Blog Post, Clubs, English Premier League, Manchester United

Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop blame Jose Mourinho for Manchester United’s recent struggles against the top teams in the Prem.
Jose Mourinho says he did his duty by shaking hands with Antonio Conte’s assistants after United’s loss at Chelsea.
After losing to Chelsea, Jose Mourinho looks forward to the return of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo.

Monday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending …

MAN UNITEDJose Mourinho has said Manchester United are “worried” by Manchester City’s eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

– Mourinho has branded Marouane Fellaini “fantastic” after the midfielder rushed back from injury to play against Chelsea on Sunday.

– Anthony Martial has admitted he would like to start more games for Manchester United but says he is happier at Old Trafford than he was last season.

– Player ratings – Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jose Mourinho only worth 3/10

WATCH: Jose Mourinho eager for return of injured stars

CHELSEAMichael Emenalo has resigned from his position as Chelsea technical director.

– Antonio Conte insisted that dropping David Luiz from his squad for Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester United was purely a “tactical decision” and praised Andreas Christensen’s “amazing” performance in place of the Brazilian.

– Conte has played down speculation that he could take over AC Milan next season, while the Serie A club have also moved to dismiss any rumours of contact with the Chelsea manager.

– N’Golo Kante says his hamstring still does not feel “100 percent” despite producing an impressive performance on his return to action as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

WATCH: How Chelsea beat Manchester United

WEST HAMSlaven Bilic and West Ham have parted company, with David Moyes favourite to replace him.

– Former Manchester United and England defender Phil Neville is in the frame for the Sunderland manager’s job after rejecting a reunion with Moyes at West Ham, sources have told ESPN FC.

WATCH: Hislop opposed to Moyes as Bilic’s replacement.

ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger blasted what he called “unacceptable” refereeing in the Premier League after Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City and said that Raheem Sterling “dives well” after the forward won a penalty.

– Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has come out in defence of Michael Oliver’s awarding of a penalty to Sterling in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat of Arsenal.

– Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says his club are unlikely to make a move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in January as the player has chosen his next club.

WATCH: Why didn’t Wenger start Lacazette?

MAN CITY: Pep Guardiola says he can’t remember a better start to the season as a manager, but warned Manchester City still have a long way to go before they can think about the winning the title.

– Transfer Talk: Liverpool and Inter Milan join race for Manchester City maestro David Silva

LIVERPOOL: German prosecutors have accused Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita of submitting a fake driver’s license, according to a report in Bild.

– Premier League Team of the Weekend: Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane make the cut

WATCH: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are powerless to stop Emre Can leaving

TOTTENHAM:Dele Alli will miss England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil with a hamstring problem, while fellow Spurs midfielder Harry Winks is also a doubt for the upcoming internationals.

WATCH: Pochettino “sure” Alli will return for Arsenal clash   

MARSEILLE: Marseille fans have told Patrice Evra he is no longer welcome at the club after the defender kicked a supporter in the head.

LIGUE 1: Nabil Fekir told Canal+ he did not regret the goal celebration that sparked a pitch invasion during Lyon’s derby win over St Etienne on Sunday.

REAL MADRID: After Real Madrid ended a difficult week with Sunday evening’s 3-0 La Liga victory over Las Palmas, Zinedine Zidane said his side had “needed the win.”

Club captain Sergio Ramos and vice-captain Marcelo have backed Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema amid concerns over the pair having scored just one La Liga goal each so far this season.

– Player ratings: Marco Asensio nets another wonder-goal, gets 8/10 

WATCH: Zidane defends struggling Ronaldo and Benzema

ATLETICO MADRIDJuanfran says Antoine Griezmann should remain “relaxed” despite being substituted again on Saturday, although the forward’s brother has questioned Diego Simeone’s tactics on Twitter.

BARCELONA: Ernesto Valverde says he won’t “apologise for winning” as he continues to deal with complaints about Barcelona’s style of play despite leading his side on a 16-game unbeaten run.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has said his former club should look to make a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.

MLS: Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has thanked New York City FC and its fans after retiring as a player.

CHINESE SUPER LEAGUEFabio Cannavaro has quit as head coach of Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, paving the way for a possible return to seven-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

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