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Mourinho hits out as new Man United contract discussed

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It appears Jose Mourinho is in talks about extending his stay at Manchester United, but the Portuguese coach was far from impressed about recent reports regarding his future.

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According to multiple outlets in the UK, Mourinho is discussing a new contract at Old Trafford with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2019.

However, Mourinho, 54, has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks and has called for more spending from United’s hierarchy to match Manchester City who are the runaway Premier League leaders. That lead to some reports suggesting Mourinho would walk away from Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Mourinho called that “garbage news” and was on the defensive when speaking to the media on Thursday ahead of United’s FA Cup third round clash against Derby County on Friday.

“If I am going to sign a new one it of course depends on the club but my commitment with the club is total. I see myself here [after three years]. It is just a question if the club all want and are happy with my contribution and want me to stay beyond the end of this contract. Yes, I want to stay,” Mourinho said.

Mourinho also spoke in more detail about the reports suggesting he will walk away from the club.

“Depends on what you want to know and what you want to speak about. If you want to speak about some news. I say garbage. I don’t find a better word to define the talk [about him walking away],” Mourinho said. “If you want to ask me directly, which I suppose you want, if I see myself next season in Manchester United, I say I see myself and as I told when I arrived, I am going to leave when the club wants me to leave. I have no intention to leave at all. I want to stay and to improve and bring the club to where it belongs. I want to stay.

“I still have a contract. I am in the middle of my contract. I am not in the last couple of months. My desire is to stay until the owners and the board is happy with my work. Speaking about my work and connecting my work to the garbage news is to say the worst thing anyone can do to myself. The worst thing somebody can do to me is to put one inch of doubt into my professionalism, my job, my players, my club, in every detail of my job. The garbage news affected me just on these aspects.”

Woah. Mourinho has come out swinging and he didn’t stop there.

It appears he couldn’t help himself at having a little dig at his fellow Premier League managers when asked if he still has the hunger to build a new team at United.

“Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means I have lost my passion?” Mourinho said. “I prefer the way I am doing it. Much better for my team and myself. You see it every day in the way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”

He couldn’t be talking about Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Antonio Conte, could he? Also, Mourinho’s antics on the sidelines in the past must come into question with his celebration at Old Trafford in 2004 when in charge of FC Porto, his run down the touchline when Chelsea beat PSG in 2014 and his actions in several Real Madrid v. Barcelona clashes…

Anyway, with Mourinho known to be someone who walks away from clubs after three seasons, he is approaching the time when things usually hit their peak. Last season United finished sixth in the Premier League after prioritizing the UEFA Europa League, which they won, to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season. They also added the League Cup for good measure and this season they sit in second place in the table but have a real battle on their hands to finish in the top four.

There has been progression but United’s style of play has been criticized and many of their big name players are yet to fully dominate games week in, week out.

The fact that United want Mourinho to remain at the club and Mourinho has come out fighting says a lot. It’s tough to see him not being at United next season. Now, will he be given the huge transfer funds he wants after already spending big in the past two years?

You get the feeling that is really what Mourinho wants.

Peru’s World Cup foes lobby to overturn Guerrero’s ban

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Following last week’s decision handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Peru captain and talisman Paolo Guerrero has been banned from the 2018 World Cup — at the age of 34, almost certainly his last opportunity to star on the world’s biggest stage.

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However, in the days since that decision, a number of Guerrero’s fellow professionals and World Cup stars — France and Denmark captains Hugo Lloris and Simon Kjaer, and Australia’s Mile Jedinak — have written to FIFA, on behalf of FIFPro, the world player union, in hopes of rendering Guerrero eligible to pay at next month’s tournament in Russia.

“We respectfully ask the Fifa Council to show compassion,” the trio wrote. “In our view it would be plainly wrong to exclude him from what should be a pinnacle of his career.”

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That Lloris, Kjaer and Jedinak are the players lobbying in favor of Guerrero is particularly notable given the fact that Peru will face France, Denmark and Australia in Group C.

Guerrero tested positive for cocaine late last year, after a tea he drank was tainted and triggered a fail drug test.

SKC, Crew SC play to 0-0 draw; VAR steals the show (again)

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KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The game in 100 words (or less): Nothing ruins a good game of soccer more than controversies involving the referee — and now that VAR is active within MLS, yet another failure of the video-review system to correct the most “clear and obvious” of wrong decisions. There is no longer any rhyme or reason in deciding whether or not to utilize what could be a very helpful tool. Check the third video further down this page to comprehend the absurdity of VAR in Sporting Kansas City’s 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew SC on Sunday. As for the actual soccer which was played, Tim Melia made one save to deny Gyasi Zardes with a point-blank header early in the first half, and a second to deny Zardes rom the penalty spot just before halftime. Despite being a back-and-forth affair between the league’s second- and third-place teams with a chance to take the lead in the Supporters’ Shield race, there were just six shots on target in total and genuine scoring chances were few and far between.

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Three moments that mattered

43′ — Zardes wins a PK, but Melia makes the save — Melia was responsible for giving away the penalty kick, and he more than made up for it by denying Zardes moments later.

45+6′ — Higuain puts studs into Espinoza, sees red — Originally not called a foul, changed to a red card following video review. On the softer side of red cards (just an opinion).

59′ — Martinez takes a swing at Sinovic, but no video review — At this point, it’s just time to disband the entire VAR experiment. It’s turned MLS into a clown show and an embarrassment. Signed, someone who was initially in favor of VAR, assuming MLS would utilize it properly.

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Man of the match: Tim Melia

Goalscorers: None

Rayo Vallecano win promotion back to La Liga

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MADRID (AP) Rayo Vallecano earned promotion to Spain’s top division after beating Lugo 1-0 in a second-tier league game on Sunday.

Alex Moreno’s goal for the hosts in the 40th minute sealed Rayo’s return to La Liga after two seasons away.

Huesca had already secured promotion last weekend with a 2-0 victory at Lugo.

The third team to move up will be the winner of a two-round playoff between the four teams that finish the season from third to sixth.

Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruna were all relegated from the top flight this season.

FOLLOW LIVE: West leaders SKC host East’s 2nd-best Crew SC

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KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City host Columbus Crew SC, the Eastern Conference’s second-place side, at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday with both sides capable of overtaking Atlanta United for top spot in the Supporters’ Shield race.

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Sporting KC, who are unbeaten in three straight and have lost just once since opening day (11 games), lead expansion side Los Angeles FC in the West. Meanwhile, Crew SC enter Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash unbeaten in their last six games (four wins) and trail the league leaders from Atlanta by a single point.

Hit the link above to follow along throughout the afternoon, and check back with PST for coverage after the final whistle.