Mourinho adamant United´s top-four hopes are not dead

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United’s top-four hopes are not
“dead” but recognises that the Red Devils must stop dropping
points at Old Trafford to qualify for the Champions League via
their Premier League standing.

United, who can also make Europe’s premier competition by
winning the Europa League, were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw
against 10-man Bournemouth in an event-filled contest on
Saturday, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing a second-half penalty.

It was the 10th time United have drawn in the league this season
and the seventh at Old Trafford.
Fourth-place Manchester City are three points ahead of their rivals
with a game in hand, but Mourinho says all is not lost providing
United turn draws into wins.

“Are we dead in relation to the top four? No. We are not dead,”
Mourinho told reporters.

“There are matches to play, points to win, points to lose, points
to fight for.

“But the reality is we are losing too many points at home. If you
look at the points we have lost at home – all the matches where
we draw – if you accumulate these points, you are thinking about
10 or 12 and, with these points we would not just be speaking
about the top four, we would be speaking about the top two or
the top one.

“These matches at home against Hull [City], Burnley,
Bournemouth, Stoke [City], it is more of the same. We play well,
we start well, we have one chance in the first minute and another
in the third or fifth minute.
But then their goalkeeper gets
confident and he is eventually the man of the match.”

It felt like Arsenal were not ready

An angry Hector Bellerin felt his Arsenal team-mates were not ready for battle as they suffered defeat at the hands of top-four rivals Liverpool
on Saturday.

Arsenal fell to a demoralising 3-1 defeat at Anfield that leaves them
fifth in the Premier League having lost four of their last six
matches across all competitions.

The Gunners were two goals down at half-time thanks to goals
from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and although Danny
Welbeck pulled one back after the restart their defeat was
confirmed when Georginio Wijnaldum sealed victory late on.

Bellerin – who played the full 90 minutes – felt the motivation
within Arsenal’s team was short of what is required.

“In the first half it didn’t feel like we were ready and then we went
2-0 down,” Bellerin told the club’s website.

“We are very frustrated with how the game went. After the
tough weeks we have had, the team should have gone onto the
pitch, motivated and ready from the start.

“We need to realise that it is just not the way to go. We need to
push harder, to start the games with a better attitude and just go
for it because we showed that when we go for it and want
something, we can do it.”

“We need to push harder, to start the games with a better
attitude and more desire.

The 21-year-old added: “It doesn’t matter about the other team,
when we have the ball and push hard, we can score goals. It is
up to us to start the games with that desire, that motivation, and
then we can get good results.

“We got one goal back and had a chance to make it 2-2, but
sometimes it is too late. We just need to start the games better.

Arsenal are back in action on Tuesday as they look to come back
from a 5-1 mauling in the first leg of their Champions League tie
with Bayern Munich.

Guardiola lauds “angry” Aguero

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola talked up the “unbelievable” Sergio Aguero and lauded the forward for
showing emotion.

The Argentina international was praised by Guardiola after
scoring a brace in a 5-1 win over Huddersfield Town in the FA
Cup on Wednesday.

An in-form Aguero has been needed by City with Gabriel Jesus
injured, and the double took his tally to 22 goals in all
competitions this season.

Speaking ahead of a trip to Sunderland in the Premier League on
Sunday, Guardiola said he liked what he was seeing from

“I love the way he plays,” the Spaniard said.

“I love how he was angry for the decisions for example with the
referee, how he reacted. How he made the transitions when he
lost the ball.

“Now he’s scoring goals in the way that we play. So that is why I
said it was the best performance.”
Guardiola added: “He was shouting when he was not happy with
one pass.

“When this happens, you are in the game, we are in the game,
after that you have two chances. You are aggressive in the
penalty, your first touch is good, your first control is good.
“And when this happens Sergio is an unbelievable player. Not
just in the box, in all the terms, that’s why we were so happy
and I know he was so happy.”

Kane tipped to beat Lukaku in golden boot race

Harry Kane has been tipped to win the Premier League golden boot by Tottenham team-mate Ben
Davies as he prepares to do battle with one of his top rivals for
the honour in Romelu Lukaku.

Everton host second-placed Spurs at Goodison Park on Sunday
as the two strikers sit level with Alexis Sanchez at the top of the
scoring charts on 17 league goals.

Davies feels Kane has the “selfish” qualities a top striker needs and
thinks he is a good tip to come out on top of a battle that also
includes Sanchez, Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Harry is a massive player for us,” Davies told reporters. “I don’t
see why he won’t win the golden boot. He has got the drive and
the determination to try and do it.

“He has got every opportunity – with the games coming up we
have got to win matches, so hopefully the goals will come from
him. He scores so many he has trouble celebrating them all!

“His mindset is purely scoring goals, which you don’t see too
much of in the game now. You have to be selfish to score goals
to be a top striker.

“With Harry he wants to play in every minute of every game to
give himself the chance to score the goals. For us as a team it is
great to have someone like him.

“It is purely his motivation – to score goals – and if you ask any
player, it is that great feeling. That selfishness to score goals and
help the team at the end of the day is invaluable to us.

“But Lukaku is a top player, I have played against him a few times
now and he is always a serious handful. He is a strong boy in
top, top form, so it is up to us at the back to do a job on him.”

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The match will see Kane come in direct competition with Ashley
Williams, Davies’ former team-mate at Swansea City.

“They are both top players,” added the Spurs left-back, who is
enjoying a first-team run in the absence of injured Danny Rose.

“I have played with Ash for years now and he is a top, top
defender – for him his first job is defending, not playing out of
defence or anything else, none of the ‘nonsense’, as he would call

“It is going to be a tough game for Harry but I can see him doing
it against any defender in the game so Ash will be up for a tough
game. Hopefully Harry can come out on top for us.”