Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose would choose Manchester United over Chelsea if he was to leave the London club, simply because he would rather play for Jose Mourinho than Antonio Conte, according to a report on the Daily Star.
The Englishman has been out with injury since January but is close to a return after participating in training with the first team squad.
Rose looked set to leave the north London club in the summer when he made remarks about the wage structure at the club and how he felt that he deserves more money. Rose also had a dig at the club for not winning any trophies but was fined by the club and issued an apology.
United and Chelsea were quick to register their interest in Rose and it is now understood that the full-back is itching to work under Mourinho. The Portuguese is said to be preparing a £45m deal to bring the defender to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, but is expecting Spurs to be stubborn about selling a key player to a direct rival.
The left-back spot at United is up for grabs, with Ashley Young deputising fantastically in that position so far. However, if United sign Rose, it could spell the end for Luke Shaw at the club.
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Despite their efforts, United were unable to hold their 1-goal lead, as Chelsea score a late equaliser to take a point.
United started the game brightly, dominating possession, getting the ball forward and forcing Chelsea to defend. This continued for 30 minutes before Chelsea settled and got into the game.
Once they did, the home side looked more dangerous on the attack and created the better chances.
In the 29th minute Nemanja Matic got his head on the end of a corner forcing David de Gea to make save a full stretch.
A few minutes later, Oscar almost punished United’s sleeping defence when he it a volley over from 6 yards out.
And then on the stroke of half time, John Terry volleyed at goal but Daley Blind managed to block his shot. There were shouts for handball from the Chelsea players.
United’s only real chance in the first half came from Anthony Martial in the 18th minute. The United winger picked up the ball just outside the box on the left and rifled a shot at goal but, Courtois, at full stretch, tipped the ball round the post.
United started the second half similar to first. On the front foot, searching for the opening goal.
It almost came in the 50th minute when Anthony Martial skipped past Ivanovic and hit right footed shot at goal, only it went just wide of the near post.
United continued to press in search for that first goal and they eventually got it on the hour mark. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson whipped in a left footed cross with plenty of pace in the direction of Wayne Rooney. The captain touched the ball into the path of Jesse Lingard who controlled with his back to goal, turned and volleyed into the top right corner.
Chelsea reacted positively to the goal by applying some of their own pressure on the United defence.
Chelsea probed and probed for an equaliser but United’s defence held strong, kepping the likes of Hazard, Pedro, Willian and Costa at bay. David de Gea also made two fantastic reaction saves from close range shots by Ivanovic (left footed volley from 6 yards out) and Fabregas (right footed driven shot from 6 yards out).
United looked like they were going to leave Stamford Bridge with all three points but Chelsea did not give up and in the 91st minute Cesc Fabregas played a pass straight through the middle of a packed United defence finding Diego Costa who then only had David de Gea to beat. He hit a shot but Cameron Borthwick-Jackson slid into to block. Costa then hit the rebound into the back of de Gea’s net for the equaliser.
The draw means that United stay 5th but see the gap to fourth increase to 7 points as the teams above win their games over the weekend.
The question on everyone’s mind now is “Have United still got a chance of reaching top four?”
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Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed what was said during the teamtalk before the Chelsea game at Old Trafford.
Prior to playing Chelsea, Man United had failed to win any of their previous 5 Premier League games and pressure was on the team and the manager, Louis van Gaal, to not only win but also put in a performance.
In an interview with MUTV, Morgan Schneiderlin revealed what was said in the teamtalk before the game. He had this to say:
We talked before the game and said it was a must for us to be aggressive, to be on the front foot and to attack, just for our fans because they deserve to see some attractive football
The France international then went on to say this:
Sometimes we can’t do that for whatever reason but today it was a must for us to be on the front foot. We created some magnificent chances and for everyone in the crowd I think it was a beautiful game.
For us it was a good game as well because Chelsea are a very good team. But it will be a hard night to sleep because we didn’t win.
What more could we have done today? We just need to score one goal and then be able to play around it.
We know that if we can improve on the first part of the season, by scoring more goals and getting back to the strong defensive performances we had before the last few games, then anything can happen.
This isn’t finished. There are five months left, the second part of the season. We must be confident because we are Manchester United, we are one of the biggest teams in the world.
Schneiderlin’s bullish attitude for the second half of the season can be lauded but, there is one part of his speech that may raise questions and/or concerns among United fans. On playing attacking football: “Sometimes we can’t do that for whatever reason but today it was a must for us to be on the front foot.”
Surely it is a must to play attacking football week in week out. That is a trait that United fans across the globe have come to expect. It’s one of the characteristics of the “United way”.
What do you think of Morgan Schneiderlin’s comments? Do you feel that the team are being restricted from playing the free-flowing, attacking football that so many are used to seeing? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Man United’s winless streak continues after a goalless draw at Old Trafford with current Premier League champions, Chelsea.
The match started brightly with both teams getting forward and creating goal scoring opportunities, but it was Man United who went on to dominate in the first half putting pressure on the visitors.
It was Man United who had the first chance to take the lead in only the 3rd minute when Juan Mata got on the end of a Wayne Rooney pass, but the Spaniard could only rattle the bar with his left footed shot.
Two minutes later, former England captain John Terry almost put the visitors ahead with a powerful header, but David de Gea reacted quickly to save.
In the 16th minute, Man United had another chance to go ahead, but the woodwork came to Chelsea’s rescue again preventing Anthony Martial’s shot after he cut in past Ivanovic.
Another chance came for the reds in the 29th minute when Wayne Rooney unleashed a venomous shot at Chelsea’s goal from long range, but Courtois got across and palmed it to safety.
The second half, although not as entertaining as the first, did provide some goal scoring chances.
Chelsea attacked first in the 48th minute with two chances falling to Pedro and Azpilicueta respectively, but both were denied by a double save from Man United keeper David de Gea. Pedro made easy work of weaving past the United defence giving himself room to shoot only for de Gea to save. The loose ball fell to Azpilicueta who shot first time, but the United keeper was alert to the situation and saved again.
In the 56th minute Man United had a chance to take the lead through Ander Herrera. Anthony Martial crossed the ball across the six yard box but Herrera’s shot was blocked by Courtois and the ball span just wide of the post.
Then it was Chelsea’s turn again. Six minutes after Herrera’s near miss, the visitors looked like they were going to take the lead when on a counter attack Nemanja Matic found himself one-on-one with David de Gea but he took his shot too early sending the ball into the stands.
The game progressed into the latter stages with Man United searching for a winner and Chelsea seeming to be settling for a draw and in the 86th minute United were presented with a great chance to steal a possible winner. The chance fell to Wayne Rooney. The ball was played across the face of goal to the far post where Rooney was positioned, but the Man United and England captain volleyed over from close range.
The draw means Man United remain 6th in the Premier League; 5 points behind 4th placed Man city, who have a game in hand. More worryingly, United are only 3 points clear of old rivals Liverpool, who currently occupy 10th place.
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