Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Lukaku: I'm Mourinho's sergeant at Manchester United

Lukaku: I'm Mourinho's sergeant at Manchester United

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has questioned Manchester United's approach under Jose Mourinho as he vowed the Reds would attack at Old Trafford.

There is never any shortage of spice to the North West derby between Manchester United and Liverpool, but if any were needed the battle for second place in the Premier League surely provides it.

Nemanja Matic bailed out Mourinho's men with a stunning stoppage-time strike in London but another three points papered over the cracks in the latest in a series of unconvincing performances from United.

It appears to have all cooled off between the pair so that seems unlikely now but the hierarchy at United have made it clear that they support Mourinho in any decisions he takes whether it's the transfer market or the players.

The Croatia worldwide defender took aim at the Red Devils' negative tactics ahead of the two sides meeting at Old Trafford on Saturday.

"I enjoy playing against big top strikers and the biggest challenge for me is when you have Mo Salah and [Sadio] Mané at the training ground and then you know what you are".

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Cricket has got to be the victor , so it's just about staying in line, continuing to play good, hard cricket. It's a big game for us, and we need to make sure that cricket does the talking".

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Olympian Henri Shoeman, who won bronze for South Africa in 2016, also sent his well wishes to Gwala. On Wednesday, the 26-year-old underwent surgery at a private hospital.

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says all discussions regarding his future have been put on hold until the end of the 2017-18 season. Liverpool FC head into Saturday's game knowing that a win would move them up into second place in the Premier League table.

Porto were brushed aside 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League, Tuesday's 0-0 draw confirming what had been expected after such a dominant first-leg victory in Portugal.

Woodward fully believes Mourinho's plans will come to fruition in the coming years ahead and United will once again spend big in order for the club to continue their rebuild in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

For all the game is actually worth on paper, with a higher league finish on offer, the chance to get one over an immortal rival is perhaps the more tantalising prospect on hand here.

With United the team needing to prove something after a few weeks of poor form and unconvincing results, Neville looks back at Mourinho's first derby against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Manchester United are aiming to finish in second place in the Premier League this season as they bid to end up in the top four after finishing in sixth place last term.

Arsenal, trailing fourth-placed Spurs by 13 points, look to have blown their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League but Arsene Wenger will be desperate to reverse an alarming slump when Watford visit the Emirates.

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