Jose Mourinho: New Manchester United No. 2 'is linked to another club'

Annette Crawford
May 18, 2018

Desperate to end a dismal season on a high note, troubled Chelsea manager Antonio Conte needs Eden Hazard to ride to his rescue in Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United.

The official Manchester United squad that will face Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 18 has been released.

Meanwhile, the Brazil worldwide still has a running contract with the Stamford Bridge outfit until the summer of 2020.

When it comes down to it, no player at Manchester United is more important than the Chilean for the final.

Conte in turn called Mourinho a "little man" and "a fake". Conte later won an appeal, clearing him of any wrongdoing in the case. A year ago everyone was saying Chelsea will win it and we played one of our worst games of last season (and lost to Arsenal).

United defender Phil Jones insists winning the third major trophy of Mourinho's reign would make this season a step in the right direction.

United finished runners-up in the Premier League and are favourites against a Chelsea side who ended the league season with a 3-0 defeat by Newcastle United. "To finish fifth is a big disappointment for me". And for knives read machetes should Liverpool also happen to win the Champions League a week later. There has been a lot of speculation regarding Conte's future at the club, and the general consensus says that Italian will be sacked from his job irrespective of the outcome in the final.

The Chile worldwide has scored seven goals and provided one assist in his seven games for both club and country, winning two FA Cups and the Community Shield with Arsenal in the process. For this exercise, we will only analyse games from the past 10 years, from the beginning of the 2008-09 season until the end of the current one.

Conte, 48, looks destined to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer just a year after he won the Premier League title in his first season in England.

This season Conte said Mourinho was suffering from senile dementia, and the Manchester United boss responding by pointing to Conte's match-fixing suspension at his former club Siena, which he was later acquitted of.

"To finish second against an untouchable victor is good, to make lots more points than last season, to win more matches, to score more goals, to concede less goals, to have much better results against the top teams I think is a successful season". "Which is what you are all ready to do".

United's £89million man has been in and out of the news this season for the wrong reasons while Mourinho seemed to question his consistency.

Rashford could start up front for United at Wembley with Mourinho sweating on Romelu Lukaku's fitness following an ankle injury.

But with 24 hours left of his season the Manchester United manager remains, as ever, focused on victory.

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