Courtois: Chelsea couldn't stop Nemanja Matic from leaving
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has insisted that the Blues had no other choice than to sell Nemanja Matic during last summer's transfer window. The Serbia international was an influential player for the Blues during their Premier League triumph last term.
Matic's future had made up his mind to join Manchester United early in the summer, and Courtois feels there is noting the Blues could have done to keep him at the club, he told the Independent, "That’s not my decision to make. Those are questions you need to ask to the people who made that happen. If a player nowadays wants to go to a team, then he has – I don’t want to say the power – but if he has a strong will to leave and join another team then it is hard for the club. You cannot just ignore him and say ‘you cannot leave’ because then you have a disappointed player who won’t play at his best."
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With 12 English Premier League matches having been played so far, the top tier football league of England is almost reaching it’s midpoint. At this point in time, Manchester City have enjoyed a far more positive start to the season than any other club with no defeats and 11 triumphs out of the 12 opening league matches.
Despite this superb kick-off that Manchester City are going through, it’s still too early to decide which club will emerge as the champions of England.
Jose Mourinho unperturbed by Manchester City's progress
Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is not focused on after Manchester United moved level with their cross-city rivals.
The Red Devils trounced Everton by a 4-0 scoreline at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon and thereby continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
Antonio Valencia opened the scoring with a thunderous effort after just four minutes into the game, and the result remained the same until half-time. Everton tried to level the scores with efforts from both Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson but David de Gea was on guard as he secured his 100th clean sheet in the United shirt.
Manchester United not guaranteed a top-four spot - Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stressed that the Red Devils are far from guarantee a top-four spot despite their strong start to the Premier League season.
The Red Devils have racked six wins from the opening seven outings, and this has placed them second in the standings with 19 points - behind only Manchester City on goal difference.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy Impressed by Romelu Lukaku at United
Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy claims that he is left impressed by the early form shown by Romelu Lukaku since making the £ 75 million transfer from Everton.
Lukaku was the big money purchase of the summer for Manchester United, as the club were able to sign the Belgian international under the noses of Chelsea. The fee could rise to up to £ 90 million making him the most expensive acquisition for Manchester United, although he will not be the after Neymar recently completed a stunning £ 196 million move to Paris St Germain.
Ander Herrera feels Good Again following Injury Return
Spain international Ander Herrera admits that he is back to full fitness after having recovered from the minor rib injury sustained during Manchester United's friendly against Real Madrid in July.
Herrera was subbed off just six minutes into in his second half appearance against the European champions, and Jose Mourinho initially had doubts that the injury could be much more serious.
MOURINHO HOLDS THE ACES
Former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed that Jose Mourinho was an important factor in his move to Manchester United. Indeed the former Chelsea player won the league under Mourinho when the pair was at Chelsea and said that he would be looking for more with Manchester United.
Nemanja Matic said that Jose Mourinho was the main reason that he accepted the move to Manchester United as he enjoyed working under the Portuguese manager during his time at Chelsea. He said that it was him that brought him from Benfica and this is why he accepted to work under him against at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho guarantees David de Gea's stay next season
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has assured that star goalkeeper David de Gea will remain at Old Trafford despite the continuous link with Real Madrid.
The Spain international has been a consistent performer for the Red Devils, and his performances have earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year for the last three years running.
Manchester United boss discusses club's interest in Alvaro Morata
Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has revealed that the club could not reach an economic agreement with Real Madrid in order to sign Alvaro Morata this summer.
The Red Devils had tabled a £60m bid for the Spain international, but the offer was deemed to be short of Real Madrid's £78m valuation.
Manchester United step up interest in Portugal International
Manchester United have revived their pursuit of Benfica’s Nelson Semedo amid the uncertainty of Matteo Darmian’s future at Old Trafford.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is keen to shore up the right-back position this summer after the club were overly dependent on Antonio Valencia last term.