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Jose Mourinho maintains ‘fantastic relationship’ with squad

He’s not selling them all yet.

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Swansea City v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round
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Jose Mourinho was so hacked off with the gutless display against Huddersfield that he cancelled the planned trip for his players to attend a NFL game in Wembley on Sunday. I’m not entirely sure how it’s a punishment to stop people having to watch NFL, but it is a bafflingly popular game over here too, now. Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe both played well enough to justify some more inclusion over the next few Premier League games.

Luke Shaw fears that his Manchester United career is over. If there’s any justice, then his poor training, weight control, form and appearances should see him booted out in January. Maybe he’ll be fine with a new manager like Mauricio Pochettino, but there have been two managers in a row who have little time for his efforts, and there’s no point getting upset if United can sign someone with a bit of dignity instead.

Perhaps the lesson from Huddersfield has got through to the United players. They clearly couldn’t be bothered against them, but Ander Herrera regards Spurs as contenders for every championship going this year, so perhaps they will bother to turn up at the weekend.

Herrera also said that Mourinho’s criticism at the weekend has not affected the players’, ‘fantastic relationship,’ with the squad. Given they were plainly, clearly in the wrong following a wan display, they should be begging to stay at the club and Herrera is at least saying the right things.

Lastly, Juventus are no longer in bother from FIFA over a potential transgression over transfer rules. The transfer between Juventus, Manchester United, Paul Pogba and his agent had been suggested as a little bit rum, but things have been cleared up for now, at least partially. Pogba will be back in action for United at some time in December, according to recent reports.