BACK TO AJAX
Manchester United’s Daley Blind is reportedly set for a move back to his former club Ajax after reportedly growing frustrated at life under Jose Mourinho. Blind has found himself in and out of the first team and has made just 16 starts in the Premier League this campaign. He was a regular under Louis van Gaal but this campaign has seen Blind fall behind the likes of Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian for the left-back spot. Ajax are prepared to welcome him back should he make to decision to leave. A decision is due as Blind’s contract is up at the end of next season.
ONE CALL AWAY
Jose Mourinho has reportedly made a phone call to Alexis Sanchez over a possible move to Old Trafford in the summer. Sanchez is attracting interest from after reportedly turning down a new contract at Arsenal. The Chilean International is a target for Premier League leaders Chelsea and PSG across the channel. Now the Chilean TV Show ‘El Show de Prensafutbol’ has claimed the wantaway star has been contacted by both Pep Guardiola and Mourinho.
BEING A RED
Luke Shaw has vowed to ‘fight to the last’ to show that Jose Mourinho that his place is in the Old Trafford starting XI. The English left-back has thanked fans for not turning their backs on him even in the face of criticism from Jose Mourinho. Mourinho first questioned his commitment levels before suggesting that Shaw was playing with ‘his (Shaw) body with my (Jose) brain’. The former Southampton man admitted that it has been hard for to him to take all the criticism but promised to fight and change Mourinho’s views of him and secure a future down the left.
UP FOR EXTENSION
Manchester United are reportedly set to offer Michael Carrick a new one-year extension to his current contract after managing to impress Jose Mourinho. Carrick’s contract is set to run out at the end of the season. Talks are reportedly underway and both parties are hopeful of a positive conclusion that will enable him to extend his 11-year stay at the club. Carrick has grown in stature since making his first PL appearance in November and has become a vital part of Mourinho’s plans.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that he is still adjusting to the demands of the Premier League after a enjoying a mixed campaign in his first season. He has been criticised by his manager a few times and was benched because of his below par performance against West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday. When asked by United Review if he feels he has fully adapted since his move from Borussia Dortmund, he said,” No, not yet. I still have places where I can improve and room to improve. I know myself very well and I am sure that I can do better, and I will do better because I am confident.” The Stretford End faithful will be hoping that he rediscovers his Magic touch before the crunch clash in the Europa and the visit of Chelsea.