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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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Fans fume over use of VAR in Champions League clash between Man city and Schalke

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Manchester City fans are adamant VAR has been used against them in their Champions League clash with Schalke this evening.

The German side were awarded two penalties in the first half to send the German side 2-1 up after 45 minutes.

And it has since emerged the television screen the referee is supposed to be able to use was not functioning.

Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City an early lead before Schalke were awarded their first penalty.

That was for a contentious handball by Nicolas Otamendi.
They were then punished a second time as Fernandinho fouled his man.

And that left City fans raging on social media.

One said: “What in the world is going on? City dominating. #VAR is now up 2-1 vs #ManCity.”

Another added: “It’s a shocking decision. The player is actively trying to avoid the ball and VAR goes against him. @ChampionsLeague sick decision. @ManCity unjustly punished there.”

A third explained: “Man City re getting robbed by the VAR…”
Ex-City midfielder Michael Brown was adamant the first penalty should not have been given.

He said: “There’s no way it’s deliberate handball.

“Otamendi gets set, sees he’s in trouble, that it’s heading towards his arm.

“He very quickly tries to put it behind his back but the ball is hit that quick at his arm that he can’t get it out of the way.”
Brown also criticised how long it took for a decision to be made with the use of VAR.

He added: “It was probably the longest VAR in history deciding the right decision.

“I don’t think they knew. Then finally they give the penalty.”

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Schalke 2-3 Man City: Sane, Sterling score late goals

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Late goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City a 3-2 win at Schalke in their Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

Substitute Sane scored against his former club with a sensational free kick in the 86th after Nabil Bentaleb converted two spot kicks in the 38th and 45th minutes to put Schalke ahead.

Sergio Aguero had given City the lead in the 18th and the English champions were left with 10 men in the 68th minute when Nicolas Otamendi was sent off following a second booking.

City, who have conceded at least two goals in six of their seven games in the Champions League knockout stages under Pep Guardiola, will also be without yellow-carded Fernandinho for the return leg in Manchester on March 12.

SCHALKE 2-3 MANCHESTER CITY | AGUERO (18), BENTALEB (36, 44), SANE (84), STERLING (90)

Schalke XI: Fahrmann, Caliguiri, Bruma, Sane, Nastasic, Oczikpa, Serdar, Bentaleb, McKennie, Uth, Mendyl
Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero

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Chelsea told to appoint former EPL manager as Sarri’s replacement

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Former Arsenal goalkeeper, David Seaman, has told Chelsea to appoint former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement at Stamford Bridge.

Seaman believes Wenger would be a great choice to replace Sarri at the West London club.

He stated this ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie with Malmo on Thursday night.

Sarri, who joined Chelsea last summer, has been under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge due to the club’s recent poor performances.

“Arsene Wenger would be great at Chelsea, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager,” Seaman said on talkSPORT.

“Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal.

“But obviously time’s a healer and he could think. I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong.”

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