Jose Mourinho ‘Wants Manchester United To Prove How Much They Value Him’ Amid PSG Interest; Martial frustrated with lack of starts; Frank Lampard predicts where Man United will finish this season.
Lampard predicts where Man United will finish this season
Frank Lampard believes that Manchester United will get stronger towards the end of the Premier League season; and is backing the Red Devils to remain as one of the main contenders for the title.
The Red Devils have made a strong start to the new campaign under Jose Mourinho; but have suffered defeats by Huddersfield and Chelsea in recent weeks to dent their Premier League title hopes.
Manchester United are aiming to win the Premier League title this season after the Red Devils finished sixth in the table last term in Mourinho’s first full campaign in charge.
Mourinho’s men were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend; to dent their Premier League title hopes and leave them eight points behind leaders Manchester City.
The Portuguese coach is aiming to become the first manager to lead Manchester United to the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.
And former Chelsea star Lampard feels that Manchester United will be one of the main challengers for the title come the end of the season.
Lampard is quoted as saying by the Daily Express: “I actually do think that Manchester United will be competitive towards the end of the season, so we’ll see.”
Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday with a home clash against Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho ‘wants Manchester United to prove how much they value him’ amid PSG interest
Jose Mourinho is expecting Manchester United to show how much they value him amid interest from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain; report the Manchester Evening News.
The Portuguese coach knows the option of a move to Paris Saint-Germain has strengthened his hand ahead of contract negotiations – and wants executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to come up with an offer in-keeping with his status as one of the world’s super coaches.
Mourinho’s long-term future is the subject of increasing speculation, which he has done little to quell.
With 18 months to run on his current deal – and an option of a further year – there is no cause for panic at United yet. But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager’s status is threatening to become a distraction.
PSG are seen as an ideal escape route for Mourinho, who has cut an unsettled figure in recent weeks – picking his battles with fans and the media.
The 54-year-old described the French side as ‘special’ in an interview last month and the potential of move there is said to be very real.
It marks a dramatic shift in his situation, having spoken of his desire to manage at United for 15 years in the summer.
His willingness to enter into negotiations over a contract extension is evidence he still sees his future at Old Trafford.
But any deal will be dependent on whether he believes United are sufficiently rewarding him for winning two major trophies in his first season at the club and see him as the man to turn them into the dominant force in English once more.
Martial frustrated with lack of starts
This season has been one of contradiction for Anthony Martial. While he has scored four goals in the Premier League this season, second on the team to Romelu Lukaku’s seven, he has only been featured in the starting lineup three times. Coming off the bench has started to get frustrating for the young forward.
Not surprisingly, none of his goals have come in the games that he has started.
“It’s easier to start the game,” Martial told SFR Sport . “When you come off the bench; the other players are warmed up, they’re totally in the game, and you have to get into it straight away. I prefer to start the game, I have more time to get myself into the game.
That certainly does not sound like a man content with his current standing with the team, despite his insistence that he is happy.