MANCHESTER UNITED want to tie down Jose Mourinho to a new £65million five-year deal.
And the Red Devils boss is ready to sign — and make his time at Old Trafford the longest tenure of his career.
This basic wage will stay about the same but the Portuguese’s incentive package for trophies and league positions is set to rocket.
The final details are still to be agreed. Mourinho initially signed a three-year deal in the summer of 2016.
Despite the United board being convinced they had the right man, both sides were happy with the length of that contract to see how everything progressed.
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But United chiefs have been hugely impressed with the way Mourinho has turned the club around in less than a year-and-a-half.
Last season he made a huge connection with the United fans.
And he also claimed two major honours in his first season, the EFL Cup and Europa League.
United are currently joint top of the Premier League with neighbours City.
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And Mourinho is determined to not only get the title back to Old Trafford, but put United on top in Europe again, adding to the Champions League titles he won while in charge of Porto and Inter Milan.
Owners the Glazer family have made it clear they are willing to back him to achieve that.
His relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is also a strong one.
Woodward has had some difficult years having sacked two managers in David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
Now he is convinced United have the closest thing to Sir Alex Ferguson in the Special One.
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ONLY WAY IS UP FOR PREM NEW BOYS The three newly-promoted teams have been fantastic this season and are being rewarded for standing by the players that got them into the Premier League. On Saturday, Huddersfield boss David Wagner fielded six players on show who featured for them in the Championship. Brighton had seven and […]
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The three newly-promoted teams have been fantastic this season and are being rewarded for standing by the players that got them into the Premier League.
On Saturday, Huddersfield boss David Wagner fielded six players on show who featured for them in the Championship.
Brighton had seven and Newcastle had eight.
OK, all three teams have been a bit defensive but it is hard to be critical after the start they have made.
STOKE NEED STEEL
It has been a tough start to the season for Stoke in terms of fixtures.
They have very good technical players but now they need to battle.
Boss Mark Hughes was a wonderful footballer but he also had that fighting spirit. And he needs to instil that into his players.
The old saying is: “Can you do it on a cold, wet Tuesday night at Stoke?”
Well, Stoke players need to prove they can do it on a cold, wet Tuesday night at Stoke now.
TOON’S TEMPLATE FOR THE DEFENCE
Only the top three have conceded fewer goals than Newcastle this season.
And it is in large part thanks to Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, their two holding midfielders who screen the back four brilliantly. It is a good template for success.
Of Manchester City’s 32 goals this season, 23 have come in the second half.
It is a sign of how they grind teams down with their constant pressing and how well they keep the ball.
When you get tired the first thing that goes is your concentration.
And there can be nothing more tiring than trying to keep track of City’s runners.
BRAVE REFS REQUIRED
There has been a lot of debate about Bernardo Silva’s penalty. Was it a dive or not?
The problem we have is that unless a player goes to ground, penalties aren’t given. Until that changes, players will always make the most of any contact.
I’m not condoning diving but until refs are brave enough to play the advantage, allowing an attacker to stay on his feet and then bring it back and give a spot-kick if the attack comes to nothing, it won’t change.
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Everton ballboy pranks millions of TV viewers during 5-2 defeat to Arsenal at Goodison Park
EVERTON entertained Arsenal today at Goodison Park – but one ballboy decided he wanted to be the TV star. As Gunners star Alexis Sanchez took a corner, the cheeky lad took his moment to shine. He decided to play “the circle game” which will be familiar with millions of people around the world. Usually known […]
EVERTON entertained Arsenal today at Goodison Park – but one ballboy decided he wanted to be the TV star.
As Gunners star Alexis Sanchez took a corner, the cheeky lad took his moment to shine.
He decided to play “the circle game” which will be familiar with millions of people around the world.
Usually known as a childhood prank, one person makes an “OK” sign below their waist, and tries to get others to “look at it”.
If the sign is spotted, the guilty looker can expect to receive a punch to the arm or shoulder.
So that essentially means the boy can expect to hand out hundreds of thousands, if not millions of digs, to everyone who spotted his big performance.
He will have been delighted when Wayne Rooney scored a worldie after just 10 minutes, but less so when Arsenal fought back to take a lead.
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The lad may just about have outdone Watford’s Troy Deeney in the cheeky department.
The 29-year-old got to grips with a pitch invade at Watford’s 4-2 loss to Chelsea by grabbing his bum.
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Deeney – who questioned Arsenal’s balls last week – got a handful of rump at Stamford Bridge.
And it may have helped him forget about his side’s unlucky 4-2 defeat to Antonio Conte’s side, they at one point lead 2-1.
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Neymar sent off for PSG before Edinson Cavani rescues a point with stunning free-kick against Marseille
NEYMAR was sent off – the victim of shameless Marseille playacting – before penalty rival Edinson Cavani scored a stunning free-kick to rescue a point for PSG. The Brazilian’s first-half strike cancelled out Luis Gustavo’s opener before Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin put the home side ahead. But the former Barcelona man was cruelly stitched up […]
NEYMAR was sent off – the victim of shameless Marseille playacting – before penalty rival Edinson Cavani scored a stunning free-kick to rescue a point for PSG.
The Brazilian’s first-half strike cancelled out Luis Gustavo’s opener before Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin put the home side ahead.
But the former Barcelona man was cruelly stitched up by conman Lucas Ocampos – who hacked away at his legs until he fell over and then dived on the floor faking a facial injury – to get him his second caution.
But, with seconds remaining, Cavani, who was involved in a running battle with the world’s most expensive player over who takes spot-kicks at the club, smashed home a perfect set-piece.
Running battles between Marseille fans and the French police outside the stadium created a fierce atmosphere for the game dubbed the Classique.
And Neymar was pelted with litter every time he went to the Stade Veladrome touchline to deliver a corner.
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Marseille shocked the support-less visitors on 16 minutes when Brazilian Gustavo look a swipe at the ball from long range and found the back of the net.
Cavani had half-chances to equalise but was not able to convert them, leaving it to his penalty nemesis to grab the plaudits.
The former Barcelona man crashed home on 33 minutes after clever play from French youngster Adrien Rabiot who created the opener.
Marseille sent Clinton N’Jie – the Tottenham disappointment – on after 66 minutes to try to stretch the visiting defence and the gamble paid off.
The winger robbed Rabiot of the ball down the right wing and his instinctive whipped cross was met by Thauvin at the front post for a thumping volley.
The action on the pitch threatened to turn ugly in the final four minutes when Lucas Ocampos got Neymar sent off.
The Marseille man hacked away at Neymar until he went down and bounced back up to demand a foul.
As he got to his feet, his head brushed Ocampos and he went to ground like he had been tagged by a sniper, leaving Neymar picking up a second caution.
But – before he could even make his early bath – Cavani earned a free-kick and smashed it past Steve Mandanda and in off the crossbar.
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