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Man utd update: Jose Mourinho calls for Wayne Rooney support and hints at Everton title bid

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Jose Mourinho hopes Wayne Rooney will get the reception he deserves when he makes his first return to Old Trafford on Sunday.

And Mourinho says that Rooney is a true Manchester Inited legend in an era when legendary status is handed out far too easily.

He said: “I think that he will get the welcome he deserves. Sometimes the word legend in this country comes too easy, that’s not his case, he’s a real legend, the number of goals, trophies, he’s clearly one of the most important players in Manchester United’s history.

“And I think the stadium will show him that respect he deserves – I hope before the match and after the match – but not during the match.”

Mourinho refused to say whether re-joining Everton in the summer was the best move for Rooney’s career.

He added: “He is an Everton player and I’m not going to speak about Wayne more than I have already.

“He’s a legend of this club, he deserves to be welcomed that way but during the match he’s an Everton player who wants to win the match.”

Mourinho was more forthcoming about the striker who moved in the opposite direction to replace Rooney – Romelu Lukaku who has hit the ground running with six goals in his first six games for United plus four for Belgium.

He said: “I think he has come in the right moment, at a good age, with a good number of years of experience with different clubs in the Premier League.

“He is clearly a player well adapted to the Premier League and with good friends already in this dressing room, with an easy integration into our group.

“And the way the team tries to play has good relation to his qualities as a player. He came at the right moment in his career.”

Rooney will return with Everton in an early season mini crisis after three defeats without scoring a goal, five games in all competitions without a win and manager Ronald Koeman unhappy with their lack of passion.

But Mourinho will not under estimate the Merseysiders who held United to two 1-1 draws last season.

“I’m not going to analyse in that perspective, ” he said.

“They are a team with an incredible investment, a team that wants to play for the title, so I’m sure their objective is the top four.

“They have lots of good players, they are a good team and it will be a very difficult match for us.”

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NFF makes new appointments

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday announced the appointments of new media officers for the various National Teams.

In a statement signed by Demola Olajire, NFF Director of Communication, Toyin Ibitoye and Miss Jane Nweze have been retained for the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons, respectively, until after the two teams’ major championships.

He said Ibitoye and Nweze will still retain their positions until the Super Eagles’ AFCON finals in Egypt and the Super Falcons’ FIFA World Cup finals in France, NAN reports.

Olajire, however, announced the appointment of Pius Ayinor as media officer for the Super Eagles B, also known as CHAN Eagles.

“Sharif Abdallah will serve as media officer for the U-23 National Team (Olympic Eagles), while Andrew Randa will take charge at the camp of the U-20 Boys National Team (Flying Eagles).

“Cecilia Omorogbe will work with the U-20 Girls (Falconets), while Francis Achi will serve the U-17 Boys (Golden Eaglets) and Faith Meremegbunam will work with the U-17 Girls (Flamingos).

“Tobi Adepoju will be media officer of the U-15 National Boys (Future Eagles),’’ Olajire said.

According to him, all the newly-appointed media officers will serve until after their next major championships, before giving way to other persons to also benefit from the experience.

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My expectations from Man United, Man City clash – Guardiola

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has revealed what he expects when his side tackle Manchester United in Wednesday’s Premier League derby clash.

Guardiola says he expects the ‘best’ Manchester United team to face Man City at Old Trafford.

Man City head to the game following a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday, while Ole Gunnar Solskjear’s side were defeated 4-0 by Everton on Sunday.

“I expect the best United tomorrow, I am sure,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

“They are bright. Football players try to do their best and tomorrow is going to happen. We prepare for their strong points and weak points.”

Guardiola added: “I don’t make theories about what happened in the past. Every game is completely different.

“The fact is this club grew a lot in the last decade, so it is not scary to go there.

“Before that, it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City have had in the last decade made this game a little bit more equal.”

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Man Utd vs Man City: Solskjaer releases killer squad

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Manchester United have released a strong squad to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Wednesday’s Premier League derby fixture at Old Trafford.

According to Mirror UK, Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer released a list of 25 players on Tuesday.

Man United head to the game following a 4-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday at Goodison Park.

Below is Man United’s Premier League squad against Man City:

De Gea, Romero, Grant, Dalot, Darmian, Bailly, Valencia, Young, Jones, Shaw, Lindelof, Rojo, Smalling, Herrera, Fred, Matic, McTominay, Pereira, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford.

The kick-off time for the match is 8pm.

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