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Mourinho signs contract extension at Manchester United

LONDON: Jose Mourinho has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until at least 2020, the club said on Thursday, putting an end to rumours he is unhappy at Old Trafford. Mourinho became the first United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup last year, and he also led the club to victory in the Europa League, the only competition they had never won. But this season they are a distant second in the Premier League to Pep Guardiola's…

Mourinho confident Sanchez will sign

LONDON: Jose Mourinho believes Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will sign for Manchester United, he said on Saturday. Sanchez is set to move to United in a blockbuster deal that will reportedly make him the Premier League's highest paid player. United will reportedly pay £35 million (39.6 million euros, $48.5 million) for Sanchez, a £20 million transfer fee to Arsenal and £15 million to the player's agent Fernando Felicevich. United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is said to have agreed to join Arsenal as part of the deal.…

Rooney arrives at court to face drink-driving charge

LONDON: Former England captain Wayne Rooney arrived at court on Monday to face a drink-driving charge. The Everton striker, 31, made no comment as he was confronted by a media scrum outside Stockport Magistrates' Court in the northwest of England. Wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets, he walked into the court building accompanied by a small entourage. Rooney was charged after being stopped by police while driving a black Volkswagen Beetle at 2:00 am on September 1. The car belonged to a woman he had met…

Wayne Rooney announces end of England career

MANCHESTER: Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from the England national team on Wednesday, ending a 14-year stint in which he became the country's top goalscorer with 53 goals. Rooney said he had made the decision despite being told by England manager Gareth Southgate that he would be recalled to the squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers. "It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that," the…

Rooney rejoins Everton from Manchester United

LONDON: England and Manchester United's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney completed a move back to his first club Everton on Sunday. The 31-year-old -- who had become a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho last season -- signed a two year contract on a free transfer according to the BBC bringing the curtain down on 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford. Rooney -- whose move comes the day after United announced they had agreed terms with Everton over buying their leading scorer Romelu Lukaku -- will hope the switch also…

Terror attacks not Islam: Pogba

LONDON: The world's most expensive footballer Paul Pogba says the four terror attacks that have killed dozens and left scores injured in England this year have nothing to do with religion. The 24-year-old Manchester United star -- who is Muslim and went on a pilgrimage to Islam's holiest site in Mecca after the end of the season -- told the latest issue of Esquire magazine people must not give in to terror. The French international -- who also lost his father Fassou in May -- was inspirational in the Europa League…

Amsterdam on ‘high alert’ as 120,000 watch Ajax v Man Utd

AMSTERDAM: Police were on high alert in Amsterdam Wednesday after the Manchester attack, as more than 120,000 people streamed to the Dutch capital to watch Ajax take on Manchester United in the Europa League final. The match was being shown live from the Stockholm Friends Arena on a giant screen set up in Amsterdam's famous Museum Square. But hours before kick-off, police warned the square was already full and they were closing it to all new-comers. Shortly afterwards, they appealed to fans to stay away from the…

Manchester attack scars Europa League final

MANCHESTER: Manchester United's preparations for Wednesday's Europa League final were plunged into sadness on Tuesday after a bomb attack at a Manchester pop concert killed 22 people and injured dozens more. United manager Jose Mourinho led his players in a solemn minute's silence on the club's Carrington training pitches to the west of Manchester city centre. United were due to fly to Stockholm, scene of the final, later on Tuesday, but the club cancelled their pre-match press conference scheduled to take place at the…

Ibrahimovic strikes twice as Manchester United clinch League Cup

LONDON: Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved his hunger for silverware has not diminished with age as the Swede's double earned a 3-2 win over Southampton in an absorbing League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday. After a stirring Saints fightback revived memories of their shock 1976 FA Cup final victory over United and with extra time looming, the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic pounced to head Ander Herrera's cross past goalkeeper Fraser Forster. His 26th goal of the season in all competitions followed a sublime…

Manchester United extend unbeaten run with 3-0 Leicester rout

LEICESTER: Manchester United continued their push for a top-four finish with a comfortable 3-0 victory at champions Leicester City on Sunday, extending their unbeaten Premier League run to 15 games. Henrikh Mkhitaryan open the scoring with a cool finish after he galloped onto Chris Smalling's header in the 42nd minute and, with Leicester's defence still recovering, Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a second two minutes later. Juan Mata stroked home their third goal after some delightful link up play with Mkhitaryan in the 49th…