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Jose Mourinho “frustrated” with lack of Man United signings

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A report from the Guardian states that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is “unhappy” with the lack of transfer deals completed this summer by the Red Devils.

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So far just one new player has arrived with Swedish defender Viktor Lindelof joining for $39.8 million from Benfica.

Per the report, Mourinho isn’t happy that deals for Alvaro Morata and Nemanja Matic haven’t been sorted before United head to the U.S. for their 2017 preseason tour.

United’s tour starts this Sunday as the squad fly out for a six-day training camp in Los Angeles ahead of friendlies against LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Mourinho had wanted four key signings to arrive ahead of the 2017 preseason but it now appears that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will not deliver any new players before United’s preseason tour begins, despite Mourinho handing him his “list” of potential new players in May.

It is clear that United needed to add quality throughout the spine of their team with the addition of a center back, central midfielder and a central striker key.

The fact that Mourinho has only got one of those areas sorted will be a concern as the Red Devils aim to make a splash on their return to the UEFA Champions League, plus mount a Premier League title push.

This may just be Mourinho’s way of politely giving Woodward a gentle kick up the backside ahead of a huge season at Old Trafford. Reports of Woodward flying to New Zealand at the weekend to watch the British & Irish Lions rugby side beat the All Blacks are also said to have annoyed Mourinho and some of his staff.

With just over a month until the new PL season begins, you can understand why Mourinho would be a little concerned. When you look back to his title-winning season at Chelsea in 2014-15, deals for Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were all done early so they could be integrated into the team.

Usually having your squad settled heading into the start of preseason provides the best results for the upcoming campaign. Mourinho and United may have to play a waiting game for Morata and Matic and that is far from ideal. United know where they need to strengthen but everybody else knows just how much cash they have and perhaps striking good deals for the club is Woodward’s biggest problem.

MLS Playoff bracket, dates set: Chicago, Vancouver host Tues.

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Major League Soccer’s playoff bracket is set. Our staff predictions are coming Tuesday before the first round match-ups, but here’s what we’ll be watching…

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The chase begins with Chicago and the Red Bulls, and San Jose heading to Vancouver. The Quakes drew the ‘Caps just over a week ago, on Oct. 15.

First round
(E3) Chicago vs. (E6) New York Red Bulls — 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday
(W3) Vancouver vs. (W6) San Jose — 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday
(E4) Atlanta vs. (E5) Columbus — 7 p.m. ET Wednesday
(W4) Houston vs. (W5) Sporting KC — 9:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

Conference semifinals
(W1) Portland vs.  San Jose, Houston, or Sporting KC
(W2) Seattle vs. Houston, Sporting KC, or Vancouver
(E1) Toronto vs. New York Red Bulls, Atlanta, or Columbus
(E2) New York City vs. Atlanta, Columbus, or Chicago

Conference finals
Eastern Conference — Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 or 29
Western Conference — Nov. 21 and Nov. 30

MLS Cup Final
At finalist with best record — 4 p.m. ET Dec. 9

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Who will replace Koeman at Everton?

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Where will Everton turn in search of their next manager?

U23s coach David Unsworth is the front-runner to take over, according to several betting sites — not that we’d partake in such madness — and the 44-year-old boasts 312 career appaearances for the Toffees.

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As for who else could be in frame for the gig, there are names (quite) familiar and new.

David Moyes — This one is an eyebrow-raiser, as Moyes has had little if any success since leaving Everton and ended his time at Sunderland with a sexist takedown of a journalist. But the 54-year-old Scot spent more than 11 years at Everton before leaving for Manchester United, and it’s not like the Toffees wanted him to skip town. He was thrice League Manager of the Year at Goodison Park.

Sean Dyche — The Burnley boss has overachieved time and again at Turf Moor, and the Clarets are one of the smallest outfits the Premier League has ever seen. A move to Everton could be a big and safe enough step to warrant his affection.

Carlo Ancelotti — He’s said he’s not returning to a manager’s seat this season, but the Italian may relish the chance to take a skillful team and organize it into its rightful potential. And we think he’s do a magnificent job.

Chris Coleman — He’s waffled on staying in his position at Wales, and the club’s absence from this summer’s World Cup must have him eyeing the club scene. He’s hasn’t led a club since 2012, having led AEL, Coventry City, Real Sociedad, and Fulham.

Phil Neville — The Manchester United and Everton playing legend doesn’t have first chair experience, but may be able to rally the troops. His latest stint was as an assistant in brother Gary’s tough, short campaign at Valencia.

Although… his recent prediction record isn’t hot.

Longshots: Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique, Eddie Howe, Thomas Tuchel, Sam Allardyce, Manuel Pellegrini, Frank De Boer.

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Three seriously injured, 120 detained in Bruges hooligan riot

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BRUSSELS (AP) Authorities are investigating a hooligan riot which seriously injured three people and forced Brugge police to detain 120 following the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp.

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Local police chief Dirk Van Nuffel says one policeman was among the seriously wounded as authorities sought to contain a brawl between Belgian fans reinforced by others who had come from the Netherlands.

By Monday morning all were released but investigators were still seeking to see who was at the core of the fighting. Van Nuffel says such hooligan fighting “hadn’t been seen for years.”

Everton fires Ronald Koeman

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A 5-2 home loss versus Arsenal sent Everton into the Premier League drop zone, and that’s apparently a bridge too far for the Toffees when it comes to their managerial position.

Ronald Koeman is out at Goodison Park.

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Everton sits 18th in the Premier League with eight points, it’s minus-11 goal differential second-worst in the top flight. Its 18 goals conceded are third-worst, and only three clubs have scored fewer goals than its seven.

The Toffees won two rounds in the Europa League, beating Ružomberok and Hajduk Split, but have lost to Atalanta and Lyon while drawing Apollon Limassol in Group E play.

Everton faces Chelsea in League Cup play on Wednesday before a critical early season match at Leicester City on Sunday.

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