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Alan 12:04 Mon Oct 1
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is worried about his future at Old Trafford, and is convinced club officials have sounded out Zinedine Zidane after receiving a phone call from the former Real Madrid boss. (Sun)

However, former France international Zidane is in contention to become the new chief executive of Juventus. (Tuttosport, via Express)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, said he wanted the team to attack more following a draw with Wolves, but when asked to comment after the defeat at West Ham the France international said: "You want me dead?" (Times - subscription required)

The uncertainty around Mourinho's position at United means 12 players are unsure of their futures as they enter the final year of their contracts. (Mirror)

The Portuguese manager has run out of patience with United's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 27, says the club's players need to get used to being substituted "otherwise you had better leave". (Guardian)

Argentina legend Diego Maradona has told Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 31, to retire from international football. (Express)

Manchester City will wait before offering 18-year-old English midfielder Phil Foden a new five-year deal worth about £250,000 a week. (Star)

Meanwhile, City manager Pep Guardiola has warned the club's Germany winger Leroy Sane, 22, not to lose focus. (Sun)

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, is not looking to turn his loan move to Valencia into a permanent deal because the Belgium international wants to return to Stamford Bridge "a better player". (Times - subscription required)

Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 29, is hoping to be named as Chelsea's permanent captain, although 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard is also a candidate. (Telegraph)

Chelsea believe Maurizio Sarri's relaxed management style will be crucial in persuading Hazard and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, both 27, to sign new contracts. (Goal)

Scouts for Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham watched Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23, during the 4-1 victory over Genoa. (Mirror)

AC Milan, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer before the 33-year-old Portugal forward joined Juventus from Real Madrid. (El Mundo, via Marca)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will take the entire squad and manager Rafael Benitez out for a meal in an attempt to rebuild relationships. (Mail)

England's management staff are impressed with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 19. Rice, who has Irish grandparents, has played three times for the Republic of Ireland but can switch allegiance. (Mail)

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock praised Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart following Cardiff's 2-1 defeat by the Clarets on Sunday - but added the 31-year-old should forget about an England recall. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he has sympathy for Egypt striker Mohamed Salah, and that the 26-year-old is working hard to find his best form. (ESPN)

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Barry Glendenning

Another weekend, another poor Manchester United performance and inevitably – and yes, we’re bored too – another raft of speculation regarding the mushroom cloud gradually forming in the sky over Old Trafford. Since last we met, Manchester United had their collective derrière handed to them by West Ham at the London Stadium, prompting more hand-wringing, chuntering and speculation over what’s going on and what’s likely to happen next. A little under a month ago, José Mourinho said he didn’t think he was in danger of losing his job and joked that it would cost United too much money to sack him, but now he is reported to be convinced his employers have sounded out Zinedine Zidane as a potential successor behind his back. The former Real Madrid manager is currently out of work, but is understood to be mulling over an offer to become technical director at Juventus. As expected, United have dismissed as nonsense the very notion that Zidane has been approached.

While securing his own future (or lucrative pay-off) is likely to be Mourinho’s primary concern, the confident 55-year-old is also fed up with the negligible contribution Alexis Sánchez has made to his squad since joining from Arsenal in January. The Chilean, who trousers £500,000 per week at United, is reported to have been furious at being left out of United’s squad on Saturday and is said to have told his former Arsenal teammate, the West Ham striker Lucas Pérez, that he regrets joining the club.

In pointed post-match comments on the subject of his decision to pick Anthony Martial ahead of Sánchez, Mourinho appeared to not only question Sánchez’s lack of “genuine humility”, but did so with an almost endearing and total lack of self-awareness. Mourinho is ready to offload Sánchez, but will almost certainly face resistance from employers who will struggle to find anyone to match the playmaker’s wages and may have already decided that cutting their manager loose is an easier option.

With just one goal to his name so far this season, Álvaro Morata may be moved on from Stamford Bridge in January if Chelsea can find somebody interested in his services and willing to pay his £140,000 per week wages. His former club Juventus have been mentioned as one potential destination, while both Inter and Milan expressed interest in bringing him back to Italy during the summer.

Following the news that Aaron Ramsey will not be offered a new contract by Arsenal, Liverpool are being mooted as potential suitors, while other gossips would have you believe Manchester City might break the world transfer record to bring Kylian Mbappé to the Etihad from Paris Saint-Germain.

Elsewhere, John Terry is rumoured to be reconsidering his decision not to sign for Spartak Moscow after being pictured at their 1-0 defeat by Rostov in the Russian capital on Sunday. The former Chelsea skipper was also spotted enjoying some Ryder Cup action in Paris on Friday, but it is not clear whether he intends to compete on the US or European Tour.

And finally, expect Unhappy Meals all round at the Newcastle branch of McDonald’s, now it has emerged skinflint owner Mike Ashley intends to bring his disaffected Newcastle squad and their manager Rafael Benítez out for a meal and accompanying peace talks. The Newcastle owner and his manager haven’t spoken to each other for four months, according the Newcastle Chronicle, but may break bread in the coming days.


Yarmolenko and squad ‘injury’ update

Andriy Yarmolenko looks certain to be fit for the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday despite leaving the action early against Manchester United.

He was involved in a heavy challenge against during the second half and looked to be struggling for a while beforehand.

The Ukranian went down – and stayed down – for some time after the clash and looked to be carrying a problem before Manuel Pellegrini made the change.

He was subbed for Michail Antonio but we have learned this morning that he and the rest of the team which enjoyed a great victory should be okay for the match on the south coast.

A CandH source explained; “It looked worse than it was. Thankfully, everybody looks fine and should make it if selected!

“There were one or two bumps and bruises but there are no major issues and thankfully Yarmolenko will almost certainly be involved along with the others.”


For those who don't know... THIS is the West Ham way

West Ham played with rich quality at high speed against Manchester United
This is the true West Ham way, but fans will want to see more of it again soon
Manuel Pellegrini deserves the plaudits for masterminding Saturday's victory

By Lee Clayton

For once all that us West Ham fans had to moan about is that there was nothing to moan about.

The running track, the gin and tonic bars, the stewarding, the board, the popcorn feel of an athletics bowl. Who cares?

For those who don't know, THIS is the West Ham Way. Cavalier football, played with rich quality at high speed — well done, Mr Pellegrini. Now, can we have some more soon?

The manager has overseen a transformation from the dishevelled outfit from the suddenly distant early days of this season to a side throbbing with energy and attacking menace. They were the only team here who looked as if they knew what they were doing.

From one to 11 in old money, West Ham were superior. Mark Noble, appearing as Andrea Pirlo for an afternoon up against a midfield of giants, was the stand-out performer, although there were plenty of contenders.

No-legs Noble? Ask Paul Pogba, the ambling World Cup winner, who couldn't get close to West Ham's captain.

Manuel Pellegrini has put legs around Noble and made use of a heart the size of a double portion of pie and mash.

There were two sublime creative passes that led to goals too. It was puzzling that United did not react and close him down at all. Either confused, muddled tactics, or just lazy.

One chap who sits close to us in the East Stand found something to grumble about. 'Shame, isn't it?' he said at half-time with West Ham leading 2-0.

'That's not Manchester United. We've seen some great teams over the years. But how many of their players would you swap based on that?' He had a point. West Ham had three.

The Boot Room

Felipe Anderson performance shows West Ham what they have and what Manchester United are missing

The West Ham attacker so nearly became a Manchester United player.

By Mathew Nash

West Ham United put in a fantastic performance this weekend, to pick up a 3-1 win against Manchester United. It was a result that has left Jose Mourinho on the brink and continues West Ham’s resurgent form.

One of the stars of the game was Felipe Anderson.

The Brazilian opened the scoring with a delicious close-range flick. He went on to have a brilliant game, tormenting the fragile Manchester United defence throughout the game.

Anderson was considered a massive coup from West Ham in the summer. The Hammers paid a reported £35 million, rising to £41.5 million, to bring the attacker from Lazio.

However, Anderson was heavily linked with Manchester United for a long time prior to his eventual Hammers switch.

Louis van Gaal was often linked with bringing in the Brazilian during his time at Old Trafford.

However, after Jose Mourinho took over, that interest appeared to dry up. Anderson appeared to try and stir it back up in 2017, telling Sport TV of his United dream, as relayed by The Independent.

“Every player dreams of playing for a team like United. After my season that was very good in the second year, there has always been a lot of speculation.

“If an opportunity shows up, or when I present myself at Lazio, I have to present myself very well.”

But now, he is playing for an entirely different United. He is now looking more like the talent that West Ham had hoped and, at one point, had Old Trafford’s vultures circling.

Fans will hope the Hammers star can continue to highlight why such an illustrious team was linked so heavily with his signature.

Football London

Arsenal legend explains why West Ham star Marko Arnautovic was unstoppable against Man United

By Greg Johnson

Martin Keown has hailed Marko Arnautovic as one of the best strikers in the Premier League after his starring role in West Ham's 3-1 victory over Manchester United at London Stadium.

The Austria international was at the heart of everything the Irons did well in attack during the game. He ran at defenders, offered an outlet as the target man, pinned and dragged the centre-backs, came deep to link the play and made runs in behind to open up the visitors on the break.

It was impressive how much influence he wielded on the pitch on his first return from an injury that had kept him sidelined since he scored for the Hammers in their 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park earlier this month.

He scored the third, decisive goal for the hosts to put United down after Marcus Rashford grabbed a consolation in the second half but was involved throughout the match, bringing others into play or trying to make something happen himself.

Speaking as a pundit on BBC Sport's Match of the Day programme, Keown spelled out why defenders hate playing against Arnautovic and what made him so potent in the win at the London Stadium.

"He's so powerful and strong and really in the mood," said the former Arsenal defender. "He seems to be happy now [at West Ham].

"You think back to the players they've had in the past. Di Canio. Tevez. He's up there. He's that focal point. He's the fan idol.

"You look at strikers now in the Premier League and he's up there with the best of them."

Keown listed off the qualities he showed against United as Chris Smalling, Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof were left unable to cope with his presence in the final third.

"He makes winning runs," he continued. "He has that confidence now. They can go into him. They can feed him. He protects the ball, stretches a strong paw out and pushes his opponent off him.

"If you're going to get tight to him you better be quick because boy is he quick. He's willing, showing, full of imagination with his flicks but it's his power, really. The strength that he has."

Mark Noble released the forward with a wonderfully weighted through ball to find the back of the net, playing him in for a one-on-one with David De Gea between the sticks for the visitors.

"For his goal, it was really clever for Arnautovic," said Keown. "There's a massive gap between the central defenders. He gets back onside. He could also walk it in there it's such an opportunity and he has the calmness to put it away."

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gph 10:19 Mon Oct 1
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Mourinho slating Sanchez for a lack of humility is a fucking gem.

Thanks, Alan

Russ of the BML 1:06 Mon Oct 1
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Ta Al

Kaiser Zoso 12:53 Mon Oct 1
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Thanks Alan 12:42 Mon Oct 1

Thanks Alan 12:42 Mon Oct 1
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mallard 12:05 Mon Oct 1

Texas Iron 12:29 Mon Oct 1
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mallard 12:05 Mon Oct 1
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Thanks Alan

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