack Jose Mourinho.
And the Red Devils would do well to prise the Spurs boss away with the Argentine holding the better league record of the two since Mourinho replaced Louis Van Gaal.
JOSE MOURINHO will lose out on millions if he fails to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
The United boss has a contract until 2020 and would get a year’s pay in compensation – worth £12m – if he is sacked at the end of the season, but that will be reduced with this specific clause.
FRED’S chances of getting a regular first-team role have been thrown into fresh doubt as Jose Mourinho reveals Brazilian will be on the fringes until his defence is sorted.
The £52 summer signing has played just once in United’s last five matches, including not even making the bench against Arsenal.
ZZ NOT TOP
ZINEDINE ZIDANE might be the wrong choice of manager if Manchester United look to replace Jose Mourinho, claims Paul Scholes.
The Frenchman has been consistently linked with the Old Trafford hot-seat since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.
GOOD-BAI FOR NOW
VICTOR LINDELOF is heading back to Manchester for treatment on his injury after heading to Dubai.
The Manchester United defender, 24, picked up a knock in the against Crystal Palace on November 24.
MOUR EXPECTS LESS
Jose Mourinho has once again lowered the expectations of his Manchester United team as their winless Premier League run continues.
The 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday means it is now four games without victory in the top flight for the Old Trafford club.
SAND-WOE FOR BLUES
ALEX SANDRO has reportedly agreed a new deal with Juventus – landing a hammer blow to Manchester United and Chelsea.
It is understood the full-back is set to sign a contract extension with the Old Lady that will keep him at the club until 2023.
HERR DOESN’T SUIT
PAUL SCHOLES has laid into Ander Herrera and questioned whether the midfielder is good enough to play for Manchester United.
The Old Trafford legend criticised the Spain star for misplacing a “simple ball” during the 2-2 draw to Arsenal last night.
FULHAM JOIN DARMIAN RACE
MATTEO DARMIAN is being eyed up by Premier League strugglers Fulham in a bid to save their season.
The Cottagers have the worst defensive record in the league and are looking to bring out-of-favour Darmian on board for a loan spell so that they can utilise his versatile style of play.
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MATTEO GUENDOUZI has accused Marouane Fellaini of being jealous of his hair after the Manchester United ace yanked his flowing locks at Old Trafford.
The Belgian international has evaded punishment by the FA after referee Andre Mariner spotted the foul and gave the Gunners a free-kick.
NEYM YOUR PRICE
MAN UTD are among the favourites to sign Neymar from PSG.
Manchester City lead the Premier League chase for the Brazilian with odds of 3/1 of him moving to the Etihad, followed by the Red Devils on 5/1 odds.
MANCHESTER UNITED captain Antonio Valencia is a transfer target for West Ham.
The 33-year-old is likely to be released on a free transfer in the summer and the Hammers are said to be leading the chase for his signature.
BAD HAIR DAY
ARSENAL fans fumed as Marouane Fellaini pulled on Matteo Guendouzi’s hair as the Gunners midfielder skipped past him.
Fans of the London club called on the Belgian to face retrospective action after ref Andre Marriner failed even to book him.
JOSE GOT IT RIGHT
JOSE MOURINHO got it right by axing his two costliest players in Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku in the ballsy 2-2 comeback draw with Arsenal.
Read our verdict as the United boss showed he is not afraid to make huge calls, nor scared of big reputations.
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