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Trending: Mourinho hits back at 'Einsteins'


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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Jose Mourinho hits back at 'Einsteins'; Inter eye Pablo Zabaleta

The ESPN FC crew have little faith in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte sending their squads out to attack on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba has not been discouraged, despite recent criticism of Man United's big-money signing.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

MAN UNITEDManchester United manager Jose Mourinho hit back at "Einsteins" after Paul Pogba scored twice in a 4-1 win over Fenerbahce on Thursday, saying that the critics would rapidly change their opinions.

- Michael Owen has questioned former teammate Wayne Rooney's decision to allow Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to take penalties.

- Howard Webb believes Jose Mourinho should be sanctioned by the Football Association for mind games over...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Will Henrikh Mkhitaryan get a second chance at Manchester United?

Jose Mourinho says Henrikh Mkhitaryan has to fight for his place in his squad after missing out against Fenerbahce.

On Tuesday, Chelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado scored Juventus' goal in their 1-0 Champions League win at Lyon. The following night, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola decided he preferred Kevin De Bruyne as a "false No. 9" to selecting star striker Sergio Aguero at Barcelona. On Thursday, Mohamed Salah was launched from the bench while Roma were pegged back by Austria Vienna to draw 3-3. All that followed Romelu Lukaku scoring Everton's goal in their 1-1 draw at City last Saturday.

It is not difficult...

 By Alex Crook

Southampton youth can take heart from Sam McQueen's rise under Puel

In the last meeting, Sadio Mane's hat trick paved the way in Southampton's 4-2 win over Man City.
Sam McQueen
Sam McQueen has taken his chance with both hands.

It was a brutal putdown designed to have maximum impact on the Southampton hierarchy and supporters alike. An unexpected sideswipe at the latest graduates of the club's highly-acclaimed youth academy, dished out by Ronald Koeman in the middle of an otherwise unspectacular news conference to a stunned audience.

"I wasn't impressed," said then-manager Koeman when asked for his assessment of a recent under-21 game he had watched January 2015. "I look to the development of young players and they still...

 By Simon Curtis

Manchester City need to shake off poor run and spectre of past history

Are Roma in pursuit of three City full-backs and can Guardiola afford to lose so many defenders?

The history of Manchester City has plenty of trials and tribulations. Up until a few years ago, the club was seen as one that would gleefully shoot itself in the foot whenever the opportunity arose. With the steady advance of time, however, things have begun to change. In fact, almost everything has changed at City.

With the succession from Mark Hughes, to Roberto Mancini, on through Manuel Pellegrini to Pep Guardiola in what used to be the very hottest of managerial hot seats, City's face and image...

Arsenal must remain focused among easier run of fixtures

Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson talk whether Arsenal have the team chemistry this year to win the League.

There are times when the Premier League's fixture list can seem like a stern headmaster: cruel, relentless, unforgiving and ready to give you kick up the backside at any moment. Other times it's more like a kindly aunt who knows you don't want an itchy knitted jumper for Christmas and gives you cash to spend on whatever you like instead.

October is Arsenal's lovely aunt, throwing up Burnley, Swansea, Ludogorets, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, with three of those five games at home. So far the Gunners...

 By Chris Wright

Sir Alex Ferguson applauds Robin van Persie goal at Old Trafford

A Paul Pogba first-half double helped Manchester United on their way to a 4-1 thrashing of Turkish side, Fenerbahce.

Thursday night saw Robin van Persie make a competitive return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving Manchester United somewhat reluctantly in the summer of 2015.

Indeed, Van Persie received a hero's welcome on the night despite his Fenerbahce team finding themselves on the wrong end of a rather comprehensive thrashing.

Still, the Dutch striker did eventually manage to muster a consolation, tapping home from close range in the 83rd minute to make the score 4-1 and thus preserving a crumb...