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Jose Mourinho: Eric Bailly dropped because he is not going to World Cup

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said that Eric Bailly has been left out of selection in the past few weeks because Ivory Coast have not qualified for the World Cup.

Mourinho added that he was obligated to give his other four central defenders the chance to shine, because Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelöf are all striving to win a place in their national squads for Russia.

The Portuguese manager also denied reports of a rift or possible sale after Bailly has not played since the Manchester derby a month ago.

“There is no situation, Eric is fine,” he said. “In all honesty my work is not about the World Cup and preparing players for their national teams. I try to be a good team manager and that means being a little bit cold and selfish at times, but I am not as bad as all that and I still have space for a little bit of feeling.”

“If I have to make an emotional choice then Eric is the one I am not going to help. The other four are all fighting for a place.”

United will visit Brighton on Friday night with the home side knowing a victory would make Premier League survival mathematically certain, though Mourinho believes Chris Hughton has already done enough to keep his side up.

“Chris has done a very good job and all he needs to turn that into an amazing job is for safety to be mathematically confirmed,” he said. “Personally, I think Brighton have enough points already.”

Mourinho will also have the opportunity to give Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford a rare start in the middle, because Romelu Lukaku is in Belgium for treatment on an ankle injury in an effort to be fit for the FA Cup final http://sportsnowadays.comon 19 May.

“They have had limited opportunities because Romelu has been playing so well but I trust them both,” he said.

Ryan Giggs: Wales coach urges Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid

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Ryan Giggs has urged Gareth Bale to resist any offers from Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and stay with Real Madrid.

Giggs, 44, spent his whole playing career at United and made a record 963 appearances, but he does not believe that the former Tottenham forward — who this week became his country’s leading scorer — should leave the Bernabeu despite Mourinho’s strong interest.

“It’s Real Madrid – there are only a handful of clubs who have got that aura,” Giggs said. “Of course you would want to stay there. What’s Gareth won, three Champions League titles? The proof is in that. When you are at clubs like that, you are always going to win things. Gareth has the ability to score every type of goal and there are similarities with Cristiano Ronaldo. They both started out as wingers and they are now goalscorers.”

Giggs’s spell as Wales manager started with a 6-0 win over China, inspired by a Bale hat-trick, but he acknowledges he has plenty to learn and has singled out Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and the England rugby union head coach, Eddie Jones as his role models.

“I spoke to a lot of managers in the time I was out of the game,” said Giggs. “I was busy and always watch other sports. I was in between Conte and Eddie at a charity dinner and I was constantly trying to talk to them. That was a nightmare actually as Eddie was trying to ask me questions about Sir Alex Ferguson and I wanted to get everything out of him.”

Giggs spent four games in interim charge of Manchester United after David Moyes was sacked and found it an enlightening experience.

“I learned a lot about how lonely it was when I was United manager,” he said. “When you shut the door of your office and everyone else has gone home, you’re on your own.

“It’s good to have people around and you want those people to be the ones you trust, but it can still be a lonely place. Ultimately you’re the boss and you have to make the decisions.”

Bale will feature for the Welsh team again as Giggs’s men would play Uruguay in the China Cup final, after South American nation beat the Czech Republic by 2-0 on Friday with goals from Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Marcus Rashford double overcomes Liverpool at Old Trafford

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Marcus Rashford scored twice on his recall to the Manchester United starting XI to give Jose Mourinho’s side the full three points through 1 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils opened the scoring when Romelu Lukaku’s header from David de Gea’s clearance found Rashford charging into the visitors’ box, and the 20-year old cut inside Trent Alexander-Arnold before firing into the bottom corner.

Lukaku also contributed to United’s second as he held up the ball from another goal-kick before feeding Juan Mata and, although he could not get a shot away, the ball fell for Rashford to score via a slight deflection from Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool were second best in every department, could have fallen further behind even further when Juan Mata volleyed acrobatically from an Alexis Sanchez cross, although the Spaniard hit it wide.

Jurgen Klopp’s side improved dramatically after the break but even with United defending deep, the visitors cranked up the pressure without ever really opening up their hosts.

Furthermore, it took an own goal for the Reds to reduce the deficit when Eric Bailly turned Sadio Mane’s cross past De Gea while attempting to clear at the near post.

However, Mourinho’s win was marred and criticized as a largely defensive display in which they had just 32% of possession and two shots on target, but Jose Mourinho added that he “doesn’t care” whether people think his Manchester United side deserved the victory.

“It was a complete performance by us with two different halves,” Mourinho said. “If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care. I am a bit tired, we have a match on Tuesday. I don’t care what people say. The boys are happy, I’m happy.”

“The second half it was not our intention to be as defensive as we were. Liverpool pushed us back but I don’t remember the chances that needed David de Gea to make the goal safe. I don’t remember a dangerous situation to our goal. It was control by them having the ball and control by us without the ball. I think we deserved the three points.”

Jose Mourinho says Marcus Rashford is progressing despite bench role

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that forward Marcus Rashford progress this season is pleasing even in the face of what the Portuguese has described as unrealistic expectations.

Rashford, 20, has scored 11 times in 40 appearances.

This meant that the forward has already equalled his tally of goals for the last term, which came in 52 games, and seems certain to continue to improve his season-by-season tally after eight in 18 appearances in his debut campaign of 2015-16.

Mourinho had previously stated that this season would feature a step-change in performance from Rashford following what can often be a challenging second season in the first team.

“At his age, what he’s doing is more than enough and the experience he’s getting at every level is more than enough for us to be happy with what we think is going to be his future. It’s as simple as that.”

“But because he had such an impact at the beginning, probably people expect him to play even more than he does, and score even more than he does and perform even more than what he does but it is not so simple. What I see makes me really happy, to see the same boy.”

Mourinho also claimed that he believes Rashford’s prospects of selection by England for Russia 2018 will be unaffected by not being a regular, although he also would not offer the youngster any assurances regarding his status.

“It’s up to Gareth Southgate,” the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager added. “If he trusts him, he selects him. It doesn’t matter if he plays or if he doesn’t play for Manchester United.”

“No, I don’t reassure anyone. The main reassurance is that he is always selected. There is not one single match when Marcus is not selected to start or to be on the bench.”

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to leave United in the summer, Rashford may be offered more game time as a stand-in to Romelu Lukaku at centre-forward.