Man United applies to form club’s first women’s team; Man United applies to form club’s first women’s team; Rojo’s reaction to Sanchez joining Man Utd was priceless; Mourinho’s feud with Paul Pogba takes another bizarre twist . . .
Manchester United apply to establish professional women’s team
LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United have applied to the Football Association to establish a professional team in the second tier of the Women’s Super League, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.
Photo: Manchester United executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward
United have been widely criticized for not having an adult women’s team with many leading English clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all running sides in Super League One.
“We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first ever professional women’s team,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.
“The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top level football within the club.”
Man United applies to form club’s first women’s team
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has applied to set up a professional women’s team for the first time in the club’s history.
If the English Football Association accepts the request, United would enter its team in the second tier of the Women’s Super League.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, says the women’s team “must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team.”
Rojo’s reaction to Sanchez joining Man Utd was priceless
Marcos Rojo is telling some interesting tales this international break.
Speaking to an Argentine publication while on duty, the Manchester United defender shared a number of interesting tidbits.
Photo: Alexis Sanchez & Marcos Rojo
The Argentine on learning that Chilean superstar and Premier League rival Alexis Sanchez was traded Arsenal red for the same hue at United had things to say.
Speaking to an Argentine publication: From TYC Sports, translated by The Mirror, Rojo said Sanchez has turned out to be a lovely guy, but that doesn’t change his initial shock at the news.
“Every time we came up against one another, whether in internationals or when United played Arsenal, I would give him a good kicking – and he did the same to me. “On top of that I used to insult him, and he would reply in kind. So when I learned that he was going to join United I said: ‘Oh, ******* hell, no, now this guy’s going to be here’ ”
— Marcos Rojo
Mourinho’s feud with Paul Pogba takes another bizarre twist
It looked like an innocuous, friendly exchange between a Manchester United player and his sullen manager but it appears Jose Mourinho did not take lightly to Paul Pogba’s handshake on live TV.
The £89m Premier League record signing interrupted Mourinho’s post-match interview with Match of the Day after his side’s 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford in which the French midfielder missed through injury.
Photo: Paul Pogba & Jose Mourinho
Pogba leaned in while the Special One was answering questions to shake his manager’s hand in an apparent public show of solidarity between the two.
Questions had been asked about the relationship between the French playmaker and the United boss after losing his place in the team amid reports of a training ground bust-up, with Pogba angry at being played out of position.
And now it seems the handshake did nothing to repair that relationship as Pogba has not started either game since, despite being fit. He was ready to face Sevilla last Tuesday and Brighton but started both games on the bench.
Mourinho appeared to laugh off Pogba’s interruption but behind closed doors is reportedly furious with the midfielder, according to The Sun, putting further strain on the pair’s relationship.
He believes the interruption was disrespectful and is the latest outburst from the famously frosty manager; adding to last week’s 12-minute rant about his team’s exit from the Champions League.
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