CONFIRMED: Jurgen Klopp had the ambition to manage Manchester United; while Manchester United legend set to take over at Oldham Athletic as head coach. Juan Mata tells Jose Mourinho to play him on his best position; while Gary Neville confirms Liverpool trip is United’s biggest game of the season.
5. Paul Scholes interviewed for Oldham Athletic job
Oldham Athletic have reportedly spoken to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes about the manager’s job at Boundary Park.
The League One club have been searching for a new coach since September 25 when John Sheridan was sacked.
Scholes, who grew up supporting Oldham, spoke to officials of the club this morning at an undisclosed location, according to the Daily Mail.
Former United player Richie Wellens, who is caretaking the team, is believed to be another strong candidate for the position.
After retiring from professional football in May 2013, Scholes has had TV punditry spells, as well as brief coaching stints in United’s academy.
The 42-year-old is currently part-owner of Salford City.
4. Liverpool trip is United’s biggest game of the season – Gary Neville
Gary Neville has said that he believes Manchester United’s trip to Liverpool on Saturday is the biggest game of their season so far.
United are unbeaten in the league, having won six of their opening seven games. Jose Mourinho’s side sit in second, behind rivals Manchester City on goal difference.
The Red Devils are yet to face any of last season’s top seven in the league this year. And Neville thinks that the visit to Anfield is a huge game for them.
“United have played a lot of the lower teams, so this is their first real test,” said Neville in his column for Sky Sports News.
“Anfield away is the ultimate test, mentally and physically with the intensity. I was never excited about going to Anfield. There was always too much at stake.”
3. Jurgen Klopp had the ambition to manage Manchester United
Jurgen Klopp’s former coach Eckhard Krautzun has claimed that the Liverpool manager had hope of one day coaching Manchester United.
The German replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October 2015. The German went on to guide the team to the EFL Cup final and Europa League final but lost both.
Klopp is two years into his Liverpool stay and yet to win a trophy. But the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss secured Champions League qualification with his team last season.
On Saturday, the Merseyside outfit will host arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield in the lunchtime kickoff.
Jose Mourinho will be the manager in the opposing dugout. But Krautzun has suggested that things could have turned out differently.
“It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favorite club would be United. That’s what he said,” Krautzun told The Set Pieces.
“After three or four months not working, I knew that he wanted to be in action again. When the offer came from Liverpool, I knew he would not hesitate because he wanted to get into a top club in England.”
The Reds currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of second-placed United.
2. Juan Mata tells boss Jose Mourinho to play him in his best position
Versatile Manchester United ace Juan Mata has told boss Jose Mourinho that he is most comfortable when being used in an attacking midfield role.
The Spain international has spent time playing through the middle and out on the right since joining the Red Devils from league rivals Chelsea in January 2014.
However, all seven of the 29-year-old’s Premier League outings this term have come in wide areas of the field.
“Let’s say offensive midfielder [is my preferred role],” he told the club’s official website. “But, obviously, I am playing more now on the right wing, when I try to come inside and create space for my teammates.”
“It’s this kind of freedom that allows me to be in touch with the ball, that’s where I feel comfortable. I consider myself as this kind of attacking midfielder, trying to find the gaps between the opposition midfielders and defenders and produce what the team needs between the lines.”
1. Paul Pogba returns to light training with Manchester United
Manchester United have been handed a huge fitness boost as star midfielder Paul Pogba has returned to light training.
The France international damaged his hamstring in the 3-0 win over Basel on September 12. This has led to fears that he faced being out of action until the end of the year.
Boss Jose Mourinho only confirmed that United would be without the 24-year-old for the long term.
Pogba has made a swifter-than-expected comeback, however, having taken part in light training in the gym following a short break in Florida during the international break.
The former Juventus ace took to Instagram to update his followers on his rehabilitation programme. The midfielder has posted a number of videos that show him jogging on a treadmill and working in the gym.
Reports suggest that France expect to have Pogba in their ranks before the next international break, which begins in November.