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On Sunday, a slogan from Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling and Second-half efforts from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger ensured holders Manchester United enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 fourth round FA Cup win against Wigan.

It was a wonderfully sweet moment for German World Cup champion Schweinsteiger, Mourinho took over – he displaces him at one point to train away from the first-team before welcoming him back into the fold at the end of October.

The scoreline privileged Mourinho’s side slightly as his much-changed starting XI fight to break down the Championship visitors for nearly all of the first half.

However, in the end, United have a chance of becoming the sixth team to keep the trophy following a schedule win.

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Fellaini hits in the 34 minute of a first half where the Premier League side unsuccessful in playing with any real rhythm or pace. But it was probably not surprising given.

Mourinho had made nine changes from the side that advanced to the final of the League Cup although losing at Hull in last Thursday’s semi-final second leg.

United has spent mostly in the first half it shows that they had never played together, when the opening goal did finally come, it was a very straight approach.

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At the end of a long passage of the game, the ball was passed to Schweinsteiger on the right, and his high, deep cross was met by the Belgian and headed powerfully into the goal.

The goal was the second goal of Fellaini of the season; his scored was an important cup goal in the first leg semi-final win against Hull.

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In 58th minute might Mourinho relax after Wigan unsuccessful to clear a Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial flitted into the Wigan penalty area.

His excellent chip into the six-yard area was meet by Smalling, still in position following the set-piece, the England international did not make any wrong in close range.

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Wigan starts to droop under the United pressure, mainly when they pressed forward in search of a route back into the tie and fell to a devastating counter-attack after 73 minutes.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho protested about the lack of help being provided to his team by the football authorities as he tries to win silverware on four fronts over the final four months of the season.

The Portuguese manager has explained a mounting schedule like a ‘nonsense’ and ‘a laugh’ in an odd eruption that followed his side’s comfortable way into the fifth round of that FA Cup with 4-0 home win over Championship side Wigan.

That leaves United as the only English team battling for four trophies – the League Cup final with Southampton, the FA Cup, Europa and Premier Leagues – and facing as many as 67 games should they go all the way in the other two cup competitions.

The 54-years-old United’s manager Mourinho said: “I think the Premier League is almost an impossible mission but I only think about winning the next match.”mourinho

“In the League Cup, we have 50% chance of winning it. In the FA Cup, we are in the last 16. In the Europa League, we are in the last 32, so lots of matches to play. I can imagine we are going to have some nice gifts. Like Watford today, they had an amazing gift. They played today in the FA Cup and they are to play on Tuesday in the Premier League.”

“It’s a laugh. There were so many matches played yesterday, how is it possible a team plays today and plays again Tuesday? It is absolute nonsense. This is not just for Watford. I know many of those surprises will be waiting for us.”

Mourinho should go at title challengers Liverpool and Chelsea saying that they have fewer games to worry about since they didn’t qualify for Europe.

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Portuguese manager Mourinho said that “Compared with other clubs – Liverpool will play 16 matches the rest of the season, Chelsea will play 16, plus some in the FA Cup, and we are in this really crazy situation.”

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“Southampton will have 15 days without football before the final. We are going to play two matches against St Etienne and the next round of the FA Cup, so the calendar in the best country in world football is nonsense,” he added.

Mourinho said that he doesn’t have the knowledge of reports linking Wayne Rooney with a likely move to China before the end of current season.

One player absolutely will stay at Old Trafford, but German Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his first goal in 14 months to complete the rout.

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Mourinho said “He is staying. He is going on our Europa League list because we have opened spaces with (Memphis) Depay and (Morgan) Schneiderlin (leaving) and we don’t have many players.”

“We don’t have many options in midfield. Ninety minutes today was probably too hard for him but now I think he is happy. With so many competitions and games, he will be an option,” he added.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given four-match touchline ban after confessing a Football Association (FA) misbehavior charge for showing to push the fourth official during their Premier League win over Burnley on Sunday.

On Monday, manager Wenger was accused by FA after the match referee gave him stands for allegedly using insulting language towards fourth official Anthony Taylor after an injury-time penalty was awarded to Burnley.

On Friday, FA gave the statement that “It was further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct.”

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“The Arsenal manager, who was also fined 25,000 pounds ($31,342), admitted the charge and requested a personal hearing which took place before an Independent Regulatory Commission today (Friday).”

Wenger shows angrily after Burnley gave a 93-minute penalty at the Emirates Stadium. He has been put to stands by match referee Jon Moss; however, he stood in the tunnel entrance and refused to move as he tried to watch the remainder of the game.

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Taylor showed to encourage Wenger to get away; however, he was seen pushing back against him.

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Arsenal snatched a winner at the death when they were given a penalty of their own, which was changed by Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal faces traveling Southampton in the fourth round of FA Cup on Saturday. Wenger will miss other match league meets away to Chelsea on 4th February at home to Hull City.

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Should Arsenal reach the FA Cup fifth round or for their Premier League trip to Liverpool on March 4.

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Spanish former professional footballer and current manager of FC Barcelona Luis Enrique mounded admire on Denis Suarez after leading Barcelona to a 5-2 attack of Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Enrique says that the youngster could copy playmaker Andres Iniesta, who the coach compared to Harry Potter.

The 23-year-old central midfielder Suarez set Barca on the path to the King’s Cup semi-finals with a smooth cutting finish and completed the 6-2 total win with an extended run past goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli after a fast pass from Lionel Messi.

The former Manchester City trainee has had to wait his turn in his first season back at the club after magic charm at Sevilla and Villarreal followed his impressive campaign with Barcelona B, who joined in the year 2013 after an unhappy two years in England.

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But, after some new presents this season, the Galician has come out as a realistic successor to captain and standard bearer Iniesta, Barca’s most tinted player, who is in the autumn of his career at 32.

The 46-year-old Barcelona manager said to reporters that “He could be, why not? Players have to evolve. He has to improve, but Iniesta is Harry Potter, he makes magic, and it’s difficult to find another. But Denis is on the right path and I hope he can be it.”

“Denis is one of the few players to leave Barca B and be able to return. That’s because he takes great care of the ball but also works hard off it, which some players forget about.”

“You have the ball for a minute or a minute and a half in the game, so of you don’t do well without it; you have no chance at this level. Denis understands that and he’s well loved by his team mates,” said Luis Enrique.

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To score his first goal for Barca Suarez took six months, however now has three in his last two games, his support against Sociedad following his debut goal in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Eibar.

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FC Barcelona coach added saying “The goals will boost his morale.”

“He’s been coming into the area at the right time and he needed to be a little more efficient in front of goal, but he’s shown that today with his finishes.”

“Speaking after one of his best displays for Barca, the midfielder talked about his understanding with Argentine striker Messi, who helped create both of his goals,” he added.

FC Barcelona central midfielder Suarez said to reporters “I think I have a special connection with Messi. Since I’ve come back he’s treated me well and when I am playing on the right of midfield we understand each other. If you find the space, he will find you.”

“I am getting better. It’s not easy to get in the best team in the world, but I hope I can keep on moving forward now,” said Suarez.

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East Bengal will be aiming their second successive win when they face Churchill Brothers in a Hero I-League football match on Wednesday.

Club Mohan Bagan is top of the table with nine points from three matches. East Bengal became a draw at 1-1 with Aizawl FC in the opening match of the season, whereas, DSK SHivajians lost at 0-1 against Mumbai FC.

East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan take on a Churchill side bereft of its top players and only Tobago and Trinidad forward Anthony Wolfe to look forward.

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The 60-years-old East Bengal coach said on Tuesday “I think at the moment, all of our games are must win games, if we want to be challenging for the title. We are certainly trying and we are prepared to win the game. We’ve got some more firepower than we had in our first game. In the game against DSK (Shivajians), I thought we looked pretty good going forward.

The East Bengal group have a trip with a 22-man squad; Coach Morgan said that “It is an important game for us. Last week we did not play to our full potential. Last time we trained with just one forward. This time in the training I had four strikers available.”

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When asked who will fill the role of an under-22 in the playing eleven against DSK Shivajians, coach Morgan said that there are two under-22 players in the squad and it will be seen who starts tomorrow.

Churchill is next to being a tie on the back of successive defeats in their first two matches. Churchill coach Alfred Fernandes said that “Of course it is a must-not-lose match for us. We have to come out with at least a point or maximum points. In the last two matches, I was not disappointed with the performance, but even if we did not win the matches, at least we could have come home with a point.”

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Argentina professional footballer Lionel Messi statue has broken in half, with the upper body, arms and head in Buenos Aires. The statue was unveiled in June soon after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile.

The statue was placed on the Paseo de la Gloria walkway overlooking the River Plate was cut off at the waist leaving only the lower body and a ball.

The City Hall said that they do not know who was responsible for the motive for the damage.

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As per the reports, the city culture Secretariat said on Tuesday that “It was the victim of an act of vandalism. The city government is already working on repairs.”

Horacio Rodriguez Larreta unveiled the 29-years-old statue in a bid to convince Messi to overturn his decision to retire from the international duty and next to his shocking defeat to Chile in the Copa America.

The Barcelona forward, who has returned to the international duty for World Cup qualifiers in September, is extensively loved by his homeland.

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He does, but, have his critics, particularly those who are critical of his performances for Argentina, who have missed three major finals in two years, as well as in 2014 World Cup.

The walkway has statues of Argentine sports greats including racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, NBA basketball star Manu Ginobili, golfer Roberto de Vicenzo and tennis players Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini.

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On Monday, Portuguese professional football player, Cristiano Ronaldo said that he doesn’t see himself “becoming a coach” after picking up the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Speaking to FIFA following the presentation of the inaugural, Cristiano Ronaldo awarded as the top male player in football, he also won the Ballon d’Or at the end of 2016, admitted he couldn’t rule anything out.

As per the reports, Ronaldo gave the statement to FIFA’s official website “Very difficult…never say never. I don’t know what will happen in the future but at this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach.”

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Ronaldo’s stellar 2016 also included a Champions League and Club World Cup name with Real Madrid, and also winning the 2016 Euro with Portugal.

The 31-years-old cheered his team on from the seat in the final after leaving the match early with an injury. Those situations felt against France in the final were very hard to handle. Ronaldo said that despite appearances were lots of nervous after exiting in the 25th minute of his team’s 1-0 extra-time win.

The 35-years-old stated that “It was complicated. I started the game, but I didn’t finish. I was very nervous. I remember that I was in the dressing room. Then I went outside. I think my behavior speaks for me really. I don’t really have anything to say.”

“The images don’t lie. People can see how nervous I was. But I think it was a glorious day for Portugal.”

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When asked about his skill to control at the highest level of football after lots of years, he said “There’s no secret. It’s working strong and arduously. I’m playing for a team (Madrid) that gives me the possibility to be able to compete for these trophies. With Portugal also, I thought it was a sensational Euro.”

“I’ll return to saying again; it was a year of dreams – the collective performance, the individual performance, the team performance and the performance of the national team,” he added.

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On Wednesday, Mauricio Pochettino explained Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 wins against league leaders Chelsea as “massive” as he keeps up his record of never having lost a home derby after taking charge of the north London club.

The Argentine, who becomes weaken at the death last season in a first league title since in the year 1961 was an option. Argentine has won eight matches and drawn four of his 12 derbies at White Hart Lane except the latest were arguably the most impressive.

Club Chelsea has won 13 matches in a row and also a joint record in a single Premier League season, and one more would have matched Arsenal’s all-time series of 14 set over two campaigns.

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Antonio Conte, the managers of Chelsea side, have been unassailable as the start of October and victory would have placed them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Two Dele Alli headers either side of half-time, both from Christian Eriksen crosses, earned Tottenham a deserved victory that lifted them to third place, seven points behind Chelsea.

According to the sources, Pochettino said that “It is a massive victory, a very important three points to reduce the gap at the top of the table.”

He is more worried about his own team’s title chances than ending Chelsea’s long winning run; he said “It was a very tough game, we were playing one of the best teams in Europe, so the value of the victory is massive. It makes us very proud and we showed character and were competitive. It is one step forward for the team and it is important to keep going. Football is about belief.”

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“We have shown we can challenge for the big things. We are in a good position; Chelsea is in a very good position, but we are fighting to get points and to reduce the gap above us.”

He has scored two goals in each of Tottenham’s in the last three matches and also seven in his last four, Pochettino said “He is showing fantastic skills in front of the goal. He is a great player and one who has potential to improve. He was fantastic today again.”

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