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Captain Paul Pogba ensures he stands out from the crowd with commanding display

Considering Jose Mourinho appeared to be engaging in a policy of calculated moroseness during pre-season, his first team sheet of the season was decorated in olive branches.

Awarding the captaincy to Paul Pogba was a demand for responsibility, an order for the captivating midfielder to merge finesse with the discipline of the France jersey rather than laissez-faire approach in United’s.

Moses Simon completes Levante switch

Levante have signed Moses Simon from KAA Gent on a five-year deal, the Spanish side confirmed on Monday.

The Granotas revealed the deal on their official website, with the Nigeria international moving to La Liga for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old was entering the final year of his contract with Gent, with whom he won the Belgian title in 2015, and his fine form in the Jupiler League had reportedly attracted interest from Liverpool.

Before moving to Belgium, he represented Slovak side AS Trencin for a year, and made his Nigeria debut in 2015.

Willian openly admits he wants to play for Mourinho again

Chelsea winger Willian has admitted his admiration for former manager and current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, and while he has a contract with Chelsea through the summer of 2020, he’s hoping to team up with his former gaffer in the future.

“Mourinho is the best manager I’ve ever worked with,” Willian told ESPN Brasil. “We have a good relationship, we are friends. Sometimes we talk, we text, we send messages to each other via WhatsApp. He is a great manager, I really enjoyed working with him. I hope I can work with him again someday.”

Tanzania appoints Nigeria’s ex-winger, Amuneke, as head coach

Tanzania has appointed Nigeria’s  former winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, as the new head coach of the national team.

  Amuneke, who was most recently coach of Sudan Premier League side Al Khartoum SC, has signed a two-year contract.

  "I am happy to start this new job and work hard so that we can achieve a lot together," Amuneke told local media.

  His first competitive game in charge of the senior Taifa Stars will be their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uganda in September.

Man United: Mourinho begs World Cup players for 'help'

Jose Mourinho has called on Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku to speed up their comebacks from post-World Cup holidays to "help" Manchester United when they kick off their Premier League campaign against Leicester on Friday.

The Portuguese coach welcomed back Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof for the 1-0 friendly defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday -- United's last dress rehearsal before the start of the season.

Real Madrid players call Man Utd keeper 'Karius' in jibe at troubled Liverpool keeper

David De Gea will be pleased to be back in a Manchester United shirt after a difficult summer for Spain.
The 27-year-old is widely regarded as one of the top three goalkeepers in the world, but did not cover himself in glory at the World Cup, with a high-profile mistake against Portugal attracting plenty of criticism in his home country.
And prior to the pre-season friendly between United and Real Madrid, Spanish team-mate Marco Asensio was quick to poke fun at De Gea after his summer mishap.

Man Utd 2-1 Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho unsure when Anthony Martial will return

By BBC

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he "doesn't know" when forward Anthony Martial will link up with the squad after his side beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the International Champions Cup.

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera earned United a first 90-minute win of their United States trip, but they had to do without Martial in Miami after he left the tour last week to be at the birth of his daughter.

  Mourinho questioned why the France international did not return for Saturday's 4-1 defeat by Liverpool.

World Cup players’ health at risk

 Global footballers' union, FIFPro, says that at least 15 World Cup players have taken part in UEFA club competitions less than four weeks after returning from Russia, giving them an insufficient close season break.

  The union reiterated its call for a mandatory rest period of at least four weeks between the final game of one season and the start of pre-season training for the next.

  "Players are coming under too much pressure, caught between the needs of their clubs and their own personal well-being," said the union in a statement.

Chelsea offer new contract, club record wages to N’Golo Kanté — report

Chelsea have offered a contract extension worth “nearly” £290,000 a week to N’Golo Kanté, according to Gary Jacob in an exclusive for The Times.
The new contract, which would tie Kanté to Chelsea for another five years, would more than double his current wages and make him the highest paid player in club history.
Nothing less would be deserved.

Jose Mourinho frustrated by Manchester United injuries, lack of signings

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed his frustration at a lack of new signings and a lengthening injury list after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Liverpool in Michigan.

  Mourinho questioned why he is still waiting for a new arrival -- sources have told ESPN FC that it is a centre-back -- despite handing in a list of five targets "a few months ago."

  He said Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw have been added to his injury list while revealing that Nemanja Matic has undergone surgery for a mystery problem and could miss the start of the season.

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