PEREIRA TO GO?
Spanish La Liga side Valencia are reportedly looking to sign Andreas Pereira on loan for the rest of the season. Pereira who spent the entirety of last campaign on loan at Granada in the La Liga was expected to shore up squad depth this season. His performances in pre-season were praised by Mourinho and pundits alike but after three competitive matches, the Brazilian is yet to make the bench even once. His was promised game time by Mourinho and might decide to stay and fight for his place in the team.
READY FOR THE PRESSURE
Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic has hit the ground running after a big money move north from London. He was instrumental in United’s victories against Swansea and West Ham and did not show the pressure of being such an expensive player. Matic said that like himself, the squad is ready to cope with the pressure of being title contenders and believes that the squad has the potential to achieve the goals and expectations set out at the start of the campaign.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has made an impressive start to life at Crystal Palace and put in impressive individual performances despite his side losing their opening two fixtures. Fosu-Mensah revealed that he is in direct communication with Jose Mourinho. Fosu-Mensah said that Mourinho talks to him to keep tabs on the player’s development and the pair talk to each other regularly. Fosu-Mensah’s development is being closely monitored by Mourinho and his team of assistants as he is considered to be one of the best players to come through the ranks in recent years.
TAKING THE JEERS ON THE CHIN
United fans noticed the Swansea faithful jeering and booing Rashford every time he got onto the ball on Saturday. Swansea fans thought that Rashford simulated to win a penalty in the fixture at Old Trafford towards the back end of last season. Even Mourinho noticed the jeering advised Rashford to not let it affect his game. Mourinho said: “I think he has to learn how to enjoy it. If he was a bad player, nobody would try to provoke him. They see the speed, the danger, and probably they think they can affect him.”
ROBERTO TO STAY AT BARCA
United were intermittently linked with Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto last season despite claims by his manager that he won’t leave the Catalan club. But after playing and scoring in his side’s League opener, the player revealed that he is not planning to leave. Roberto said: “I’m happy,” Roberto said. “[Against Real Madrid in the Super Cup] I was happy on a personal level and I felt comfortable today, too. I played in my favoured midfield position. I started at the Bernabeu and the coach has given me confidence. I’ve scored today and I want to be important. In pre-season, I wasn’t starting, but now in the official matches, I am playing more. I want to continue here and continue like this.”
Anthony Martial has had a stunning start to the season and already has 2 goals and an assist to his name despite seeing less than half an hour of action. Mourinho who was at times critical of the former Monaco forward attributed to the improved display to an increased professionalism from the player. Mourinho said: “His professional level has improved, he’s working much, much better, so we are happy. We have lots of hopes with him and obviously, he has to be happy now, and he can only improve.”