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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United would have a tough season ahead. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Jose Mourinho Handed One Year Prison Sentence Including €2m Fine

Time is not going too well for the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. With only 2 wins in 4 matches, Mourinho’s men are at the 10th of the table. Meanwhile, Mourinho has got himself into more trouble. The manager has accepted a one-year suspended jail sentence after being accused of defrauding the Spanish Tax Office of €3.3million (£2.9m) of earnings while in charge at Real Madrid.

Mourinho handed prison sentence and fine due to Spanish tax issues.

Mourinho spent three years at Real Madrid. He was accused of using offshore company accounts in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal income from image rights in 2011. And according to El Mundo, the former Madrid manager has reached a deal with tax authorities, with two six-month suspended prison sentences.

However, Mourinho will not be spending time in prison. According to Spanish law, a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.

After a court appearance in Pozuelo de Alarcon in 2017, Mourinho said:

“I did not answer, I did not argue. I paid and signed with the state that I am in compliance and the case is closed.”

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The United manager is not the first one to be accused of tax evasion by the Spanish authorities. Top players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also fell into the same trouble in the past.

Ronaldo is accused of defrauding the Spanish Treasury of €14.7m (£13m/$16.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2014 by concealing income earned from his image rights. While, Messi was found guilty of defrauding the Spanish Treasury to the tune of €4.1m (£3m/£4.6m) between 2007 and 2009.

Messi’s  21-month jail sentence changed to a fine of €252,000 by the Spanish courts. His father Jorge had to pay €180,000.

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Paul Pogba talks about his life at Manchester United. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Barcelona Signing Paul Pogba Would ‘Make Us Happy’ – Gerard Pique

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has found it tough to get going once again this season. The player is failing to thrive under Jose Mourinho and this is impacting the club results.

Although he was one of the chief contributors for France at the World Cup, Manchester United are unable to get the best out of him. And this could leave the club with an option to sell him before the end of the transfer window. And FC Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has backed his club to sign Paul Pogba.

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“I’m not too well-informed on what’s going on between [Pogba and Mourinho],” Pique said at an event on Monday. “He is a great player, that’s clear, and we will see in the future if he changes clubs.

“It would be good if he came [to Barcelona] and it would make us happy in the future, but we have to respect the fact he is a Manchester United player.”

The 25-year old was signed for a record €105 million back in 2016 by Manchester United. The fee is still a record in Premier League and was then the world record transfer fee for any player. However, Paul Pogba had failed to live up to the expectations of the fans under Jose Mourinho.

The duo found it tough to work together especially over the course of his second season. Jose Mourinho often benched him in favor of youngster Scott McTominay during the latter stages of last season. The relationship only seems to sour in recent weeks.

Barcelona – Long Time Admirers of Paul Pogba 

The Spanish giants first tried to sign Paul Pogba back in 2015. However their massive €80 million bid was rejected by Juventus. The Red Devils secured his signing the following season.

With Barcelona trying to fill the void left by Andres Iniesta, Paul Pogba would be a great addition to the current midfield. Although they signed Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal this summer, Pogba would be the impact signing for the club.

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A fallout with manager Jose Mourinho could see Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford this season. Image Courtesy: Getty

With Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic on the wrong side of 30s, this could be Barcelona’s moment to seal a deal for Pogba. This would pair him perfectly with Phillipe Coutinho at Nou Camp for many years ahead.

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Harry Kane Hails Spurs’ Top Performance In Old Trafford Win

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane believes their 3-0 win at Old Trafford on Monday night a title warning to the rest of the Premier League.

The visitors were on top from the beginning and handed Jose Mourinho a drubbing. The league’s premier striker Kane started it all when he scored the opener in the 50th minute. After a couple of incredible seasons, Harry Kane believes Spurs have the drive to reach next level.

The club were making some huge strides over the past few years. Last year, they even toppled winners Real Madrid and German giants Borussia Dortmund to finish top of their group in Champions League. The win at Old Trafford is going to boost the confidence of the team to a whole new level.

“That’s massive, to come here and win the way we did is a big statement,” Harry Kane told Sky Sports. “We wanted to start the season well and three wins out of three is a great start.”

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After Harry Kane’s initial goal, the compact Manchester United defense pushed for an equalizer, which only played into hands of Tottenham Hotspur. A second goal in 2 minutes after the first goal put an end to United’s hopes in the game. Lucas Moura scored two goals and played an important role in the game.

“That’s the only way we’ll win the league. We haven’t started well in previous years, we’ve had to play catch-up, but the top six are so strong now you have to stay with them.

“This will give us huge belief, it’s a great statement tonight. We’re trying to create our own history at Spurs. We’ve not been top of the league over the years like United, like Chelsea.”

The win meant Tottenham Hotspur continue their perfect start winning nine points out of nine.

Jose Mourinho- A shadow of his former self

Although, Mauricio Pochettino and the club decided against bringing new players, the squad looks primed for success. On the other hand, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had gone all out on the board for giving him funds to sign new players.

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Jose Mourinho has predicted the future for Manchester United ahead of the forthcoming season. Image Courtesy: Getty

But the manager is currently looking a shadow of his former self. Gone are his glory days of Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. The Portuguese tactician looked like an yesterday’s manager in the game against Spurs. After suffering the biggest home defeat in his career, the future looks uncertain for Mourinho in Manchester.

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Premier League 2018/19: Brighton Stun Manchester United At Home

Brighton have stunned Manchester United with a 3-2 victory at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s men have suffered a shocking blow in the early stage of the Premier League.

Manchester United’s nightmare continues at Brighton.

Goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross in the first half gave Brighton a solid start. Romelu Lukaku pulled one back before the second half and the skipper Paul  Pogba converted a penalty. But in the end, nothing could save United from losing three vital points.

Brighton took control over United right from the beginning and goals kept coming for the home side. Murray clipped a delightful finish past David de Gea before Duffy swept home after United failed to clear a corner.

Lukaku, who missed a golden chance at 0-0, nodded in a lifeline for his side. But more slack defending saw Eric Bailly bring down Gross, who dispatched his penalty a minute before the break.

As Alexis Sanchez missed he game through injury, Mourinho introduced Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard at half-time. But there was little improvement to their attacking display. And Pogba’s finish from the spot came too late to rescue a result.

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United’s defending was not up to the mark. Bailly and Victor Lindelof did  little to convince the manager of their suitability as a duo. While Andreas Pereira and new recruit Fred were anonymous in midfield.

With a rating below 6, United’s goal-keeper David de Gea had a day to forget. In competitive games since the start of the 2018 World Cup, he has conceded  10 goals from his last 14 shots on target faced for Manchester United and Spain combined.

With this defeat, Manchester City have already stolen a march on their neighbours in the title race. In their second game, they thrashed Huddersfield Town 6-1 to make it two wins in a row.

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Murray 25′, Duffy 27′, Grob 44′ (p) | Lukaku 44′, Pogba (90+5) (p)

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Premier League 2018/19: Round Up – Big Win For City, Shock Defeat For United

Same day but a very different type of results for Manchester United and Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s men thrashed Huddersfield Town 6-1 while Jose Mourinho’s men suffered a shocked defeat against Brighton in the second week of the Premier League 2018/19.

Manchester City thrashed Huddersfield Town while United suffered a shock defeat away from home.

Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town

Sergio Aguero’s hattrick and goals from David Silva and Gabriel Jesus wasn’t enough for Huddersfield to take. An own goal from Aguer and Kongolo made it even worse for the away side as they suffered an embarrassing 6-1 defeat.

Aguero scored City’s first,  third and fifth goals. While, Gabriel Jesus and David Silva, on his 250th Premier League appearance scored in 31st and 48th minute respectively. City have now scored 104 goals in 39 games at home under Guardiola in the Premier League. Stankovic scored  a consolation goal for Huddersfield before the second half. The defending champions have started off their campaign with two wins in a row.

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Brighton vs Manchester United

Brighton have stunned Manchester United with a 3-2 victory at the Amex Stadium. Mourinho’s men have suffered a shocking blow in the early stage of the Premier League.

Goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross in the first half gave Brighton a solid start. Romelu Lukaku pulled one back before the second half and the skipper Paul  Pogba converted a penalty. But in the end, nothing could save United from losing three vital points. With this defeat, Manchester City have already stolen a march on their neighbours in the title race.


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Burnley vs Watford

Watford have earned a vital three points away from home after beating Burnley 3-1. The match started in the most thrilling way possible.

Watford’s Andre Grey opened the goal account in under 4 minutes and Tarkowski equalized for Burnley just after 3 minutes. But in the second half, Watford scored two goals in the space of just 3 minutes to make the job done for Watford. Goals from Deeney in the 48th minute and Hughes in the 51st minute sealed the three points for the away side.

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Mourinho Will Be Sacked Before Christmas – Lee Sharpe

Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe believes Jose Mourinho is the wrong man for the job and he will be gone before the Christmas.

Jose Mourinho’s men suffered a shock defeat against Brighton.

Things has not been going to well for Mourinho and Manchester United. After failing to make any big signing in the summer transfer window, they suffered a 3-2 defeat against Brighton in their second league game.

Mourinho was able to help United to bring three trophies in his debut campaign. But things started to fall apart when he ended the 2017-18 season as trophy less. And a frustrating transfer market made it even worse for the Portuguese man.

Meanwhile, after the defeat against Brighton, Sharpe believes the United manager will be sacked soon.

The former United winger told Press Association Sport:
“When he came to Chelsea the first time he was quite charming and fun. But now he just seems dour and fed up. He’s moaned about not signing new players and not bigging up the ones he’s got. The football’s not entertaining and what makes it twice as bad is that their two biggest rivals, Man City and Liverpool, do play exciting football. His negative style does not fit in with the expansive football that United fans want. I think he’ll be gone before Christmas.”

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The former England International also believes Mourinho didn’t handle  the Paul Pogba’s situation well.

“I do not think Mourinho has handled the [Paul] Pogba situation very well. It was the same with Luke Shaw before that. Any views should be kept in-house and not appear in the press. Mourinho talks about class [he accused Manchester City of lacking it by making their Amazon TV series]. But that is the sign of class in my eyes. Every player who played for Sir Alex Ferguson – whether they liked him or not – respected him. Because you knew that any grievances would not be aired in the press.”

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Paul Scholes says Paul Pogba has to be consistent ahead of the 2018/19 season of English Premier League. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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My Attitude Was Not Right Enough – Paul Pogba

An honest Paul Pogba admitted that his attitude was not up to the mark in Manchester Untied’s 3-2 defeat against Brighton on Sunday.

Paul Pogba led the team in Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat against Brighton.

Even before the half time, United were trailing by 3-0, but a goal from Pogba just before the whistle of the first half made it 3-1. However, the captain believes his side lacked attitude and the hunger to win.

Pogba told Sky Sports:
“They had more hunger than us. I put myself first, that my attitude wasn’t right enough. We made mistakes we shouldn’t make. We were playing at home last week [a 2-1 win over Leicester] and that’s different. Different teams, different tactics. I know you cannot always play very, very good. The attitude always has to be very good and we missed that.”

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Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho denied to criticize any specific player. And he also refused to blame the result on an underwhelming transfer window. Though, he gave a tricky reply when asked if United can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool.

“At the end of November, December you will have an idea if we can compete against City and Liverpool. “I am not going to speak about the market. We made mistakes and were punished by our mistakes. Sometimes you make mistakes and are punished, sometimes the opponent doesn’t take advantage of the gifts. And sometimes they do and this time was almost three on three so they were critical in the gifts that we gave them and because of that I think they deserve [to win].”

The United manager further added:
“Every person in every job [who] makes a mistake is not happy, self-esteem goes down a little bit more, confidence levels — that’s human nature so, if you ask me if my players are in this moment happy, I don’t think they are.”

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Jose Mourinho took a dig at Manchester City's recently released documentary. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Jose Mourinho Slams Manchester City’s Recently Released Documentary

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has heavily criticised Manchester City’s recently released documentary saying it lacks “class”.

Manchester City released a documentary named, All or Nothing.

The defending Premier League champions made an eight-part film named, All or Nothing. It premiered in Manchester last week, and it highlighted City’s latest Premier League title triumph in 2017/18.

Not only Manchester City won the league but also became the first team in the Premier League history to achieve the 100-point mark.

However, it all began when Ben Kingsley described City’s 2-1 win over United at Old Trafford in December as,

“Guardiola versus Mourinho once more; possession vs defence; attacking football vs park the bus”.

Mourinho certainly didn’t like that part, and he heavily slammed the documentary right after that. He told Sky Sports,

“You can have a fantastic movie while respecting others. And you don’t need to be disrespectful to have a fantastic movie. You can be a rich club and buy the best players in the world. But you cannot buy class, and they showed that clearly, that was really obvious.”

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Manchester City won the Premier League 2017/18 season.

Mourinho’s men started their Premier League 2018/19 campaign with a win, and they take on Brighton in their second game on Sunday. The manager warned the supporters that they may have their work cut out.

Last season we put ourselves in a difficult position, because to do better we can only finish first. When I read sometimes and watch sometimes, it looks like we finished sixth or seventh and everybody did better than us. We finished second.”

Jose Mourinho further added it’s going to be a tough season for sure.

“Liverpool are trying to win the title with their amazing investment. Chelsea have a fantastic squad; Manchester City have a fantastic squad too. Tottenham made an incredible investment by keeping their players, that’s the best investment you can make. I think it’s going to be a very hard season.”

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Paul Pogba talks about his life at Manchester United. Image Courtesy: Getty
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‘There are Things I Can’t Say, Otherwise I Will be Fined’ – Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba, who was linked heavily with a move to FC Barcelona has revealed there are some things he can’t say when asked about his current situation at Manchester United.

Paul Pogba was linked heavily with Spanish club FC Barcelona.

Manchester United kicked-off the English Premier League with a 2-1 win over Leicester City. Paul Pogba, who led the team for the first time in the Premier League scored the opening goal via penalty for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Pogba claimed Manchester United had no confirmed penalty taker against Leicester City. Also, he said he is prepared to let Alexis Sanchez take the club’s next one after winning an argument with the Chilean.

However, in less than two minutes in the game, United was awarded a penalty, and Paul Pogba made no mistake to make it 1-0.

However, he still feels unhappy at the Old Trafford. And his latest interview after the match against Leicester City has proved it once again. Pogba told reporters,

“There are things I can say, and there are things that I cannot say. Otherwise, I will get fined. When people trust you and have confidence then you are good in your own head, it’s going to be easier. I’ll always give my best to the fans and my team-mates no matter what’s going on.”

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A fallout with manager Jose Mourinho could see Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford this season. Image Courtesy: Getty

The move for the 25-year old was on the cards during the 2018 summer transfer window. Both Barcelona and Juventus were eager to sign him. But Mourinho didn’t want to sell the France midfielder at any cost.

Though, Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho is turning in the wrong way. It all started when Mourinho dropped Paul Pogba on more than one occasion last season, including for a Champions League knockout tie against Sevilla.

But now it seems Mourinho is trying to improve the relationship with him. The France midfielder was given time off after helping his country lift the FIFA World Cup 2018 in France. Though, Mourinho still decided to name him as captain for the Premier League opener at Old Trafford.

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Paul Pogba could join Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona, hints the club President. Image Courtesy: Getty
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Barcelona President Denies to Rule out Paul Pogba Move

Barcelona President, Maria Bartomeu didn’t agree to talk anything about Paul Pogba, but he didn’t rule out the move and said anything could happen in the next 20 days.

Paul Pogba could be at Barcelona, hints club President

Following the 2-1 victory against Sevilla in the Super Copa final, Maria talked about the 2018 summer transfer window in the press conference. When asked about Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, he gave an answer which raised a lot of questions.

“I won’t speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days left. We’ll see which players come out. We’re focused on the League, so it’s best to ask [Eric] Abidal, [Ramon] Planes or Pep Segura about players. There’s still time to do business.”

Barcelona has been very busy in the 2018 summer transfer window. Players like Andre Gomes has been sent on loan, while Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina have been sold to Everton. Andres Iniesta’s era also came to an end at the Camp Nou.

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Paul Pogba to Barcelona is on the cards.

Barcelona has signed a few players too. The Spanish club has signed Malcom, Arthur Melo, Arthuro Vidal and Clement Lenglet so far. With the press conference of the Barcelona president, it suggests a lot of surprises might be still on the cards.

Meanwhile, when asked to the Barca’s manager if the team got the replacement of Andres Iniesta, Valverde said,

“We are never going to find another Andres Iniesta, that’s impossible because there is only one and he is in Japan. I don’t think about signings. I think about my team and preparing for the next match. That’s my plan, although everything is up in the air until the window closes.”

Barcelona’s La Liga campaign will begin on 19th August when they will take on Alaves at home.

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