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Schneiderlin set for Everton Switch
Morgan Schneiderlin’s Manchester United career looks to be coming to an end after the Old Trafford club accepted a £22million offer for the Frenchman.
The midfielder has made just three substitute appearances for the Red Devils since Jose Mourinho took charge, and he is set to link back up with old manager Ronald Koeman in search of regular first-team football.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 10, 2017
The deal is very close to the amount United originally paid for the former Southampton man 18 months ago, so considering the player has been surplus to requirements this season, the deal represents an excellent piece of business by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
“I am sad and happy, sad because I like him and he could be an option for us, happy because this is what he wants, to play every game and be important in the team,” said Mourinho following his side’s 2-0 EFL Cup win over Hull City.
“[He is a] great professional. Fantastic boy, very honest, very open and he opened his heart a couple of times and my answer is simple: if he’s playing regular with me I have the right to say no way, if he’s not playing regular I have no right to tell a player that if he wants to be happy you’re going nowhere.”
Man Utd take control of EFL Cup semi-final
Despite being frustrated for long periods during the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie by a dogged Hull, United seized control following second-half goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.
Jose Mourinho’s men dominated possession and had 21 shots at goal but Hull — the second match under Marco Silva’s management — put in a determined defensive display while venturing forward themselves on occasion too, with Robert Snodgrass proving dangerous from set-pieces.
When the two sides meet again in two weeks time at the KCOM Stadium, the Tigers will have to show everything they offered last night and more if they are to stand any chance of overturning the two-goal deficit.
Mourinho calls out fans
Speaking after his side’s victory, Mourinho called on the Old Trafford faithful to ‘come to the pitch and play with us’ during Sunday’s crunch clash with Liverpool.
The Theatre of Dreams was relatively quiet for spells of their semi-final win versus Hull, but the Portuguese manager said that when United ‘don’t play with great intensity it is normal that the fans are not so vocal.’
“Everybody likes big games — players, managers, fans. Everyone loves big matches so let’s go for that one on Sunday.”
Terry loses red card appeal
Chelsea have lost in their bid to have the red card John Terry picked up in the FA Cup against Peterborough United on Sunday overturned.
Referee Kevin Friend sent off the former England captain after he was deemed to be the last man following a foul on Peterborough’s Lee Angol.
It was Terry’s first start since October and now means he will be unavailable for the trip to Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.
Bournemouth enquire about Terry loan
The Chelsea captain has struggled for playing time under new boss Antonio Conte this season, a situation Bournemouth are hoping they can take advantage of.
The south coast club has enquired about taking the 36-year old on loan for the rest of the season, and Eddie Howe’s side could do with an additional defensive option following the recall of Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge.
Stoke bid for Berahino
Stoke City are the latest club rumoured to be ready to end Saido Berahino’s West Brom nightmare.
The 23-year old hasn’t played in the Premier League for the Baggies since September, and will be desperate to resurrect a career that had seemed so promising when he first burst onto the scene.
Sky Sports understands the offer to be less than the £20million offered by Tottenham in the summer of 2015, but considering how far the striker’s stock has fallen since then it might be that his valuation has too.