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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 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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jose Mourinho returns to face Chelsea, Manchester City's Southampton test

The ESPN FC crew have little faith in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte sending their squads out to attack on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho returns to former club Chelsea with Manchester United on Sunday having struggled to break down Liverpool in the 0-0 draw at Anfield, but seeing his side score four against Feyenoord.

Arsenal are flying high after their demolition of Ludogorets, which was their seventh win in a row in all competitions, and will hope add to that streak against struggling Middlesbrough, while leaders Manchester City take on Southampton hoping to get back on track after their humbling at Barcelona.


Jose Mourinho leads Man United into Stamford Bridge; MLS Decision Day

The ESPN FC crew have little faith in Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte sending their squads out to attack on Sunday.

Ahead of a busy weekend of football worldwide, the ESPN Stats & Information team break down five storylines to follow on Saturday and Sunday.

1. Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho makes his first trip back to his former club Chelsea after being fired in December of last year. Chelsea have not lost against Manchester United in the last 10 meetings in all competitions (since October 2012). That same morning, Manchester City, winless in their last four games after winning their first 10 games...

Paul Pogba leads by example as Man United thrash Fenerbahce 4-1

Pogba scored two of United's four and Robin van Persie scored Fenerbahce's consolation goal in his return to Old Trafford.
Manchester United's Jose Mourinho explains why Paul Pogba took the first penalty and Anthony Martial the second.

Manchester United had hardly set the world alight in the Europa League ahead of Thursday night's game against Fenerbahce. There was probably greater anticipation from the fans for the return of Robin van Persie, the player who had been integral to their 20th and last title win, than there was for the game.

It was probably no surprise then that Van Persie's goal was cheered by all four stands in United's 4-1 victory. But in the end, it was Paul Pogba who stole the show with two first half goals...