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Possible replacements for Jose Mourinho after 18/19 season

Jose in! Jose out!

The rumor mill has calmed down a bit over recent weeks with impressive wins and comebacks but may have started to get picked back up since over our recent defeat in the Manchester Derby, is it enough to sack Jose Mourinho? NO! not for me anyway. but many Man United fans are still screaming 'Mourinho out' while some are wanting the board to back him in January for transfer funds and deals. I, speaking for myself, am Mourhino in... that is until after this season is over. As i am not a fan of sacking managers during the midpoint of the season.

Here we will discuss possible managers who could replace Jose Mourinho after the 18-19 season.

1: Eddie Howe: Now this may not be a popular choice due to his name and the team he is currently managing (AFC Bournemouth) but lets look at what he has done to the players here and the team as a whole.  Howe has been a PL manager since the 15/16 season in which he gave Bournemouth promotion (14/15) managing them since 2012. H…

Manchester City vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Manchester City finished the last season with a record 100 points and the way their current campaign is going, it seems like they might actually break their own record. Considering how United's start to the campaign has been, many fans didn't expect much from this fixture but a series of impressive comeback wins, particularly the away win in Turin in the Champions League, gave a glimmer of hope to the United faithful. Whatever hope the United fans had before the Manchester Derby quickly evaporated as Paul Pogba was deemed injured and wasn't included in the lineup.

City took an early lead from David Silva but United held on for the half. A second-half goal from Aguero felt like a mountain too steep to climb but Martial's penalty did bring back the memories of that historic 3-2 comeback win in April of this year. In the end, Gundogan scored to make it 3-1 and wrap up the 3 points for the Cityzens.
Starting XI
De Gea, Young, Smalling, Shaw, Fellaini, Matic, Herrera, Marti…

The Resurgence of Luke Shaw

(sky At the start of the 2018/19 pre-season for Manchester United, there were many questions being asked from supporters about Luke Shaw. There were many different opinions on what will happen to Shaw and if he had a future at the football club. In the summer of 2014, the 23-year-old was signed by the Red Devils in a deal worth £30m, making him the most expensive teenager in football at the time. He was coming into the side with big expectations and big shoes to fill after the departure of Legendary full-back Patrice Evra. 
Luke Shaw is a member of Southampton’s youth academy, where he came through the ranks and made his first-team debut in January 2012. He continued to impress for the saints making a total of 60 appearances, with the most impressive displays coming under ex-manager Mauricio Pochettino. Shaw was also a regular for England under 21’s at the time, having represented England at every youth level. A step up to the main team came in March 2014, where his excellen…

Manchester City vs Manchester United Analysis

As I write this, I am having a very nasty headache. This is going to be a quiet period as we head to the international break. Normally after such a loss we need an immediate match to iron out our mistakes.
Well looking at it positively, the upcoming international break is an opportunity to heal from this loss. Hopefully Pogba can recover from his injury. It's time for players like Lukaku to rediscover their goal scoring form.
Now lets dive into the game. In all honesty, United posed a very little threat to the Man City side. They clearly dominated us and this is absurd. In my analysis of the Juventus Vs Utd game,  I mentioned that Utd needed to try as much as possible not to concede. This looked far from reality as we swallowed 3 goals, all from mistakes that could have been avoided.
Jose Mourinho, who was managing his 300th Premier League match, had a blow in the form of a Paul Pogba injury and United sorely missed his presence in midfield, with Pep Guardiola's men claimi…

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview It's almost time. Manchester United aim to continue their winning run as they travel across Manchester to the Ethiad Stadium for the Manchester Derby on Sunday. It's also a big game for Manchester City who are one of three sides that remain unbeaten in the Premier League, alongside Liverpool and Chelsea and a defeat could send them from first to third provided Chelsea and Liverpool win earlier that day. This fixture has provided so much drama, passion, excitement and goals, hopefully tomorrow will deliver similar results. 
Team news first; Marouane Fellaini made his return after a month out against Juventus and may start ahead of Nemanja Matic, who was relatively poor again for United and seems sluggish since suffering an injury just before the start of the season. Alexis Sanchez suffered a minor thigh injury against Juventus and is a doubt for the game and as is Paul Pogba, who missed training on Friday with a 'little injury&#…

Manchester Derby Combined XI

Manchester Derby Combined XI
The Manchester Derby is just around the corner and it couldn't be a bigger game for either side so far this season. A win for United should help them get back into their groove and challenge the other sides in the top six places especially since Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool will have already played by that point. The top two sides in the league last year have a lot of class between them and both sides fit nicely in a 4-1-2-3 formation and so this is how they will line up in this combined XI:
GOALKEEPER: DAVID DE GEA This has never been a difficult decision. Ederson is a good goalkeeper, there is no debating that. But David de Gea is the best in the world and saved United 19 points last season with his miraculous saves, most noteably against Liverpool, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Man City and he was pivotal in the miraculous away win against Juventus on Wednesday.
RIGHT BACK: KYLE WALKER Walker is an exceptional player and one of the best right bac…

Juventus Vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Manchester United have done what many will call an upset! Yes, Manchester United pulled off not only a massive victory against Italian giants Juventus, but they did it in typical Manchester United style! After falling behind due to a special goal by former Red Devil, Ronaldo, Man United stunned not only 'The Old Lady' but perhaps the whole country of Italy by completing a 2-1 comeback to absolutely steal all three points from Juventus in Turin.

At the refs final whistle of the match, Manchester United manager Jose Mourhino walked onto the pitch and cupped his ears, trolling in celebration while being crapped on for 90+ minutes. Seems fair for him to do something like that right? Mourhino will be Mourhino and for that I have decided to rate him a 10. Both tactics and drama were on point in Turin.

But the official player ratings are in and here is where the Red Devils stand after this famous Champions League fixture.

David DE GEA: 9
Other than conceding a half volley by Ronaldo …

Juventus vs Manchester United Analysis

A great result for the Red Devils. Manchester United have continued with their new found form of making great comebacks. Although this is not the ideal approach,  it is definitely a morale booster for us.
Given the way United started the season, winning games in injury time is a good indication of hope for what we expect in the future.
Manchester United started off fairly well as compared to the previous games. Obviously there is was improvement there. We have continued to concede many free kicks and corner kicks, although our defence of them has greatly improved. Juventus caused a lot of threat at our goal, but thanks to the heroics of the birthday boy, we kept them at bay.
Juventus scored first through Christiano Ronaldo and I credit the lads who recovered from it and held on until the end. Manchester United equalised through Juan Mata in the 86th minute, before killing it off with an own goal from Sandro in the 89th minute.
The win takes United to 7 points in the group, two be…

Juventus vs Manchester United Preview

Juventus vs Manchester United Preview After another comeback from Manchester United against Bournemouth, the Red Devils must now travel to Turin to face the Italian giants Juventus for the away fixture in the Champions League. United looked boring in the home game as Juventus narrowly won through an early Paulo Dybala strike. This game has to reward United with at least a point as Valencia are likely to win at home to Young Boys, which will send the Spanish side ahead of United if Jose Mourinho's side suffers a defeat in Turin. This could be a very open game and United will aim to score early and keep a first half clean sheet, something they have struggled to do all season. 
As for the team news; there is no certainty as to whether Valencia and Fellaini are fit to play, but they have returned to train with Manchester United ahead of the match in Turin. Romelu Lukaku was absent from today's training as question marks over his fitness and form continue. It looks almost certain …

Axel Tuanzebe: the Centre-back United need?

The on loan Manchester United defender is cutting his teeth at Aston Villa for the second consecutive season, hoping to break into the United first-team upon his return and show why he has the potential to be the centre-back that United boss Jose Mourinho is looking for. The England under 21 international has claimed a regular spot in the Villa back four over the past 8 months in his two loan spells, and he is showing why Jose Mourinho holds him in high regard and proving he does have the ability to be a United defender.
At the start of the season a lot of the Old Trafford faithful believed Tuanzebe could be part of the upcoming squad for the Red Devils and be given the opportunities to play, so when it was confirmed in August that he was going out on loan to Aston Villa again to play under then ex-United player Steve Bruce, there was much disappointment for United supporters. Axel Tuanzebe is regarded by many to be the most exciting prospect on the Unite…

Bournemouth vs Manchester United Player Ratings

The Comeback FC have done it again. For the past month or so, United have had the same story for every match day. The team starts with some mundane football, which is then followed by some atrocious defending which inevitably leads to a goal for the opposition. Had it been only this, the false reports in the media would have proven to be true. But then the real Jose Mourinho rises and his men completely turn the game on its head. The talk which he has with his troops is certainly one of a high motivational degree because Manchester United in the second half play like a team possessed and dare I say it, like Manchester United of old. 

Just like many games before this, United came down all guns blazing in the second half against Bournemouth. This time it seemed like the relentless pressing, wave after wave of attack and a surfeit of shots on goal would bear no fruit as the scoreline still read 1-1 when the clock hit 90 minutes. But Manchester United did what Manchester United do, an inju…

Bournemouth vs Manchester United Match Analysis

This game was just a continuation of the same old story where United come from behind to win a game. This is becoming the norm for Manchester United. Well ladies and gentlemen, this was our first back to back win in the premier league this season. (A round of applause)
Like many of the Manchester United fans out there, I am frustrated at our failure to keep clean sheets this season. David De Gea has been an anchor to keep out balls but his defence keeps frustrating. From yesterday's game, our defence is a major concern given that we have 2 important games before the international break. The defending in the first half was awful. We were lucky not to concede more than 1 goal at half time.
Apart from Fred and De Gea, no one was trying for Manchester United in the first half. The lack of urgency was frustrating as Bournemouth were the better team in the first half. They completely dominated us but thanks to De Gea, we managed to concede only one goal.
In the end, in order to chang…

What is up with Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku is a Manchester United striker who joined the Red Devils from Everton. He is Belgium’s top goal scorer at the tender age of 25.  

Over the past weeks Lukaku has come under heavy criticism for his play, managing to score only 4 goals from 14 appearances. This is in contrast to a player who last season managed to rack up 27 goals in 51 games, where the team finished second. His current form is also not indicative of the kind of player we saw at the World Cup this year in June. The question on many Red Devils lips is what happened?
Lukaku was born in Antwerp, Belgium to Congolese parents. He started playing football at an early age and seemed to stick to it. He was hailed as a power house in his early years due to his size and he started playing professionally at the age of 16.
He plied his trade at West Brom, Chelsea, Antwerp and Everton before joining the Red Devils in 2017. His first season was filled with goals and strong play. Many have questioned his first touch and bal…

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United Preview

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United Preview Anthony Martial starred last Sunday as Manchester United narrowly beat Everton at home 2-1 with goals from Pogba and Martial, sealing United the three points despite a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty with roughly 15 minutes to go. Now Manchester United must build on this win with a trip down to Bournemouth for Saturday lunchtime. This fixture has usually been an exciting affair with sixteen goals in the last six games and although Bournemouth have had some luck in December 2015 with a 2-1 victory against United in their debut season, Jose Mourinho has an unbeaten record as Manchester United manager against Bournemouth (W4, D1). This could be another exciting game with both teams aiming for three points and progress further up the table. 
While Manchester United's disappointing start has left them eighth after ten games and with only three clean sheets this season (Young Boys 0-3, Burnley 0-2 and Valencia 0-0) along with 20 goals conceded in a…

Three defensive signings Victor Lindelof could pair up with come January.

It has been reported by multiple sources that Manchester United and the board are supposedly ready to get behind Manager Jose Mourhino, handing him hundreds of millions in transfer budget to spend in the January transfer window. Although we are long way away from that time (depending on time you're reading this) who exactly could Jose go for in the January transfer market?

Although big name signings hardly happen during the winter, that doesn't mean it can't happen. After all, Manchester United did make the signing of Alexis Sanchez last winter. So who could the Red Devils sign this January?  Look no further to see the 3 defensive signings Manchester United could be looking at to possibly partner up with Victor Lindelof.

1: Nikola Milenkovic:
In case you may not know who Milenkovic is, let me get into detail. 
Nikola is 6ft 5in tall and is a giant in the back (something Man Utd could use in the back and set pieces.) 
Although still inexperienced, he played 3 games at the …