Zlatan arrives at training ahead of Liverpool clash
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was snapped by photographers entering Carrington for training ahead of the Liverpool game. The 36-year-old has been using United’s facilities sparingly for his recovery, and last week former United striker Andy Cole posted a picture with Zlatan in the gym at Carrington. However, he seems to have stepped up his recovery, and is attending training alongside his teammates, in what will be a boost to Jose Mourinho as United’s fixture list begins to get crowded, especially after the next international break.
Mata turns down lucrative contract from the Chinese Super League
Both the Mirror and the Daily Mail are reporting that Juan Mata was approached with a lucrative offer from the Chinese Super League, but he turned it down, instead wishing to stay at Manchester United. The Spaniard has a year remaining on his current deal, but United have the option to extend it till 2019.
Mata invites slum kids from Mumbai to Old Trafford
While these rumours about Juan Mata were doing the rounds, the Spaniard was busy giving a guided tour of Old Trafford to a number of youngsters from the slums of Mumbai. Mata had visited Mumbai earlier this year, as part of his work with the Oscar Foundation, where he visited a slum and helped support an education class, alongside a football skills workshop. A lucky few of those kids he met were flown into Manchester to meet the Spanish midfielder, and he posted a number of photos and videos with the kids pitchside, in the dugout and in the home dressing room on his social media accounts. He also unveiled an exhibition which had a number of the photographs he took while on his trip to India, where the kids were also introduced to United midfielders past and present, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera.
Jose says Fellaini injury is not a problem, trusts every player
In an interview with MUTV in the lead-up to Saturday’s game, Jose Mourinho said that the injury to Marouane Fellaini is “no problem,” and that he trusts all his players to come in and perform. He also said that the game at Anfield is not more important than others, it is “just a match” and that “it’s three points.” He said, “When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important. You cannot look at some matches as cup finals and other matches differently. For me, every match is a cup final and I’ve been like this all the time.”