MANCHESTER, England — Jose Mourinho claimed Manchester United continue to “shoot” themselves in their bid to claw their way back into the top four after the draw with Arsenal.
Mourinho’s side put in a much improved performance to earn a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday night but the Portuguese coach insisted his team are not making things easy for themselves after conceding their 24th and 25th goals of the season thanks to mistakes from David De Gea and Marcos Rojo.
“We scored four goals and we drew 2-2, but we score four goals and even in matches like today where we play well we always shoot ourselves,” Mourinho told a news conference.
“Sometimes we miss chances with an open goal, other times it is defensive mistakes, but we had a fantastic spirit and good performances.”
Mourinho, who dropped Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku to the bench, was especially pleased with Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot, who started as part of a five-man defence despite making a combined five Premier League starts before kickoff.
“Maybe we feel frustrated with the result, frustrated with some mistakes,” said Mourinho.
“But we have to be happy with the spirit, the effort, the dynamic, the intensity, the understanding of our difficulties.
“Behind was a kid with a first start [Dalot], was Eric [Bailly] — half injured — and without playing for a long time, was [Chris] Smalling injured, I have to say injured, was Marcos Rojo in the first minute of the season, was Darmian with a third start.
“So difficult circumstances and the team as a team had a very good response.”
After appearing to criticise Pogba following the draw at Southampton, Mourinho omitted the Frenchman from his starting XI against Arsenal along with Lukaku.
The Belgian came on to play a part in Jesse Lingard’s equaliser — just seconds after Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal 2-1 up — while Pogba earned praise from his manager for his performance in the last 15 minutes.
“I think Paul played well,” said Mourinho. “The 15 minutes he was on he played well. I think Paul came on and gave a good contribution and brought freshness and power and different qualities to the attacking players.”
Dhoni could be ‘exposed’ by Yuvraj’s dad after World Cup
Mumbai: Father of recently retired former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, Yograj has struck again, and all the signs point toward former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
While the cricketer is busy preparing for India’s next clash against Pakistan on Sunday after rain played spoilsport on the much-hyped India-New Zealand clash, a recent video of Yograj has surfaced where he speaks about an ‘un-named’ player who is responsible for the ‘dirty politics’ in the Indian cricket team.
Yograj further goes on to state that this player is the reason that many players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and his own son Yuvraj Singh were not included in the Indian team at crucial points in time.
While Yograj didn’t reveal much about the player he talks about, he did mention that he’d make the complete revelations after the currently ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Based on earlier allegations by Yograj, who was also a former pace bowler, towards then Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, It seems pretty evident that he is speaking of ‘Captain Cool’.
“I don’t want to take his name but he has been playing these dirty politics from the last 15 years. He has made lives difficult for Indian cricketers. I will make this revelation after the World Cup gets over. He will remember this for life that someone said something about him,” said Yograj.
“I don’t want to speak about him at this point in time because I don’t want the team to get affected during the World Cup,” he added.
FIFA Rankings: India unmoved at 101
London: The Indian national team remain unmoved in the June 2019 edition of the FIFA Rankings released.
Following India’s exit from the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup, India have had a change in coach with Igor Stimac replacing Stephen Constantine.
Under Stimac, India recently participated in the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand where a 3-1 defeat against Curacao (79) was backed by a 1-0 win over hosts Thailand (116) in the third-place play-off.
GFX India FIFA Rankings June 2019
The Blue Tigers are set to face Tajikistan (120), DPR Korea (122) and Syria (85) in the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2019 next. India enter the tournament as defending champions.
Meanwhile, in the global standings, Belgium continue to lead at the top having bettered their advantage over second-placed France who also stay put in their position, the same as Brazil and England at third and fourth spots respectively.
2019 UEFA Nations League champions Portugal have displaced Croatia to stand fifth while Spain (7) has gained two places. Germany (11 – tied with Argentina), Italy and Netherlands (both at 14) have also moved two places up.
Coutinho brace helps Brazil forget Neymar in winning Copa start
Sao Paulo: A brace from Philippe Coutinho handed hosts Brazil a winning start to the Copa America in a 3-0 victory over Bolivia as the absence of superstar Neymar was quickly forgotten.
Barcelona’s Coutinho scored from the penalty spot early in the second half and added a close-range header three minutes later.
Substitute Everton netted a sensational third five minutes from time to clinch a Group A victory for coach Tite’s tournament favorites in Sao Paul.
The build-up to the competition had been dominated by Neymar’s woes, firstly when he was accused of rape by a Brazilian model, and then when he damaged ankle ligaments in a friendly last week, forcing him out of the Copa.
If Brazil’s first-half performance was anything to go by, the Paris Saint-Germain star was sorely missed, but Coutinho’s brace at least silenced the jeers that met the team at half-time.
“Whistles are part of the game, the fans want us to win and play well, so that’s why they jeer,” said the match-winner, whose goals papered over the cracks of an at times disjointed performance.
“We always want their support but we’re focused on the objective, which is the match,” Coutinho told Brazil’s SportTV.
“Whistles or cheers, the important thing is to stay focused and get the win.” Brazil made a bright start and predictably dominated the early possession and chances
But surprisingly their greatest threat came from set-pieces with Coutinho’s corner delivery causing panic in the Bolivian backline.