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Trending: Mourinho hits back at 'Einsteins'

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...

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Nothing concrete in Orbelin Pineda-Manchester City rumours - Almeyda

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Orbelin Pineda has played an integral role for Mattias Almeyda and Chivas this season.

GUADALAJARA -- Chivas coach Matias Almeyda has denied there is anything concrete to stories linking midfielder Orbelin Pineda to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and other teams in Europe. But he isn't surprised the 20-year-old, already a full Mexico international, is receiving such attention.

"I heard something, but nothing firm has come in to me," Almeyda said after Chivas' 1-0 Copa MX win over Alebrijes de Oaxaca on Wednesday, responding to a question from ESPN FC. "It's normal that Orbelin...

Man City and Pep Guardiola keeping tabs on Dortmund's Julian Weigl

Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson discuss Mesut Ozil and whether Arsenal should splash cash for their midfield talisman.
Pep Guardiola reportedly has been an admirer of Julian Weigl since he was Bayern Munich manager.

The transfer window might be shut, but don't think the wheeling and dealing won't continue! Check out all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: City eye Weigl; Kompany doubts?

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl has been making waves with a series of outstanding performances in recent months, and his form has not gone unnoticed by Pep Guardiola.

The Sun reports that Guardiola -- who it says had been "keeping tabs" on Weigl while coaching Bayern Munich -- is interested in bringing him to Manchester...

Vincent Kompany not included in Man City squad vs. Barcelona - De Bruyne

Pep Guardiola says he saw an open match between Barcelona and Manchester City before Claudio Bravo was sent off.

BARCELONA -- Vincent Kompany didn't make the substitutes' bench for Manchester City's Champions League clash with Barcelona despite being able to play.

Kompany travelled with the first-team squad but wasn't in the team or among the subs for Wednesday's 4-0 defeat at the Nou Camp.

The City captain was used a makeshift striker in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Everton but was left out of the 18 for Barca, with young full-back Pablo Maffeo on the bench instead.

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Kompany has just played twice this season...

Inter Milan mulling move for Man City's Pablo Zabaleta - sources

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

Inter Milan are considering making a move for Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta in January, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Italian club sent a delegation to City's Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday night to watch the Argentina defender.

However, Zabaleta, who was City's captain on the night, lasted just 57 minutes before being taken off with an injury.

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The 31-year-old is one of a number of City's players whose contracts run out at the end of the season.

But Inter are understood...