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Paul Pogba needs to up his game to win back trust of José Mourinho | Jamie Jackson

Frenchman must show his talent in Manchester United’s run-in as suggestions of a rift between manager and player lingerNow is the time for Paul Pogba to prove how fine a footballer he is. The Frenchman’s mission for the rest of the season is to drive M…

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For Pep Guardiola this final could start a Manchester City dynasty | Jamie Jackson

If Guardiola’s first season was about bedding in, the accent now is on trophies and the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal could be the first of three in a matter of months for CityIf Manchester City beat Arsenal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final their ques…

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Referees’ body to meet Manchester City over concerns about bad tackles

• PGMOL unlikely to consider retrospective upgrading of cards• City claim there has been dangerous run of tackles on their playersManchester City have been granted a meeting with the governing body of Premier League referees to discuss Pep Guardiola’s …

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Manchester City to seek explanation from Wigan Athletic for pitch invasion

• Sergio Agüero made contact with home supporter during melee • FA assessing situation and may also look into actions of City fansManchester City will seek an explanation from Wigan Athletic for the pitch invasion that occurred after Monday night’s ill…

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Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus in race to be fit for Carabao Cup final

• Striker Jesus yet to resume training after injury on New Year’s Eve• City play Arsenal in Carabao Cup final on 25 FebruaryGabriel Jesus is yet to start training amid fears the Manchester City forward’s knee injury may be more serious than first thoug…

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José Mourinho’s stodgy, unstructured Manchester United are labouring | Jamie Jackson

An unattractive style of play and Paul Pogba’s lacklustre form are among the reasons that progress has stalled at Old TraffordThis was the season José Mourinho aimed to make Manchester United credible title challengers. Instead, the defeat at Newcastle…

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José Mourinho: ‘I’ve no problem with Paul Pogba but he can improve’

• Manchester United manager plays down talk of rift with midfielder• Portuguese baffled by Wayne Rooney’s view on player’s best roleJosé Mourinho has said Paul Pogba has plenty of room for improvement but that few midfielders have greater potential tha…

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Jesse Lingard: is Manchester United’s enigma finally evolving into a star? | Jamie Jackson

The forward has overcome several false starts to shine but he needs to deliver over an extended period or risk going the way of MkhitaryanIn his six years at Manchester United Jesse Lingard has been an enigma. A player who was loaned out four times, st…

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The Munich disaster 60 years on: ‘They were the best team by far’

Geoffrey Fink, a Manchester United season-ticket holder since 1945, and his wife Ruth have vivid memories of the air crash and its aftermathEven now, on the 60th anniversary, recalling the Munich air disaster moves Geoffrey Fink to tears. “At the time,…

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Raheem Sterling says referees must ‘protect players from being butchered’

• Sterling: ‘Referees and officials need to cut these tackles out’• ‘I feel Manchester City players haven’t been protected enough’Raheem Sterling believes Manchester City players are being “butchered” by some of the tackles meted out this season.The fo…

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José Mourinho concedes Manchester United cannot catch City and win title

• Manager admits United’s aim now is to finish second• Mourinho says his team are ‘better than last season in every aspect’José Mourinho has conceded the title to Manchester City for the first time, the manager stating Manchester United must now strive…

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Pep Guardiola backs Manchester City to adapt to schedule in quadruple hunt

• ‘Here the TV decide the fixtures and we’ll adjust,’ says manager• Guardiola will not rest players en masse as he warns of Cardiff testPep Guardiola has said Manchester City will challenge for an unprecedented quadruple by adapting to an intense sched…

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Alexis Sánchez could be the man to restore Manchester United’s glory | Jamie Jackson

The Chilean has similarities to Carlos Tevez, a key man in the 2007-08 side, and may give José Mourinho’s attack an edgeIn Alexis Sánchez, José Mourinho is about to acquire another world?class player as he plots to make Manchester United an elite domes…

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José Mourinho ‘calm’ over Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sánchez

• Manager claims to be in dark as far as negotiations are concerned• Mourinho confirms Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss trip to BurnleyJosé Mourinho has claimed to being in the dark about Manchester United’s bid to sign Alexis Sánchez, though the manager i…

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Manchester United may land Alexis Sánchez without Mkhitaryan move

• Mourinho hopeful club’s robust finances can fund signing• Some disquiet at Old Trafford over player’s agent’s stanceManchester United could buy Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal even if Henrikh Mkhitaryan refuses to move the other way, with José Mourinho h…

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Manchester United make breakthrough in José Mourinho contract talks

• Club and manager confident an agreement can be finally be reached• United manager seeking increase on £15m-a-year dealManchester United have made a breakthrough in contract talks with José Mourinho, with each party confident an agreement can be final…

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Alexis Sánchez move to Manchester United may hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan

• Armenian yet to decide on possible move to Emirates• Antonio Conte does not think Chelsea are trying to sign SánchezManchester United’s hopes of buying Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez may recede should Henrikh Mkhitaryan not wish move to the north London cl…

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Alexis Sánchez transfer: Manchester City close to accepting defeat in chase

• City regard financial package to sign Arsenal forward as excessive• Way clear for Manchester United to seal move for SánchezManchester City are close to accepting their attempt to sign Alexis Sánchez is dead because of what they regard as the astrono…

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José Mourinho says he is man enough to apologise in latest Antonio Conte spat

• Manager makes reference to his rapprochement with Claudio Ranieri• Manchester United keen on extending David de Gea’s contractJosé Mourinho has reignited the feud with Antonio Conte by stating he has been “man enough” to say sorry when in the wrong, …

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Leroy Sané: ‘Pep told me to play like Messi – with freedom’

Manchester City forward tells how he could have joined Sunday’s opponents, Liverpool, but has no regrets after 18 months iunder the tutelage of GuardiolaLeroy Sané’s welcoming demeanour suggests a young footballer enjoying his stellar rise at Mancheste…