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Marcus Rashford seals comfortable win for Manchester United over Fulham

If only Manchester United could play Fulham every week people might begin to take them more seriously. The joke before kick-off at Old Trafford was that Liverpool had done United a favour by winning so handsomely at Bournemouth, because goal difference…

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Manchester United must be grateful to David de Gea, says José Mourinho

• Goalkeeper pulled off marvellous save when score was 0-0• Marouane Fellaini secured win and qualification with late goalMarouane Fellaini might have been Manchester United’s stoppage-time saviour but José Mourinho paid tribute to goalkeeper David de …

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Fellaini to rescue as Manchester United leave it late to qualify for next stage

Manchester United have not lost the knack of pulling the fat from the fire in the closing seconds of a game. The stadium announcer had just confirmed there would be three minutes stoppage time when Marouane Fellani gathered a knockdown from Romelu Luka…

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José Mourinho complains he is being blamed for ‘the rain and Brexit’

• Manchester United manager says he is the victim of a manhunt• ‘Some of my players are not coping so well,’ he addsJosé Mourinho took paranoia to a new level in the aftermath of Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle, complaining the last…

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Sánchez seals dramatic Manchester United comeback against Newcastle

There were chants of “José Mourinho” from the Stretford End as Manchester United left it late to win their first home match in five attempts. There was no such backing as the home side went two goals down inside 10 minutes for the first time ever in a …

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‘I don’t need to know what Paul Scholes said,’ says José Mourinho

• Former midfielder said Mourinho was ‘embarrassing the club’• Manager again laments lack of ball-playing central defenderJosé Mourinho defended his players after their latest stuttering performance, claiming he was pleased with the effort and commitme…

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‘I don’t need to know what Paul Scholes said,’ says José Mourinho

• Former midfielder said Mourinho was ‘embarrassing the club’• Manager again laments lack of ball-playing central defenderJosé Mourinho defended his players after their latest stuttering performance, claiming he was pleased with the effort and commitme…

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Manchester United show little sign of improvement against Valencia

David Beckham, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were among the luminaries in the directors’ box here watching the latest evidence of how far their old team has fallen. Paul Scholes, who seems to know already, was in a television studio in London getting pai…

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José Mourinho hails ‘phenomenal’ Paul Pogba after Manchester United sink City

• Two-goal midfielder was pivotal figure in comeback from 2-0 down• Pep Guardiola says he spoke to Pogba to congratulate the playerPaul Pogba was the pivotal figure in the memorable Manchester derby that prevented the Premier League leaders wrapping up…

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Jesse Lingard shines as quickfire Manchester United cruise past Swansea

Paul Pogba returned to the starting line up, Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th Premier League goal and Alexis Sánchez rediscovered his finishing prowess, though this comfortable victory over a pedestrian Swansea side was not just about Manchester United’s…

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José Mourinho plays down Manchester United’s Champions League exit

• Mourinho: ‘I know this has happened at United before’• Manager says team must focus on FA Cup quarter-finalJosé Mourinho attempted to play down the significance of Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League as former players turned television…

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Chelsea lose momentum and match after José Mourinho’s changes | Paul Wilson

Antonio Conte had a frustrating day as his side failed to take their chances before Jesse Lingard took his for Manchester UnitedCredit where it is due: José Mourinho’s sometimes dour tactics do occasionally produce results. This was a big one for Manch…

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Alexis Sánchez off the mark to help Manchester United sink Huddersfield

The good news for Manchester United is that Manchester City’s lead has been cut to 13 points. The bad news, apart from the fact 13 points is still a lot, is that this performance was not a vast improvement on the one against Tottenham at Wembley.While …

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José Mourinho still has issues with Manchester United fans which don’t exist | Paul Wilson

The Manchester United manager continued his needless bickering with a section of the home support in his programme notes but his reasons remain unclearEnjoy the game is a phrase every football fan reads every week if they buy a match programme and both…

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José Mourinho tells critics to ‘calm down’ after Manchester United beat Spurs

• ‘Some people speak too much. You know, calm down, relax’• ‘It was a good performance from us, I liked it,’ says MourinhoA week after excoriating his players for their unprofessional attitude at Huddersfield Town, José Mourinho was all smiles as his M…

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Manchester United’s Anthony Martial rises to occasion to sink Spurs

Even without Harry Kane, Tottenham held the upper hand for much of this closely contested game, though Manchester United are no mugs under José Mourinho and they stuck grimly to their task to pick up an important win with a late Anthony Martial goal. T…

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Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace fighting in class they cannot handle

• ‘We are attempting to respond and not stay on the canvas’
• José Mourinho hails Marouane Fellaini after Manchester United’s 4-0 win

Roy Hodgson chose a boxing analogy to describe his side’s latest thumping in Manchester, inevitably inviting the observation that in a real ringfight the referee would have stopped such an uneven contest.

“I don’t want to criticise my players in any way, but we are taking a few blows to the chin,” the Crystal Palace manager said, as his team remain without either a goal or a victory. “We are without Zaha, Benteke and Loftus-Cheek and we lost Scott Dann the day before the game. We are playing with a winger from Wolves at centre-forward. Add all those things together and we have to accept we are the boxer fighting in a weight class he is not able to handle at the moment. We are taking the blows and getting knocked down, but we are attempting to respond and not stay on the canvas.”

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Paul Pogba has difficulty showing his worth but Manchester United progress | Paul Wilson

The £90m French midfielder has had a tough time in England this season and he struggled again to justify his lofty valuation against Celta Vigo

It cannot be easy wearing the tag of world’s most expensive footballer, and it may turn out the detailed transfer fee revelations of the past few days prove a blessing in disguise for Paul Pogba.

Since Manchester United brought him back in such costly fashion last summer there has been a background muttering for most of the season to the effect that he does not actually look like a £90m player. José Mourinho keeps saying that he will, one day, while United’s many detractors and even one or two of their supporters feel that pushing the boat out to the extent of breaking the world record ought to deliver a finished player from day one.

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José Mourinho criticises Manchester United’s finishing after Everton draw

• ‘It is obvious we don’t score enough goals,’ says Manchester United manager
• Ronald Koeman laments Everton’s missed chances but pleased with showing

José Mourinho has admitted that goalscoring is a problem for Manchester United and says he will take steps to improve the situation for next season.

United’s last‑gasp equaliser against Everton took their unbeaten record to 20 Premier League games, yet they have remained out of the top four through drawing 10 of them. “It is obvious we do not score enough goals,” the United manager said. “We have the attacking players, we have the chances but we don’t convert enough. I think we are second in the table for attempts on goal but third from bottom for the ratio of chances accepted. That says it all. I would happily sign up now to go 20 matches unbeaten next season, but to win more games we need to score more goals.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late penalty rescues Manchester United against Everton

José Mourinho’s cunning plan to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa event is going to come in handy if Manchester United continue playing like this. They have taken only two points from two successive home games, and needed a 94th-minute penalty to avoid defeat against a desperately unlucky Everton.

This was a classy and convincing response from the visitors after their abject display in the Merseyside derby, while once again questions were raised about the ponderousness of United’s attack. At this rate they are not going to instil much fear into Europa League opponents, though a certain amount of luck remains on Mourinho’s side, otherwise it would not have been Luke Shaw’s shot that brought about the last-minute spot-kick.

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