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Ronald Koeman tells José Mourinho to “get realistic” – video

In a fractious press conference after his Everton side lost 4-0 at Old Trafford, Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic”, in reference to comments the Manchester United boss made in his column in the match-day programme. Koeman also suggested that if he can’t get his team to win in the four home games they have before the next international break, he should be removed from his job

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Ronald Koeman frustrated by José Mourinho’s top-four comment

• Mourinho says Everton should be aiming for top-four finish
• Koeman tells Manchester United manager to ‘get realistic’

Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic” after the Manchester United manager claimed before his side’s 4-0 win that Everton should be aiming for a top-four finish “at least” having spent £140m in the summer transfer window.

Goals from Antonio Valencia on two minutes, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on 83, Romelu Lukaku, on 89, and an Anthony Martial penalty in added time put United joint-top with Manchester City, both teams having 13 points and 16 goals with two conceded after five matches.

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Wayne Rooney deserves legend’s welcome on United return, says José Mourinho

• Forward returns to Old Trafford with Everton on Sunday
• ‘He’s one of the most important players in the history of Manchester United’

Wayne Rooney should receive the welcome he deserves as a “genuine Manchester United legend” when making a first return with Everton on Sunday, according to José Mourinho.

Rooney is set to line up at Old Trafford against the side for which scored a record 253 goals, and his former manager is in no doubt regarding how the Liverpudlian should be greeted.

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We are in the second tier, says José Mourinho – video

After seeing his Manchester United side win 3-0 at home in their Champions League match against Basel, José Mourinho claimed that his side are in the second tier of European football, and that the goal for them is just to qualify for the knockout phase. Mourinho also subtly bemoaned the lack of a winter break in the Premier League, saying that the “big guys” are more fresh, and that the group stages are just a warm-up exercise for them

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José Mourinho says Manchester United motivation high back in ‘natural habitat’

• United face Basel at Old Trafford on return to Champions League action
• Bans mean Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof set to play in central defence

José Mourinho feels Manchester United will be back in their “natural habitat” when they return to Champions League combat for the first time in 644 days against Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

“To be in the Champions League is just to go back to the natural habitat, season after season, for Manchester United,” the manager said. “I look forward to tomorrow and hope Old Trafford feels it in the same way we feel it. Our motivation’s high. We’ll try to qualify and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe.”

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José Mourinho blames Marouane Fellaini’s absence for slip-up at Stoke

• United’s manager says he needed more height to cope with aerial threat
• Mark Hughes hits back at ‘lazy’ claim as managers clash after 2-2 draw

A game for Marouane Fellaini: that was José Mourinho’s assessment after Manchester United dropped their first points of the season. The richest club in the world had the attacking might of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford at their disposal.

Nemanja Matic, the imposing £40m signing from Chelsea, offered brawn in midfield and there was no space on the bench for the new £31m centre-back Victor Lindelöf. Yet Mourinho pined for his sharp-elbowed Belgian nuisance, whose absence with a calf injury apparently left a team containing eight players taller than 6ft vulnerable to a classic Stoke City aerial bombardment.

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José Mourinho refused to shake Mark Hughes’s hand after believing he was sworn at

• Incident occurred after Stoke drew 2-2 with Manchester United
• Stoke manager Hughes earlier pushed Mourinho

José Mourinho refused to shake Mark Hughes hand at the end of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City because he believed he was told to “fuck off” during the game by the Welshman.

In the second half at the Bet365 Stadium Mourinho and Hughes clashed and at the close the Portuguese shook hands with some Stoke staff but not their manager.

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Injury-free Phil Jones back on form to impress cautious José Mourinho

Phil Jones has been a key component of Manchester United’s flying start to the season and Gareth Southgate will have taken note of his form

Phil Jones’s career has contained more than its fair share of caveats so it was reasonable enough for José Mourinho, invited to dwell on the significance of his centre-back to a third consecutive clean sheet, to add another. A defensive Leicester side had not set the most rigorous of examinations but the more relevant note of caution was a familiar one.

“If we manage to have him safe from injuries, I think he’s potentially everything I like in a central defender,” Mourinho said after watching Jones impress alongside Eric Bailly and ensure glimpses of open grass for Jamie Vardy were kept to the barest minimum in a 2-0 win. The tools that marked him out as a star in his Blackburn years had all been on show: the channelled aggression, the composure, even a first-half surge upfield in support of the attack that provided a brief reminder of the havoc his power can wreak at the right moments.

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José Mourinho not getting carried away after Manchester United maintain 100% record – video

José Mourinho says he is not getting carried away with Manchester United’s good start to the new season, despite his side’s 100% record in the Premier League. United saw off Leicester 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini

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José Mourinho says there are no guarantees for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

• Manchester United manager says Swede is ‘one more striker’
• Mourinho praises Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s start to the season

Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have to accept “that’s life” if José Mourinho selects Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford before him when he is available again for Manchester United.

On Thursday Ibrahimovic re-signed on a one-year deal but is still recovering from a serious knee injury and Mourinho believes the 35-year-old will not be ready for action until next year. The manager is insistent that, if Ibrahimovic proves deserving of first-choice status, he will receive it. By the same token the striker will have to settle for a substitute’s berth if Lukaku and Rashford are on form.

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Manchester United’s Anthony Martial back in José Mourinho’s good books | Nick Miller

Old Trafford club’s forward Anthony Martial has overcome his troubles of last season to score in the first two Premier League matches

In some ways it is a surprise that Anthony Martial is still at Manchester United. Whenever José Mourinho mentioned the French forward last season, it seemed like it was to offer criticism, either explicitly or in that passive-aggressive manner of his, where you are not sure if he genuinely does not rate a player or is just trying to motivate him with tough love.

In November, Mourinho claimed Martial was struggling to adapt to his style of play. In January, he said the striker had not taken a rare chance given in the first-team and drew comparisons to Memphis Depay, who by that point had been ushered out the door at Old Trafford. By April, we had reached full ‘boot up the behind territory’.

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José Mourinho wary of roadworks despite Manchester United’s fast start

• United score four goals in opening two matches for first time since 1907
• ‘It’s not always motorway. You always find difficult roads’

Manchester United continued their superb start to the season by again scoring four goals – the first time they have done that in their opening two matches since 1907 – but José Mourinho warned his players that “it’s not always motorway” and there will be “roadworks” ahead. The United manager did admit, though, that his team are playing with the sort of confidence they lacked last season after three late goals in four minutes against Swansea completed another emphatic victory.

Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial all scored for the second game running, with Eric Bailly getting the other goal on an afternoon when Swansea imploded in the final 10 minutes. When it was pointed out to Mourinho that United had not made a start like this to a season for 108 years, the Portuguese replied: “I prefer to say we start last season with two matches, six points and we finished sixth. That’s not a lesson, it’s a reality of football – two matches are not the end of the world for people that lose and it’s not paradise for people that win. I am happy, of course, and the quality of the performance gives me even more confidence.”

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Manchester United are full of confidence, says José Mourinho – video

José Mourinho has said that his Manchester United team is playing with confidence after their 4-0 win away at Swansea in Saturday’s early kick-off. The Swans manager Paul Clement defended his tactics, making it clear that he’s not interested in damage limitation, and wanted to try to get back into the game rather than sit back and keep the scoreline respectable

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José Mourinho denies pressure at Manchester United to repeat title record

• Manager denies pressure in chasing title-winning record
• ‘The only demand on me is the one I put on myself’

José Mourinho is under a certain amount of pressure this season at Manchester United, albeit pressure he has brought on himself. At his previous clubs he has always managed to win the title in his second season and at his present one there is an expectation of something a little more dynamic than finishing sixth in the table and qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa competition.

Related: Manchester United v West Ham United: match preview

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Manchester United one of seven teams who can win title, says José Mourinho

• United manager remains defiant despite summer injury setbacks
• Still hopes to sign a wide player before transfer window closes

José Mourinho believes Manchester United can win the title this season, despite starting the campaign at a similar level to last summer – with the arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof balanced out by injuries to Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young.

Related: Manchester United: José Mourinho’s giants need to uphold second-season feat

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José Mourinho: Manchester United have ‘a giant on our chest’

• Manager admits United are long way behind Spanish powerhouses
• Mourinho says United will be humble on their return to Champions League

José Mourinho has compared Manchester United’s struggle in the Champions League to having “a giant on our chest” before their return to the competition.

United lost Tuesday’s Uefa Super Cup 2-1 to Real Madrid, who have won the European Cup for the past two seasons, the first club to do so in the Champions League era. United will enter at the group stage of the tournament when it starts next month.

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José Mourinho says it’s ‘game over’ in Manchester United’s Gareth Bale chase

• United manager admits Wales star wants to stay at Real Madrid
• Madrid claim Super Cup with 2-1 victory over Mourinho’s men

José Mourinho admitted it is “game over” regarding Manchester United’s hopes of signing Gareth Bale, following the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Uefa Super Cup final in Skopje.

The 28-year-old has been the subject of speculation that Real may sell him but United’s manager was unequivocal regarding Bale’s future.

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José Mourinho plays the humble one before Real Madrid v Manchester United

• ‘Europa League is very hard to win but top quality is Champions League’
• Real are team everyone wants to beat, says Juan Mata before Super Cup

José Mourinho was in deferential mood again when discussing Manchester United’s quality compared with Real Madrid, saying the Europa League is very difficult to win but “top quality” lies in the Champions League.

The manager’s standout remarks of the summer tour of the United States came after last month’s 1-0 defeat by Barcelona in Washington DC.

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José Mourinho ready to ‘fight’ for Gareth Bale – if Real Madrid don’t want him

• Manchester United face Real Madrid in European Super Cup final on Tuesday
• ‘If he’s not selected, I will try to be waiting for him on the other side’

José Mourinho has said he will “fight” for Gareth Bale’s signature if Real Madrid do not want him, with the Portuguese predicting that the forward’s inclusion in Zinedine Zidane’s side to face Manchester United in Tuesday’s European Super Cup final will indicate whether or not he is in their plans.

Related: Transfer roundup: Manchester United’s Fosu-Mensah to join Palace on loan

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Pressure on José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola to produce title challenges | Jamie Jackson

United and City expect far better for Manchester than last season while Premier League champions Chelsea hoped Morata’s goals could retain their crown

After Antonio Conte led Chelsea to their fifth Premier League crown in his first campaign, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho embark on a defining 2017-18 season. Defining because the pair were granted a free pass last term. However, Conte’s feat casts a harsh light on how poorly Guardiola and Mourinho performed. Guardiola guided City to an unconvincing third and Mourinho took United to a lowly sixth. As the positions suggest, neither manager was able to mount a serious tilt at the title and thus their respective employers have to find excuses for them and succour from elsewhere.

Related: Nemanja Matic may be Manchester United’s most important summer signing | Jonathan Wilson

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