Has Jose Mourinho taken Manchester United as far as he can?
Jose Mourinho shows the signs of strain as he watches his side crash to defeat at Liverpool
The Sky Sports pundit said that United's fortunes will only improve with a change of manager, with Mourinho having come to the end of his shelf-life at Old Trafford. 'Is it a team that is good enough to win the league? No. Is it a team that should be sixth in the league? No,' said Carragher of United. 'Is Mourinho getting enough out of the players? Nowhere near enough, and this is a top manager. I think the only way it will change is a change in the hotseat.'
Sportsmail's team of experts reveal whether they agree with Carragher by answering the simple question: has Mourinho taken United as far as he can? Read their answers below.
Mourinho has run out of ideas and excuses, and no longer has the support of the majority of his players. Compare the job he has done at United to Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at Manchester City and Liverpool in roughly the same period – or even the short-term improvements made by Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri at Arsenal and Chelsea – and the difference is embarrassing. Against Liverpool and City, in particular, United's shortcomings have been ruthlessly laid bare by their biggest rivals. The gulf is too great for Mourinho now. He looks and sounds like a beaten man who is just waiting to be sacked.
Mourinho actually did a good job in his first year at United. He gave the club some stability, took them in to the Champions League and allowed them to regather some self respect. But United now need to move forwards again and take a step towards being what they used to be. That won't happen under Mourinho and that has been apparent for some time.
Manchester United have fallen well behind Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp (right) under Mourinho
It's unfair to heap all the blame on Mourinho for the utter mess that Manchester United have become. The chief executive has little idea about what it takes to get a successful team on the pitch and the recruitment has been abysmal. Mourinho will leave at the end of the season, if not before. It is difficult to see where they go from here.
The transfer policy may not be great and there may well need to be changes in the structure of the boardroom, but the manager has to take ultimate responsibility. He has not developed the players he has and United appear to have moved backwards from last season. Agree a deal with Mauricio Pochettino to take over in the summer and let Michael Carrick guide them through the rest of the season, preferably playing their best attacking talent and youth.
Sadly it does appear that this is irreversible now and the last few weeks have had the feel of Louis van Gaal's final season. He did win a trophy that year of course and Mourinho will still be holding out hope of a decent cup run. But that he's thrown the towel in on penetrating the top three so early offers the biggest indication of how the United boss really believes this is going. He will quite rightly point to the club's erratic structure among other problems but nobody is blameless for where they find themselves.
Many of United's players are going backwards and Mourinho seems unsure of his best team
It's difficult to see a happy future for Mourinho with this set of players. They are going around in circles. It's hard to detect any real progress. If United have faith in him and want him to continue as manager they must yield on recruitment, sell those players he doesn't want and let him build his own team without commercial interference. If they do not want to concede the power, then it is time to identify a successor who can operate in this style and change as soon as possible.
The players simply aren't responding to him. You can't get rid of an entire squad, but you can do something different in hope of extracting more from the players. You see where I'm going with this. Footballers want to be inspired, want to learn, want to improve. They aren't under Mourinho. This going one way.
If Mourinho retained enthusiasm for the job then perhaps you would argue he should be afforded a chance to turn it around, given the respect his record deserves. But there is no enthusiasm, no energy or enjoyment. Look at Klopp and Guardiola, they are the heartbeat of their respective clubs and players and staff seem to feed off their zest and drive. Sadly, for United, they are in reverse under Mourinho. You can make all the arguments you like about the trophies he has won and a lack of support from the Old Trafford hierarchy, but believe your eyes - United are in a sorry state under Mourinho's management and he has to go.
Coach Michael Carrick (left) could step up and take charge temporarily if Mourinho departs
A serious football club would have made a change by now. What are they waiting for? 19 points behind the top, 11 off the top four, 36 shots conceded against Liverpool, star players in a huff. It is a mess, from the pitch to the dugout to the boardroom - and Mourinho is by no means the only problem - but he is certainly not the solution.
Evidently, Mourinho took United as far as he could when winning the Europa League by playing a stultifying brand of football to squeak past the continent's second-tier elite. There is no idea, no grand plan behind his work, just an arbitrary series of decisions from week to week. Against Liverpool he pulled Matteo Darmian out of the tombola, but it has been others before and there will be others to come, if he is not put out of his misery. He appears to have little love left for his job, reducing United to a reactionary mess of a team that occasionally spasms into life by virtue of good players going it alone. It is not ideal, but United could promote Michael Carrick for now and then try to get Pochettino in the summer.
Mourinho appears to have few supporters left after United's latest humiliation at Anfield
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o Venerato.</p><p>Instead Arsenal decided to go with Unai Emery after a successful two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain.</p><p> Arsene Wenger pointed to Carlo Ancelotti as his possible heir and successor on the Arsenal bench</p><p>“Arsene Wenger pointed to Carlo Ancelotti as his possible heir and successor on the Arsenal bench.</p><p>“Carlo Ancelotti, as you know, has his Canadian wife and their whole family lives in London.</p><p>“He was interested in following the evolution of the choices of the Gunners.</p><p>“Arsenal then chose Unai Emery and at that point Carlo Ancelotti signed for Napoli but did not forget that Arsenal rejected [the idea of him taking charge].”</p><p>Both Emery and Ancelotti have experience of winning titles, although the Italian did have previous experience in the Premier League after winning the title with Chelsea in 2010.</p><p>In the season before making the move to North London Emery had won the domestic treble with PSG, taking the Ligue 1 title, as well as both cups competitions in 2017-18.</p><p>It would have likely been a surprise to Wenger that the club didn’t follow his recommendation given what he had achieved while at the club.</p><p>Wenger, now 69 years old, managed Arsenal for 823 Premier League games and amassed 473 wins to 151 losses.</p><p>He also saw the Gunners score 1,549 league goals during his tenure at the club.</p><p>After taking charge in 1996 he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the double in both 1998 and 2002.</p><p>In Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal they currently lie fourth in the Premier League and are battling with Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea for the last two Champions League qualification spots.</p><p>As for Ancelotti, he has guided Napoli to second place in Serie A in his debut season. They currently have a healthy seven-point lead over third-placed Inter Milan but are 15 points behind league leaders Juventus.</p><p>Fans will get a chance to see if Wenger was right when the two managers will face each other in opposing dugouts in April as Arsenal take on Napoli to see who will progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
eague in 2019, appearing for a total of just 80 minutes in the English top flight.</p><p>Meanwhile on-loan striker Higuain - signed from Juventus in January - has started every league match despite scoring just once in his last five games, that coming against a porous Fulham.</p><p>In total, Higuain has returned just three goals in 10 games across all competitions but has yet to be dropped to the substitutes’ bench despite his disappointing goalscoring return.</p><p>Giroud’s only regular meaningful minutes have come in the Europa League and he scored a hat-trick last time out as Chelsea dumped Dynamo Kiev out at the last 16 stage.</p><p>The 30-year-old boasts nine goals altogether in Europe having only failed to find the net in one of his last seven matches as Chelsea seek to potentially book their berth in the Champions League via winning the competition.</p><p>Yet despite his form on the continent, Giroud has been left frustrated in domestic cup competitions.</p><p>The World Cup winner joined Chelsea from Arsenal 18 months ago in search of more consistent first-team football but has been starved of starts under Sarri this season despite appearing to boast a good connection with talisman Eden Hazard.</p><p>And Giroud insists his manager has not given him a fair opportunity this season.</p><p> I have the impression there is clearly no competition since January</p><p>Talking to French radio station RTL, the striker admitted on international duty: “Of course it's frustrating. I have the impression there is clearly no competition [for places] since January.</p><p>"It's like that, I know that I will only play in the Europa League. I try to do what it takes to be as effective and as important as I can for the team."</p><p>And Giroud has dropped a fresh hint that he may seek an exit from Chelsea in the summer, even in spite of Sarri’s uncertain future.</p><p>The player revealed that he cook seek a first return to his homeland since 2012, when he joined Arsenal from Montpellier.</p><p>Giroud added: “The future may be hectic this summer. </p><p>“I’m not afraid to go down a level to have more playing time. It could be I end my career in France."</p><p>But despite his complaints, Giroud’s manager Sarri insists he remains a key member of the squad.</p><p>Speaking after his treble in a 5-0 win in Kiev, Sarri said: “In the last period, every time he has been on the pitch, he was able to play really very well. He has scored nine goals in this competition.</p><p>"Olivier is, for us, a very important player. I am really very happy for him and for the hat-trick, and I am really very happy with him."</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
b in the summer as he has yet to commit his future to the Magpies.</p><p>However, after last week’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, the club’s Premier League status appears to be secure after reaching the safety of 35 points.</p><p>Now Newcastle's hierarchy want to look ahead to next season and are hopeful a deal can be agreed with the former Real Madrid boss.</p><p>Negotiations will centre on the club focusing on the discovery of youth players, who can increase in value and potentially be sold on, as well as Benitez’s demands that experienced players can still be signed, The Mirror claims.</p><p>Club owner Mike Ashley reportedly favours bringing in players under the age of 25 because if they improve their value then increases with the view to later selling the player on for a profit.</p><p>This was the case for Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino.</p><p>The 22-year-old was brought in the summer for £6.3million from Borussia Dortmund following a loan spell and after a successful few months in Newcastle was sold in January to Real Sociedad for £10.8m.</p><p>However, Benitez will no doubt point to the recent loan deal of 29-year-old striker Salomon Rondon, as a reason not to abandon experienced players in the transfer market.</p><p>Rondon has hit the ground running since his move from Championship promotion contenders West Brom and has equalled a career-high tally of nine Premier League goals with seven league games remaining in the season to add to his total.</p><p>They did however, finally set a new club transfer record with the January signing of Miguel Almiron for £21.6m from Atalanta United.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
ka Jovic as they attempt to jump to the front of the queue for the in-form striker.</p><p>Barcelona are preparing to make a £43million bid for Frannkfurt striker Luka Jovic (right)</p><p>Jovic scored for Serbia in their 1-1 draw with Germany in Wolfsburg on Wednesday evening</p><p>Jovic has been on loan at Frankfurt for the last two seasons and they already have a deal in place to sign him permanently this summer.</p><p>He only scored nine goals in 27 games last season, but has been in electric form this term, with seven goals in the Europa League and 15 in the Bundesliga.</p><p>Jovic has been in superb form this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions for Frankfurt</p><p>Barcelona watched him grab the winner in Frankfurt's recent Europa League win at Inter Milan</p><p>Barcelona want to find a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez and recently watched Jovic score the only goal in Frankfurt's away win at Inter Milan. </p><p>It is claimed that the Bundesliga club will demand up to £60m for the striker, who scored in Serbia's 1-1 draw with Germany on Wednesday night. </p><p>Barca have been conducting their summer busines early, signing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong in a deal worth up to £75m and Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo on a free transfer.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
d as an 'inspiration' and a 'bloody good journalist' following his death aged 47.</p><p>Mr Robertson, who leaves behind a wife and young daughter, worked for STV in Scotland before joining Sky Sports News as one of the founding reporters.</p><p>He regularly covered the Republic of Ireland and broke the infamous news that Roy Keane had been sent home from their training camp at the 2002 World Cup. </p><p>Sky Sports News presenter Fraser Robertson has been hailed as an 'inspiration' after his death</p><p>Mick McCarthy, who was manager of Ireland at the time of the tournament in Japan and is again now, said: 'It's very sad. I really feel for his family.</p><p>'He was a great lad. I used to laugh with him because he used to always end his reports with that 'Sky Sports News' line.</p><p>'I always repeated it to him any time I saw him. It's just very, very sad and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.'</p><p>Mr Robertson was described by ex-colleague Bryan Swanson as an 'inspiration', who added: 'Gutted we have lost Fraser Robertson at such a young age. </p><p>'A journalist with integrity, enthusiasm and who cared passionately about Sky Sports News. Rest in peace, Fraser, you were an inspiration.'</p><p>The journalist, who died from natural causes, was also praised by Newcastle United and Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, who said he was 'sorry' to hear the news.</p><p>He added: 'Did lots of interviews with him over the years. Great man. Way to young to pass, thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. RIP.'</p><p>Former colleague Adam Leventhal paid tribute to Mr Robertson, saying: 'So sad to have lost Fraser Robertson so young. </p><p>'A journalist always committed to the cause, digging and eager to get the stories. Full of energy off camera too and on the golf course. Thoughts with his family at a terrible time.'</p><p>And former Sky Sports presenter David Tanner and friend of Mr Robertson tweeted: 'I'm heartbroken that Fraser Robertson, my oldest pal in journalism, has died.</p><p>'We met at Napier Uni as kids and grew up together at STV & Sky. He's always been there, always wearing that big grin.</p><p>'A fine journalist with an eye for a story, never happier than when offering help to teammates: generously sharing his time, vast knowledge and ideas.</p><p>'Fraz loved sport & TV, working in both gave him structure in life, especially after his comeback from major illness. We've lost a lovely man. I can't believe he's gone and I'm so terribly sad for his family.'</p><p>Current Sky Sports Premier League presenter David Jones said: 'Desperately sad, and he was a bloody good journalist David.'</p><p>Mr Jones's colleague, Kelly Cates, who is also a Premier League presenter said: 'I'm so sorry to hear this David.</p><p>'He was a lovely man and a big part of those early Sky Sports News days. Thinking of you.'</p><p>And former Ireland striker Clinton Morrison tweeted: 'Rip Fraser Robertson such sad news.</p><p>'I will remember all the good chats and the laughs we had with Ireland for Sky Sports. You was a good man, you will be sorely missed.'</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
sion.</p><p>JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Perhaps the best, most spot-on and complimentary description of Kevin Willard came from someone who, when asked Wednesday about the Seton Hall coach, said, “I don’t know Kevin at all.’’</p><p>But this is what Mike Young, the coach of No. 7 seed Wofford, which plays No. 10 seed Seton Hall in the NCAA Tournament opening round Thursday night at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, does know about Willard from watching tape of his Seton Hall team:</p><p>“He makes you uncomfortable,’’ Young said. “And I admire that.’’</p><p>“We’re not supposed to be here,’’ Willard told The Post Wednesday.</p><p>Rebuilding turned into something much more ambitious thanks in large part to Willard’s inherent toughness, which has permeated his roster and turned the Pirates into one of the toughest outs in the NCAA Tournament.</p><p>A lot of that toughness came from Willard’s choice to play a killer non-conference schedule — one that even his father, venerable former collegiate coach Ralph Willard, questioned at the start of the season.</p><p>“When I saw the schedule they put together, I said to Kevin, ‘How could you put this schedule together this year?’ ’’ Ralph Willard told The Post. “I said, ‘It’s going to be so difficult on these kids. Half of these kids haven’t been in a significant college game before at this level.’</p><p>“I was not expecting this [NCAA Tournament berth]. I was hoping that he’d keep building on the culture he created and get ready for the following year, and let these kids get experience. I don’t know how he did it with the lack of experience these kids had.’’</p><p>Kevin Willard vividly recalled that conversation with his father.</p><p>“I think he said, ‘You’re effing crazy,’ ’’ Willard said. “He said, ‘You’re never going to get to 20 wins, and if you don’t get to 20 wins it’s a terrible year.’ I said, ‘Dad, it’s going to be tough, but I think this group has something in it that you don’t see yet. The more you’re around them the more you’ll see what I see.’ ’’ </p><p>Powell called Willard “a fighter,’’ and added, “He showed that with our non-conference schedule. Everyone was looking at our schedule and said, ‘These kids are not ready to play against those teams.’ But he threw us into the fire.’’</p><p>They responded with wins over Kentucky, which Seton Hall likely would play if it advances past Wofford, and Maryland as well as a close loss to Louisville.</p><p>“Coach Willard has done a great job with this program and a great job with us,’’ Powell said. “Mostly, he’s made us believe in ourselves.’’</p><p>Willard then took until his sixth season (same as Carlesimo) to get to the NCAAs and he’s now been four consecutive years.</p><p>“Seton Hall’s not a good team, it’s a good program,’’ Carlesimo said by phone. “That’s when you’re good — when kids come and go and graduate and move on and you’re still good. That’s what he’s got — a good program. That’s strictly Kevin and his staff.</p><p>“He had a couple years early on where people didn’t realize how good he was, what a good hire that was. Now there’s an identity to the program. Kevin has established that. It’s hard to get to the [NCAA] tournament once. It’s really hard to get to the tournament four times in a row. And in this case, with a totally different team, a dramatically different team.’’</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>MONTREAL — If all of this had happened earlier in the season, there would be a different feel, if not a different overall narrative for the Islanders.</p><p>Instead, they spent the first day of spring Wednesday reeling from one injury in particular that came at a very shallow position at a very difficult time. After losing center Valtteri Filppula for four weeks because of what is a presumed left shoulder injury, the club’s lack of depth down the middle has been exposed.</p><p>The ability to settle themselves will begin Thursday night against a desperate Canadiens team — but, at this point in the season, just about everyone is desperate. In the few times the Islanders have dealt with injuries so far this season, they showed depth at defense, wing, and goalie. But down the middle is a sore spot, not just at the NHL level, but organizationally.</p><p>The club looked to AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday and called up center Tanner Frtiz, but if this were baseball, the 27-year-old with 38 games of NHL experience would be considered in the realm of Quadruple-A. The most promising young center in the organization is 20-year-old Otto Koivula, but the raw 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Finland might not be ready for the big stage with just 59 games of AHL experience under his North American belt.</p><p>That is not inspiring for a team that theoretically has every bit the same chance to win the division as anyone else. But look around and swarming are the Capitals, the team Trotz led to the Stanley Cup last season, and the Penguins, still built around the core that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. The Islanders, now 7-7-1 in their past 15 games, feel like chum in the water.</p><p>They have proven people wrong all season, but the only difference is they can’t tread water until Filppula returns, because that would be into the first round of the playoffs. By the time he gets his legs, the season could be over.</p><p>“Obviously Fil has been really productive for us, a very useful player,” said Trotz, whose usage of Filppula has made team president Lou Lamoriello look rather smart for signing the 35-year-old to a one-year, $2.75 million deal. “I thought he was playing really well. We’ll miss him. But next guy will have to step up and get it done.”</p><p>If this injury had happened earlier, maybe Lamoriello would have acted differently leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline instead of standing pat. </p><p>If the inconsistency in play had hit, maybe Lamoriello would have more strongly considered moving at least one of his four big pending free agents — Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson or Robin Lehner. If the position in the standings were similar to what it is now, maybe Lamoriello would have considered adding depth to the most shallow position, with veteran center Brian Boyle having gone to Nashville in exchange for a second-round pick. </p><p>But Lamoriello held onto his free agents, and held onto his second-round pick (which is Calgary’s pick from the Travis Hamonic deal). Now the Islanders are left in this spot of wondering who is going to step up, or if this surprising season might be prematurely running out of gas.</p><p>“It’s got to be by committee, that’s how we’ve done it all year,” Trotz said. “Whoever is going to go into that spot will just have to get it done.”</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
is career at the Bernabeu despite the team struggling this season.</p><p>“I always thought about what would be better for me,” he said to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, when asked about playing with Messi.</p><p> I always thought about what would be better for me</p><p>Vinicius, who has scored seven goals in 15 La Liga appearances in his debut season for Madrid, revealed he was first contacted by a club from Europe when he was 16 years old.</p><p>According to Vinicius it was the Catalan giants who first made contact, followed by Los Blancos.</p><p>“The first call I received from a European club was at sixteen, although my father said that the things the press said were a lie,” Vincius added.</p><p>“First Barca and then Madrid. There everything started very well; I visited them and they told me the projects.”</p><p>“All the young players who came here ended up playing: Marcelo at 18, [Marco] Asensio played. Everyone ended up playing,” Vinicius said.</p><p>“I chose the best one. I would not have worn the Barca shirt. I was not at the Masia [Barcelona's academy], only my parents.</p><p>“Barca wanted to pay more, but we did not choose how much they would pay, but for the project. Marcelo and Casemiro spoke with me and helped me to choose Madrid.</p><p>“My family and I, we all wanted to play in Madrid and live in Madrid. They are all for Madrid. My father is for Vinicius FC.”</p><p>Vinicius is currently recovering from an ankle injury he picked up against Ajax in the Champions League.</p><p>Madrid went on to lose the game 4-1 and were knocked out of the competition after losing 5-3 on aggregate.</p><p>After the humiliation Madrid wasted no time in sacking Santiago Solari and brought back former boss Zinedine Zidane.</p><p>However, Vinicius will have to wait before being able to impress the French maestro as he is not expected to return to action until the beginning of May.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
nks Pogba should have simply said he's happy at Manchester United.</p><p>Pogba caused controversy on Wednesday as he spoke about a possible transfer to Madrid in a press conference.</p><p>Whilst out on French national team duty, he talked up the potential of a move to Los Blancos.</p><p>He insisted that it would be a dream to play for Real, and praised new manager and compatriot Zinedine Zidane.</p><p>The 26-year-old was linked with a move away from Old Trafford late last year while Jose Mourinho was in charge, but has shown massive signs of improvement since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over.</p><p>Speaking on ESPN FC, Nicol slammed Pogba for his comments, and likened the situation to if Harry Kane made similar comments.</p><p>“If Harry Kane did this we would be caning him,” he stated.</p><p>“It’s foolish. If any player thinks them turning around and saying ‘I love the club I’m at, and that’s where my future is’, if they think that’s going to change anything in the future, they’re fools.</p><p>“Regardless of what you say, if Real Madrid or Barcelona want you, they’ll find a way to do it.</p><p>“He’s obviously not the brightest if he’s coming out with that.</p><p>“It’s the simplest thing to turn around and say ‘I’m at the biggest club in the world right now, so why would I want to go anywhere else?’.</p><p>“It’s not as difficult as people are giving him credit for.”</p><p>Pogba has been involved in 20 goals in 27 Premier League games this season, more than last season’s total already.</p><p>The World Cup winner has recently been played in a more advanced role under Solskjaer, whereas he was utilised as more of a defensive-minded midfielder under Mourinho.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>
inner Frank Leboeuf after both stars recently flirted with summer transfers.</p><p>Griezmann and Pogba are currently in Moldova ahead of a Euro 2020 qualifying tie on Friday night, and have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent days.</p><p>On Wednesday, Pogba gave a press conference in which he was asked about his future, and stated that it would be “a dream” to play for Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.</p><p>Those comments were not received well by United fans, some of whom demanded on social media that the club sell the 26-year-old in the summer.</p><p>Griezmann, on the other hand, has reportedly changed his mind from last year and decided he now wants to leave Atletico Madrid.</p><p>The forward, who scored four goals in seven games at last summer's World Cup, caused controversy when ahead of the tournament he released a one-hour documentary on his future, only to snub a move to Barcelona in favour of signing a new contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.</p><p>He had been widely expected to swap Atletico for Barcelona, with an £88million deal proposed. It was even speculated that at the time the documentary aired, Barca chiefs did not know what he was planning.</p><p>But after Atletico were defeated by Juventus in the Champions League earlier this month, he has apparently turned heel and decided he wants to leave in order to compete at a higher level.</p><p> you have to be a little bit more persistent if you want to win trophies.</p><p>And Lebouf suggested that both Pogba and Griezmann planned their moves together.</p><p>“That guy made a one hour show telling us nothing,” he said of La Decision.</p><p>“Then, he gets out of the Champions League and says he wants to leave.</p><p>“The chairman asked him to help get some new players, like Thomas Lemar, but now he wants to leave.</p><p>“You have a goal, you want to achieve something with Atletico Madrid, you have to be a little bit more persistent if you want to win trophies.</p><p>“Just a week after you get out of the Champions League you want to go to Barca?</p><p>“That’s how you show love and respect to your club?</p><p>“It’s the same with Paul [Pogba], they were in the same bedroom with the national team, and they decided to go and mess up with the media and their own clubs.”</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>