Manchester Utd star wants Mourinho back at Old Trafford

Victor Lindelof admits he misses his former manager Jose Mourinho being in football, following his departure from Manchester United last season.

Mourinho has been out of managerial work since being sacked by United in December 2018, after he oversaw the club’s worst start to a campaign in 28 years.

The Portuguese, 56, has been linked to various roles in world football since then and Lindelof, who won the Swedish Golden Ball award for the second consecutive year this week, says he would like to see him back managing at the top level again in the future.

“He is, after all, one of the world’s best coaches and he is supposed to have a job at one of the biggest clubs. I miss him in football,” Lindelof told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

“He’s a great coach and a great person, whom I owe a great deal. It was he who gave me the chance here, who brought me into everything.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho was critical of Lindelof’s performance in United’s 2-0 defeat away at West Ham in September, claiming that the defender can be “bullied” by attackers and is weak in aerial battles.

The centre-half, who Mourinho signed from Benfica for £30m in 2017, was unfazed by the comments at the time, and maintains that he owes his ex-manager a debt of gratitude for bringing him to the Premier League.

“I have all the respect in the world for him and appreciate everything he has said and done for me, from scolding to a hug.

“Even if I did not agree, at the time… he has very great charisma, you had great respect for him.

“He’s won everything. When he says something, you listen.”

I need peace of mind to break my career limits – Mourinho

 

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Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho left Old Trafford in disappointment—and with a heavy heart—but the Portugal international knew there’s always time for everything. He has dreams and one of them is: a return to Inter Milan.

Speaking in public for the first time since leaving United, he revealed to Correio do Manha that it would be an honour to sign a contract with the Serie A giants.

‘A job with Inter?’ Mourinho grinned in excitement. ‘It’s always beautiful and positive when a player or coach returns to his former club…It’s a reminder of previous achievements and could be a second chance for something more challenging.’

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona coach continued, ‘At this time, I have no plan to relocate to Portugal—I don’t want to work at Benfica now…’

Mourinho, 55, explained that getting an offer from Inter means they appreciate his past performance and understand his worth as a football manager.

He continued, ‘This is a time for me to relax and privately assess my performance…I need to do a self-criticism on my experiences in recent years. And I need peace of mind for the next phase of my career.

‘Without the right frame of mind, it’ll be impossible for me to accept an offer from any club—even those that are closest to my heart,’ the Setubal-born football icon concluded.

According to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho has been a pundit for beIN SPORTS since leaving Old Trafford. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he worked for state-funded television station RT.

Thierry Henry tipped as next Bordeaux coach

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Former Arsenal player Thierry Henry will “most likely” become coach of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, according to sources close to the Ligue 1 club.

RMC Sport TV noted on Wednesday that Henry, who is regarded as one of the finest strikers ever, has agreed to contract terms with Bordeaux.

Henry, 41, currently holds position as the Assistant Coach of Belgium national team. He will replace Gus Poyet as Bordeaux boss after the former Uruguay international player attracted suspension for “unguarded protests.”

Poyet was suspended last week in the aftermath of his “bold comments” on the club’s transfer deals. He expressed discontentment at the sale his favored striker Gaetan Laborde to Montpellier.

However, RMC Sport says Poyet’s dismissal at Bordeaux remains “inconclusive” until the new American owners validate the agreement. A group of U.S. entrepreneurs reportedly agreed to buy the Ligue 1 club from M6 in July.

Henry enjoyed a fruitful football career with Barcelona and Arsenal. He holds record as France’s record goalscorer.

Alongside former teammate Patrick Viera, the father-of-one joined a list of former World Cup winners who later managed top-flight football in France following his appointment at Nice this season. Both players won the 1998 World Cup with France after beating Brazil in the finals.

Bordeaux are 6-time winners of the French league. Their last victory was in 2009, when Laurent Blanc (a 1998 World Cup winner) managed the football team.