Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho put on his football boots for the first time in a long time as he kitted up in the charity game for the victims of the Grenfell Tower. Replacing David James in goal, Mourinho immediately sprang into action with a strong punch. He was booked for time wasting and later converted a penalty as the game was undecided. Mourinho made a couple of sensational saves. Reports from Old Trafford indicate he is set to sign a player contract.
LEGENDS GAME RECAP
United Legends led by Ruud van Nistelrooy welcomed their Barcelona counterparts for the second leg at Old Trafford on Saturday. United raced into a two goal lead but were pegged back by the Barca. United had Ruud van Nistelrooy and Danny Webber of all people got onto the score sheet. Gaizka Mendetia and Luis Garcia scored for the Catalans. United edged the two legged tie 5-3 on aggregate after their 3-1 win at the Camp Nou earlier in the summer.
PEREIRA SIGNS NEW CONTRACT
Andreas Pereira signed a new contract after securing a loan move to Valencia for the season. Pereira put pen to paper on a new two-year deal which will keep him at United until at least 2019. The deal has the option of being extended for another season by United. Pereira said: “I am delighted that I have extended my contract with this great club. The manager is building a great team here and I want to be part of that as soon as possible.”
PERISIC’S ANTI UNITED CLAUSE
Inter Milan and Ivan Perisic are close to agreeing on a new deal for the Croatian. It is believed that there is an anti-United clause in the new deal. The clause states that United would have to shell out as much as £64m if they try to sign Perisic again next summer. United had targeted Perisic all summer but were reluctant to pay Inter’s asking price of £50m. It was expected United would return for Perisic next summer but Inter’s move may have put paid to Perisic’s hopes of joining United.
JONES PLAYS FOR THREE LIONS
Phil Jones was part of the starting lineup for England as they boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Jones who picked up an ankle niggle was expected to withdraw from the England squad but has returned to the International fold. Jones had a goal disallowed for pushing his marker but otherwise put in a solid performance. United youngsters Marcus Rashford came on in the second half and set up Kane’s goal with a sensational cross.