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Mkhitaryan: I was close to signing for Liverpool
Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed he very nearly joined Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers was coach at Anfield. “I spoke two or three times on the phone to Brendan Rodgers. He was saying he really wanted me and that I'd get to play with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard,” Mkhitaryan told the Daily Mail. “Half of me thought I had to go there, the other half was not so confident, that the gap to the Premier League might be too big for a skinny player from the Ukrainian League. “Two weeks later, Jurgen Klopp broke off his holiday on an island next to Denmark to come and see me in Dortmund. “I knew he had a good reputation for working with younger players and, after we met, I felt more comfortable to sign for Dortmund. I think I made the right decision.”
Ibra saves a point for Man Utd against Liverpool
Manchester United hosted Liverpool at Old Trafford today. The visiting side managed to open the scoring thanks to James Milner's penalty kick after Paul Pogba played a handball in his own box. Jose Mourinho's side tried its best to level the score though their attempts were unsuccessful up until the 85h minute. Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to save a point for the Red Devils with a well-taken header. Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool Goals: 0-1 Milner 27, 1-1 Ibrahimovic 85
Big Clash. Manchester United vs Liverpool. PREVIEW
English Premier League. Week 21 January 15, 16:00 UTC Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England Referee: Michael Oliver The central clash of the week brings together two teams of different recent patterns. If Manchester United started the season in a dissatisfying trend, Liverpool have been fascinating since the very start of the football year. On the other hand, Manchester United have had a great December, and continue to shine in January. The recent MU success and Liverpool short downturn let Mourinho’s team be considered the favorite of the clash. But are EPL second team an easy nut to crack? Overview on Forms Manchester United: W_W_W_W_W Position: 6th Manchester United are having the brightest part of Mourinho’s period so far. With the team’s main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and creative playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan finding his place in Mourinho’s lineup Manchester United seem to have revived from a deep sleep. The Red Devils have improved the midfield performance in face of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, which led to high pass accuracy and less conceded goals. In fact they have conceded only four goals in their last ten matches, having scored 21. The statistics of the recent matches, overall, are fascinating for Manchester United fans. The team secured their place in English League Cup final (against Southampton), are undefeated in their last 15 games in all competitions, 11 games in English Premier League, having lost at Old Trafford last time back in September. Liverpool: W_W_D_D_L Position: 2nd Liverpool, on the other hand, have better league position and show more stable form throughout the season. They are also undefeated in their last six EPL games. However, Klopp’s team failed to score in FA Cup clash against Plymouth and put themselves in trouble, in the face of replay at the rival’s stadium. Moreover, they lost the midweek League Cup semifinal against Southampton (1-0), losing the opportunity to face Manchester United in the final. This Cup disaster followed another draw against Sunderland (2-2) in the Premier League. Taking into account Tottenham being only one step behind Liverpool in the league table, Klopp’s team have no right not to put the 100% of themselves in the Sunday game. Head-to-Head Statistics Manchester United and Liverpool have one of the longest and most intriguing history of face-to-face clashes. However, what matters are the recent games. Last two games, including the first-leg game at Anfield (0-0) have been draws. The first clash of Klopp vs Mourinho opposition in England did not yet reveal the superior one. As regards the last ten games statistics, Manchester United are obviously winning the battle. Five wins, two draws and three losses count for Manchester’s head-to-head statistics against Liverpool. Jose Mourinho’s side have even better number with regards the statistics at home. Only one loss in the last ten games in all competitions. However, these were another Liverpool and a whole different MU. The game ahead will be the second clash of these managers and their philosophies, and the football world hopes to get answers about one’s supremacy over the other!!! Missing Players Manchester United: Bailly (out of squad) Liverpool: Ings (injured), Mane (out of squad) Probable Lineups
Mourinho: “Manchester United fans must match Liverpool backing”
Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has reiterated his call for the club's supporters to create a hostile atmosphere against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. "Now is just a question of having a little bit extra in a match which for them means a little bit more," the 53-year-old told reporters during pre-match press conference. "It's for them that the match means something more. They have to make us feel that feeling we felt that at Anfield – we felt clearly for the Liverpool fans it was more than a match. "Now we play at home we have a huge percentage of our fans compared with Liverpool fans."
PSG eye Batshuayi
PSG want to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, according to L'Equipe. The Belgian, who signed from Marseille for £33m in the summer, is yet to start a Premier League game for Antonio Conte's side, making 12 sub appearances. The 23-year-old has scored three goals in four cup appearances this term.
Man Utd reject Lyon offer for Depay
Manchester United have rejected a transfer offer for Memphis Depay from Lyon. According to The Mirror, the French side offered for the 22-year-old midfielder price tag of £15m. Dutch attacking midfielder is expected to leave Old Trafford this month. He has played just one EFL Cup game and 20 minutes of Premier League football during this season Depay joined the Red Devils squad from PSV Eindhoven in 2015.
Ranieri will allow Schlupp to leave
Leicester City head coach Claudio Ranieri has revealed he will allow winger Jeff Schlupp to leave the club this month if another club can meet Leicester's valuation of him. The Italian added he can only keep two left-sided players in his squad and he is retaining Christian Fuchs and Chilwell. Crystal Palace had a £9.5m offer for Schlupp rejected this week, while West Brom had three bids turned down during the summer transfer window.
Morgan Schneiderlin joins Everton
Everton have completed the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United. Toffees have paid for the French midfielder an initial £20m fee that could rise to £24m. The 27-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Merseyside outfit. He will reunite with Everton head coach Ronald Koeman, who managed the defensive midfielder for one season at Southampton. https://twitter.com/ManUtd/status/819590115932651521
Fellaini signs new deal with Manchester United
Breaking news coming from Manchester, as Man United confirmed they have extended the contract with Marouane Fellaini. When signing from Everton on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2013, the Belgian agreed a four-year deal with the option of a further year. That has now been taken up, tying him to Old Trafford until at least the summer of 2018, the club announces. Fellaini is much valued by Jose Mourinho who initiated the contract extension which will see the Belgian playing for the Red Devils up until 2018.
Man Utd extend Marouane Fellaini contract
According to Daily Mail, Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has taken the decision to extend Marouane Fellaini's contract by a further year. The Belgium international had the option of an extra 12 months in the four-year deal signed when joining from Everton in 2013, which Mourinho is said to have already triggered. The 29-year-old scored a goal in the match against Hull City on Tuesday, and The Sun have said that he could be offered a fresh long-term contract should he impress over the coming months.