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‘Mourinho’s Utd the best since Ferguson’

first_imgManchester United Mourinho’s ‘terrifying’ Man Utd side are the best since Ferguson, says Saha Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 16:29 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ManUtd-cropped Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Stoke City v Manchester United José Mourinho The former Red Devils striker is expecting big things at Old Trafford, with the club’s class of 2017-18 chasing down more major honours Louis Saha believes Manchester United boast the best team since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge, describing Jose Mourinho’s men as “terrifying”.Iconic boss Ferguson guided United to their 20th league title – the 13th under his stewardship –  in 2012-13 but the Red Devils have struggled since, watching rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and even unheralded Leicester City lift the Premier League trophy.Man Utd 9/4 to win Premier League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, following underwhelming spells under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, United are starting to replicate teams of years gone by with Mourinho at the helm.After winning the Europa League and EFL Cup last term, United – boosted by the arrivals of Romelu Lukau and Nemanja Matic – have made a rampaging and flawless start to the season – winning their opening three matches, scoring 10 goals without conceding.”This is clearly the best side since United were playing for Ferguson,” former striker Saha – founder of Axis Stars, a social networking platform for players and coaches – told Omnisport.”More confident and clearly more balanced even if I think the defence needs more.”Mourinho is a great manager and he has built his team to compete and play the way United fans around the world are craving for.”Lukaku and Matic have made the seamless transition to Old Trafford after arriving in the off-season to reunite with Mourinho.Louis Saha Manchester United best since FergusonA £75 million signing from Everton, Lukaku has scored three goals in as many matches, while former Chelsea midfielder Matic has provided protection and grit to United’s starting XI, allowing Paul Pogba to flourish in a more advanced role.”I’m not surprised that they play like this as they did really well last season without playing that good but the basics were found back fairly soon by Mourinho,” said Saha, who won two Premier League titles and the Champions League during his four years at United.”This season is for me important [for] the adaptation of Lukaku and Matic. A player like [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan needs space and people offering him options, from that he will pick the right pass.”Signing Matic was important. He creates an element of security and confidence that bring the most talented players to express their quality going forward.”I think it’s great that Pogba can balance it as well and get this in his game. This United side will be terrifying.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ancelotti slams Bayern’s lack of intensity

first_imgBayern München Ancelotti slams Bayern for lack of intensity after Wolfsburg fightback Guy Atkinson Last updated 2 years ago 06:20 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) carlo ancelotti - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Bayern München v Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Bundesliga The manager was left to rue a poor second-half display as his side missed the chance to climb to the Bundesliga summit Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti cited his side’s lack of intensity after they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena on Friday.Bayern raced into a half-time lead thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Rafinha, who unwittingly deflected in Arjen Robben’s already goal-bound shot. Cologne 14/5 to beat Hannover Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The reigning Bundesliga champions were nothing like their fluent best and were made to pay for their sluggishness in the second half as efforts from Maximilian Arnold and Daniel Didavi earned Wolfsburg an unlikely point. Arnold’s goal came courtesy of a terrible mistake from replacement goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, but Ancelotti was quick to point out that whole team should take responsibility for the dropped points. “We did not play as we wanted,” he said. “We were slow, without intensity and not compact enough. “We did not have the game under control as usual, so the game went like this. Sven made a mistake, but the result is that we did not play well as a team.”[email protected]: “We didn’t play like we wanted to. Wolfsburg deserve their point.” #FCBWOB pic.twitter.com/jjjk5oHMuC— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 22, 2017The game marked Wolfsburg’s second under the guidance of Martin Schmidt following the sacking of Andries Jonker this week. And the new man explained that the stirring second-half comeback was thanks to the values instilled in the team by Jonker. Schmidt said: “If you are down to Bayern 2-0 and have a point at the end, you can drive home contentedly. “The point, the performance, the passion and the mentality, which we showed in the second half, belong to my predecessor, Andries Jonker.”last_img read more