United will soon be back in top four – Mour­inho

‘When you are there, which we are go­ing to be . . . you can feel it’

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER - Jamie Jack­son

Bournemouth v Manch­ester Utd you can look to the sit­u­a­tion at that mo­ment – also the in­juries, sus­pen­sion, form and then you can feel it. But in this mo­ment we are out­side the top four so the point is now to get the points we need to try and be in the end of De­cem­ber in a bet­ter po­si­tion than we are in now at this mo­ment. I think we will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion.”


Mour­inho pointed to the sched­ule as a fac­tor in United’s low po­si­tion. “The re­al­ity is that the way the fix­tures are com­ing some­times they have an in­flu­ence [at a par­tic­u­lar] mo­ment,” said the Por­tuguese.

“We had two fix­tures away – against Burn­ley and Wat­ford – now we have the same – Bournemouth [Satur­day] and Manch­ester City. We will have Ju­ven­tus [in the Cham­pi­ons League] away be­fore Manch­ester City, we will have Va­len­cia away be­fore Liver­pool.

“In this part of the sea­son we play away against pos­si­bly the three big­gest can­di­dates for the ti­tle – Liver­pool, Chelsea, Manch­ester City – so the cal­en­dar was not nice to us. But by the end of De­cem­ber, which is the end of the first half of the Premier League, we are not go­ing to be in the po­si­tion we are now, will be a bet­ter po­si­tion.”


Mean­while, United have launched a re­view into their se­cu­rity pro­to­cols after it emerged a pitch in­vader got into Old Traf­ford with two toy guns dur­ing last month’s Cham­pi­ons League game against Ju­ven­tus.

Shortly after play got un­der way dur­ing the hosts’ 1-0 de­feat by the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons, a fan ran across the pitch and was re­strained by stew­ards close to the play­ers.

Manch­ester United said the safety of fans was an “ab­so­lute pri­or­ity” for the club. “Car­ry­ing a chil­dren’s minia­ture plas­tic toy gun into a sta­dium is clearly an ex­tremely ir­re­spon­si­ble act,” said a spokesper­son.

“The se­cu­rity and safety of all fans is the ab­so­lute pri­or­ity, the club im­me­di­ately launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cir­cum­stances around this is­sue.”

An­to­nio Va­len­cia has a knee prob­lem and is un­avail­able for the Bournemouth game.

– Guardian aware of “nei­ther the ex­is­tence nor the con­tent” of the draft of the “bind­ing term sheet” and “as a mat­ter of pol­icy, does not com­ment on con­fi­den­tial dis­cus­sions”.

The 11 found­ing clubs, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, would regis­ter a com­pany in Spain to mar­ket, or­gan­ise and ex­e­cute the Euro­pean Su­per League un­der its full con­trol. The com­pe­ti­tion would have a group stage and a knock­out round.

The doc­u­ment also has a list of po­ten­tial own­er­ship stakes by the in­di­vid­ual clubs in the joint Euro­pean Su­per League com­pany, with Real Madrid hold­ing 18.77%, Barcelona 17.61% and Manch­ester United 12.58%.

Last year the Uefa pres­i­dent, Alek­sander Ce­ferin, ac­cused Europe’s top leagues of at­tempt­ing to “black­mail” the gov­ern­ing body and told lead­ing clubs he would never al­low the cre­ation of a Euro­pean su­per league. Ce­ferin ac­cused “some leagues” of try­ing to hold Uefa to ran­som and “some clubs” of ag­i­tat­ing for a closed su­per league.

“To some clubs, I shall say it calmly and dis­pas­sion­ately, but firmly and res­o­lutely: there will be no closed league. Quite sim­ply, that is not in line with our val­ues and ideals,” he said in 2017.

“We will never give in to the black­mail of those who think they can ma­nip­u­late small leagues or im­pose their will on the as­so­ci­a­tions be­cause they think they are all pow­er­ful on ac­count of the as­tro­nom­i­cal rev­enues they gen­er­ate.”

– Guardian

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