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Manchester United plane arrives safely after getting ‘lost’ in China

theguardian.com — Manchester United arrived safely in Beijing after their plane got "lost" due to bad weather and had to be diverted to Tianjin as it flew to the Chinese capital on Saturday. Related: Paul Pogba not worth record fee to Manchester United, says Paul Scholes Memphis Depay tweeted a video of himself standing near the plane after it had landed in Tianjin, which is around 70 miles from Beijing.

Pep Guardiola dismisses suggestion he will not shake José Mourinho's hand

theguardian.com — Pep Guardiola has brushed aside any possibility of not shaking José Mourinho's hand when Manchester City play Manchester United on Monday, with the coach stating "we are polite guys". The Catalan's rivalry with the United manager was fractious when he was in charge of Barcelona and the Portuguese was the Real Madrid No1.

Adnan Januzaj reaches last chance saloon at Manchester United

theguardian.com — The Manchester United career of Adnan Januzaj, a former heir apparent to Ryan Giggs, is now in a last chance saloon as José Mourinho assesses whether to retain the forward. As United prepare to take on Manchester City in Beijing on Monday Januzaj is fighting for a future at the club which once seemed so bright.

Paul Pogba not worth record fee to Manchester United, says Paul Scholes

theguardian.com — Paul Scholes has questioned whether Paul Pogba is worth Manchester United paying a world-record fee to prise him from Juventus, with the former midfielder saying he is not in the same class as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. José Mourinho wants to make Pogba his fourth major signing of the summer to follow Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Wayne Rooney welcomes appointment of Sam Allardyce as England manager

theguardian.com — Sam Allardyce's first act as England's new manager was to inform his players that the time has come "to deliver", with this challenge readily accepted by Wayne Rooney. "I think it's a good appointment," Rooney said after Allardyce was finally released on Friday by Sunderland.

Wayne Rooney sees parallels between José Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson

theguardian.com — Wayne Rooney has compared José Mourinho to Sir Alex Ferguson, with Manchester United's captain relishing working under the Portuguese as he did when the Scot managed the club. Rooney said he joined United from Everton in summer 2004 because Ferguson was in charge and he won all but one of his major honours while playing for him.

Manchester United begin China tour with defeat to Borussia Dortmund

theguardian.com — As the arch-winner José Mourinho will be disappointed at this defeat, though a game played in stifling heat was never really about the result. The Manchester United manager had stated beforehand that the priority was for his new team to start the process of gelling, with zero focus on the opposition.

José Mourinho: ‘Ibrahimovic’s motivation is high and his body is amazing’

theguardian.com — José Mourinho was in relaxed mood as he gave his first in-depth interview as the Manchester United manager at the team hotel in Shanghai. The club is on its pre-season tour of China but he is already targeting United's 21st top-division title and is clear he wants to continue as manager beyond his three-year contract.

Is Sam the man for the England job?

theguardian.com — A Saturday evening in 1991 and Sam Allardyce is tramping the streets of Limerick with a priest. They are searching for local businessmen willing to help pay the wages of Limerick City footballers. It is difficult finding the £100 a week that keeps Allardyce's better players happy and it is a routine that manager Allardyce and the club chairman, Father Joe Young, will repeat through the season.

José Mourinho coy on Paul Pogba and hints at other options

theguardian.com — José Mourinho has said he has three different choices for his final major transfer, of which Paul Pogba is only one. Although the Manchester United manager did not directly name the Juventus midfielder, he was clear that Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, has been told of a trio of players for the position.
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