Monaco midfielder hints at summer move to Manchester United

Islam Slimani is back in full training with Newcastle and could make his debut live on Sky Sports

But Mourinho added: "They have a good team and I think they had a good transfer window, getting Kenedy and [Islam] Slimani, two players I know very well, who can really improve the team".

However, according to ESPN, Mata privately voiced his concerns when it became clear that Mourinho would be arriving at Man United, and it needed a conversation with the 55-year-old to put his worries to rest.

However, Manchester United are in quite different situation right now. He's a great manager, and he's looking after us very well. "It's hard to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul".

They are a big club.

Above all, it shows Benitez has been prepared to try everything to milk the points from his side to stay in the Premier League.

On Sunday, Jose Mourinho will take Manchester United to a stadium he has never won at, in all these years managing in the Premier League.

"I can remember many of them, some of the best ones in the country".

Jose Mourinho has faced his counterpart Rafael Benitez 17 times before and has the upper hand with eight wins and five draws.

They haven't won at home in the league since 21 October, have kept just two clean sheets in their last 17 matches and sit 16th in the table - just a point above the bottom three - with 12 games remaining.

While Manchester City's midfield is becoming well known for the technical brilliance, Newcastle's central midfielder is incubating a far more sinister infamy.

In many ways, Bailly's game is ideal for the hustle and bustle of the Premier League, but his presence in the knockout rounds of this season's Champions League would be huge for Mourinho.

"You know, sometimes in life and football as well, changes comes".

City dominated possession in both games as Newcastle opted to sit back but, ahead of Sunday's home match against Man United, Benitez has once again defended his decision to take a cautious approach.

Newcastle have not won on at St James' Park since last October with their inability to turn draws against the likes of Swansea City, Burnley and Brighton into wins seeing them slide down the Premier League table, with the north east club now sat just a point clear of the relegation zone. "This is an attitude typical of a team that wins nothing".

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