I’M STAYING AT MANCHESTER UNITED – ROONEY
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney addressed speculations about his future at Old Trafford by releasing the following statement:
“Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I’m grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United,” declared the Reds’ record goalscorer. I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.”
MANCHESTER UNITED CLOSE IN ON ANOTHER WEMBLEY LANDMARK
Manchester United will make the trip to Wembley Stadium for Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton. With the United-Southampton encounter on Sunday, United will also achieve a record-equalling feat.
Manchester United have made the trip to the Wembley on 48 occasions in the past, and Sunday’s cup final will see the United draw level with Arsenal, who have played at Wembley 49 times. The team with the third-highest amount of appearances at Wembley is Liverpool, with 38, while London clubs Tottenham and Chelsea have made 30 and 29 trips respectively.
Manchester United will be aiming to win the League Cup for a fifth time when Jose Mourinho’s men face Southampton at Wembley on Sunday, having last lifted the trophy in 2010.
MOURINHO’S VERDICT ON AS SAINT-ÉTIENNE WIN
Manchester United Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho offered his opinion on Wednesday’s Europa League victory over Saint-Étienne, as United progressed to the last 16 of the competition. Addressing reporters in his post-match press conference and in his interview with BT Sport, Mourinho discussed the result, United’s fine form and potential Round of 16 opponents:
A PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE
“Everything was under control. Solid, focused, professional. Obviously the first goal kills every hope, but we still like to win . . . ”
UPDATE ON MICKI AND CARRICK
“I think they are both out (of the final) but this is based on my experience, not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow . . . ”
BAILLY’S RED CARD
“Hamouma has good qualities but he enjoyed too much the diving and the simulation, so he gets in these situations. Eric can’t play the first match of the next round . . .”
“The pitch was okay; it’s easy to feel they tried their best to have the pitch in the best possible condition. It was playable and not dangerous . . . ”
“We are not unbeaten but the record is really good. It’s nice to have only one little defeat in four months, and a defeat where we could [afford] that defeat because it was over two legs . . . ”
ANY PREFERENCE FOR THE LAST 16?
“Not really. I am used to difficult draws. I think now 16 teams, strong teams, some of them coming from the Champions League. If I could choose, I would choose not to travel a lot because we have Chelsea in between . . . ”
CHELSEA CUP DATE CONFIRMED
“I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw in Europe because, in this moment, nobody knows who we play against, nor where the first and second matches are being played. We play Chelsea on Monday (March 13, 2017) . . . ”
DATE SET FOR QUARTER-FINAL DATE: CHELSEA V. MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, London, in the quarter-finals of The Emirates FA Cup on Monday 13 March, KO 19:45 GMT.
United booked a place in the last 8 of the competition with a comeback victory against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last Sunday. The hosts scored first but teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford, equalized, before substitute Swedish maestro, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, hit a away run winner in the second half.
The FA Cup quarter-final draw took place following the final whistle in Lancashire and Jose Mourinho’s men were duly paired with Chelsea (Mourinho’s ex-club), who won 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanders in the fifth round on Saturday.
It will be a (not really) memorable return for Jose Mourinho who was sacked by the Russian recluse businessman, billionaire, politician and owner of Chelsea – Roman Abramovich. What a matchup that will be with Mourinho in the United dugout and sideline at Stamford Bridge . . .