Jamie Jackson

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Name: Jamie Jackson
Date registered: September 27, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/chelsea

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  1. Juan Mata: José Mourinho is the man to take Manchester United back to the top — May 22, 2017
  2. Manchester City to offer Yaya Touré new deal to extend stay at Etihad — May 14, 2017
  3. José Mourinho says season will not be failure if Manchester United lose final — May 12, 2017
  4. Pep Guardiola: Gabriel Jesus could feature for Manchester City against Arsenal — April 21, 2017
  5. Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea: five talking points from Old Trafford | Jamie Jackson — April 16, 2017

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May 22

Juan Mata: José Mourinho is the man to take Manchester United back to the top

• United face Ajax on Wednesday evening in the Europa League final
• Mata says he wants to stay at the club beyond contract expiry in 2018

Juan Mata believes Manchester United finally have the right manager in José Mourinho, with the Spain international hopeful a new era of success can be kick-started by winning the Europa League.

United face Ajax in Wednesday’s final in Stockholm. If Mourinho’s side win they will claim their second trophy of the season, following the EFL Cup, as well as qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Related: Premier League 2016-17 fans’ verdicts part two: Manchester Utd to West Ham

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/22/manchester-united-juan-mata-jose-mourinho-ajax-europa-league

May 14

Manchester City to offer Yaya Touré new deal to extend stay at Etihad

• 34-year-old Ivorian would feature in eighth season at City if he accepts deal
• Outgoing defender Zabaleta to be honoured following West Bromwich match

Yaya Touré is likely to be offered a new contract by Manchester City, though the club is unsure if he will accept. The midfielder, who turned 34 on Saturday, is currently employed on terms that expire in the close season. Yet after fighting his way back into Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans it is understood the manager and Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, think Touré should be given the chance to extend his stay.

If the Ivorian accepts he will play into an eighth year at City, having joined from Barcelona for £24m in 2010. Earlier in the season Guardiola excluded Touré due to comments made by his agent, Dimitri Seluk, about the Catalan manager. However, he was reinstated after Touré apologised in November; since then he has made 28 appearances and scored six times.

Related: Pablo Zabaleta to leave Manchester City in the summer

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/14/yaya-toure-manchester-city-contract-pep-guardiola

May 12

José Mourinho says season will not be failure if Manchester United lose final

• Mourinho insists board happy with his achievements in first season at club
• He accepts outside criticism will come if United lose Europa League final

José Mourinho believes Manchester United’s board would not view the season as a failure if the Europa League is not claimed but the manager would understand if this was the judgment from outside the club.

United reached the final after Thursday’s semi-final second leg 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford, winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate. If United defeat Ajax in Stockholm on 24 May they will add the one major trophy that has eluded them.

Related: José Mourinho: Eric Bailly received ‘wrong card’ against Celta Vigo

Related: Paul Pogba has difficulty showing his worth but Manchester United progress | Paul Wilson

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/12/jose-mourinho-says-season-will-not-be-a-failure-if-manchester-united-lose-europa-league-final

Apr 21

Pep Guardiola: Gabriel Jesus could feature for Manchester City against Arsenal

• Brazilian expected to play in FA Cup semi-final after return from injury
• Guardiola confirms John Stones will be absent from Wembley

Pep Guardiola has revealed Gabriel Jesus could start Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in a return that would be nearly a month earlier than the original prognosis regarding his metatarsal injury suggested.

However, it is understood that if the Brazilian is in the starting XI at Wembley it would represent a surprise and he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Related: Mamadou Sakho: ‘Whatever they say or do, they cannot replace what they took away from me’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/21/manchester-city-gabriel-jesus-pepe-guardiola-fa-cup-semi-final

Apr 16

Manchester United 2-0 Chelsea: five talking points from Old Trafford | Jamie Jackson

Mourinho puts one over on Conte, Rashford and Lingard offer United vision of post-Ibrahimovic era and Hazard’s lack of hunger whets Spurs’ appetite

At times José Mourinho has been cast as a fading force. Not after this. By the end Antonio Conte stood in rain in the technical area looking clueless. Manchester United’s victory derived from Mourinho’s tactical masterclass with the attacking axis of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, and Ander Herrera’s man‑marking of Eden Hazard. It is the ideal boost before the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht on Thursday, with the tie poised at 1-1. Before this match Mourinho posited there was “no emotion” in meeting his former club despite two previous defeats and the abuse received during those visits to west London. Do not believe him.

Related: Marcus Rashford and Manchester United sink Chelsea to reignite title race

Related: Marcus Rashford offers Manchester United a brighter, faster future | Barney Ronay

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/16/manchester-united-chelsea-five-talking-points-mourinho-conte-hazard-spurs

Apr 13

José Mourinho blames Manchester United’s forwards for Anderlecht draw

• Leander Dendoncker heads home late equaliser for home side
• Henrikh Mkhitaryan scores away goal in Europa League quarter-final first leg

José Mourinho said Manchester United’s defenders should be “upset” with their attackers for not finishing off Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final first leg, the manager naming Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial as those culpable.

United led through Mkhitaryan’s 10th of the season after he struck on 37 minutes and, until Leander Dendoncker’s equaliser three minutes from time, Mourinho’s men were in charge. However, despite their superiority, they could not capitalise.

Related: Anderlecht’s Dendoncker denies Manchester United win with late header

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/13/jose-mourinho-hits-out-at-manchester-united-forwards-europa-league-anderlecht

Apr 02

José Mourinho may sideline league if Manchester United fail to improve

• Winning Europa League may take priority over finishing fourth
• Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba could return against Everton

José Mourinho will field his strongest team in the Europa League to focus on qualifying for the Champions League qualification by winning the competition if results go against Manchester United in their next two games, against Everton and Sunderland.

The goalless draw against a resolute West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday and Sunday’s draw between Arsenal and Manchester City left United fifth in the Premier League, five points behind City in fourth. United have a game in hand, though Pep Guardiola’s side have a superior goal difference of five.

Related: Mourinho hits out at journalist after West Brom frustrate Manchester United

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/02/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-europa-league-premier-league

Mar 16

Manchester City’s Monaco failure should put Pep Guardiola on defensive | Jamie Jackson

Pep Guardiola saw his side score six and concede six across two legs of the Champions League last 16 but blamed his high-scoring attack, not his high-conceding defence, for failure

Pep Guardiola was hired to win the Champions League for Manchester City and on Wednesday night they crashed out in the last 16 at the hands of Monaco. This is the unpalatable truth Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the chairman, and the chief executive-sporting director axis of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have to digest with year one of their Get Guardiola master plan in tatters.

If the Catalan was not required to win the competition in his first season the absolute minimum was to elevate style and offer clear evidence City are only fractions from breaking into the continental elite headed by Barcelona and Real Madrid. Instead Guardiola’s team were knocked out two rounds earlier than last term, when Manuel Pellegrini took City to the European Cup semi-finals for the first time. The Chilean was sacked by Mubarak despite that achievement, the claiming of the second League Cup of his tenure, and a fourth-placed finish last May.

Related: Manchester City stunned by Monaco: ‘We weren’t there in first half,’ admits Guardiola

Related: Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko condemns Manchester City to away-goal defeat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/16/manchester-city-monaco-pep-guardiola-defensive

Mar 14

Pep Guardiola to stick with Manchester City’s guns-blazing style at Monaco

• City out to build on 5-3 Champions League advantage against Monaco
• ‘Take the ball and attack is the only way I know to beat this type of team’

Pep Guardiola has no doubt Manchester City can win the Champions League with the all-out attacking football that beat Monaco 5-3 in the first leg of their last‑16 tie.

City take on the Ligue 1 leaders at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday night with the tie nicely poised.

Related: Sergio Agüero helps Manchester City pull it out of the fire against Monaco

Related: How Monaco fashioned a table-topping team from their own academy | Igor Mladenovic

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/14/pep-guardiola-manchester-city-win-champions-league-monaco

Mar 12

Manchester United’s striking crisis: four forwards to miss Chelsea tie

• Rooney, Rashford and Martial ill or injured; Ibrahimovic suspended
• Mourinho may push Mkhitaryan forward in Stamford Bridge quarter-final

Manchester United’s hopes of defending the FA Cup were dealt a severe blow after Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were all ruled out on the eve of Monday night’s quarter-final against Chelsea.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic starting a three-match suspension it means José Mourinho is without all of his frontline strikers for the trip to Stamford Bridge. The manager had planned to field one of Rooney, Rashford and Martial at No9 in the absence of Ibrahimovic. But with Rooney injuring himself in an training accident with Phil Jones on Sunday, Rashford falling ill on the same day and Martial also suffering an unspecified problem Mourinho will now have to field a makeshift forward line at his former club.

Related: José Mourinho left trailing by calmed-down Antonio Conte | Daniel Taylor

Related: Antonio Conte will stay exuberant when Chelsea face Manchester United

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/12/manchester-uniteds-striking-crisis-four-forwards-to-miss-chelsea-tie

Mar 09

LA Galaxy bid to make Zlatan Ibrahimovic highest-paid in MLS history

• Swede’s current one-year contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer
• Player has an option to extend by a further 12 months but has yet to sign

LA Galaxy want to prise Zlatan Ibrahimovic away from Manchester United with a deal that would make the striker the highest paid player in Major League Soccer history.

The Swede’s current one-year contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer and though there is an option to extend by a further 12 months it is yet to be signed.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/09/la-galaxy-want-zlatan-ibrahimovic-highest-paid-player-major-league-soccer-history

Mar 07

Manchester United need to beat Rostov to make José Mourinho ‘smell the final’

• Mourinho: ‘Europa League last 16 we are far … last eight you smell the final’
• Rostov manager Ivan Daniliants warns United of problem pitch in Russia

José Mourinho has stated Manchester United will focus seriously on the Europa League if they knock out Rostov and reach the quarter-finals owing to the Champions League qualification that winning the competition secures.

Mourinho takes his side to Russia for Thursday’s last-16 first leg with United also challenging for a European Cup berth via a top-four Premier League finish and still in the FA Cup.

Related: Manchester United’s Mkhitaryan and Carrick set to miss EFL Cup final after St-Étienne victory

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings charged with violent conduct by FA

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/mar/07/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-europa-league-rostov

Feb 28

Pep Guardiola comments move Joe Hart closer to Manchester City exit

• Catalan professes himself ‘so happy’ with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero
• Manchester City manager says ‘we will talk about it at the end of the season’

Pep Guardiola has hinted that Joe Hart’s Manchester City career may be over after stating he is “so happy” with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero as goalkeepers.

Related: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola must use his head over Joe Hart | Daniel Taylor

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/28/pep-guardiola-joe-hart-manchester-city-exit

Feb 17

Foreign coaches take time to understand FA Cup, says José Mourinho

• Manchester United face Blackburn Rovers in fifth round on Sunday
• ‘Not everybody studies and understands the culture of this country,’ he says

José Mourinho believes that some foreign coaches fail to understand English football’s culture and this can lead to FA Cup upsets, with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool the highest-profile casualty of this year’s competition.

Mourinho takes Manchester United to Blackburn Rovers for Sunday’s fifth-round match. He is intent on fielding a strong XI and not “throwing it away” as he admits doing when Chelsea’s manager in a tie against Newcastle United. Mourinho selected a weakened side for that match in February 2005 as he was focusing on playing Barcelona in the Champions League and Liverpool in the League Cup final in the next two matches. Chelsea beat Barcelona over two legs and Liverpool but lost 1-0 to Newcastle.

Related: Michael Keane: ‘It was always United for me … but I don’t regret leaving’ | Daniel Taylor

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/17/jose-mourinho-manchester-united-blackburn-fa-cup

Feb 16

Huddersfield’s Harry Bunn: ‘Dad reminds me he was Scholes’s favourite player’

The striker believes his team can shock his former club Manchester City in the FA Cup but is unlikely to match his father Frankie’s six goals in a cup tie for Oldham

For a moment Huddersfield Town’s Harry Bunn allows himself to dream of FA Cup glory. Having overcome a career-threatening injury and the disappointment of being released after 13 years at his boyhood club, Manchester City, Bunn has earned the right.

In the clubhouse of the Championship’s third-placed side the 24-year-old says Pep Guardiola’s City can be knocked out in Saturday’s fifth-round tie at the John Smith’s Stadium. “Definitely, we can beat them on our day,” he says. “Anything can happen in the FA Cup. Can I score the winner? Fingers crossed, yes.”

Related: Championship’s Yorkshire revival gives football its northern soul back

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/16/huddersfield-harry-bunn-scholes-manchester-city-fa-cup

Feb 15

Luke Shaw to be left out for fourth Manchester United game in a row

• Left-back to miss Europa League first leg against St Étienne
• José Mourinho to stick with back four who kept out Watford

Luke Shaw is fighting to convince José Mourinho of his worth, with the left-back likely to be left out of Manchester United’s squad for Thursday’s Europa League home game with St Étienne.

The manager said Shaw would not be in his starting XI and it is understood the 21-year-old is expecting to be left out of the 18 for the last-32 first leg match. If so it would be the fourth consecutive match-day squad from which Shaw has been excluded. His last appearance was in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic on 29 January.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/15/luke-shaw-manchester-united-jose-mourinho-europa-league

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