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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United could equal best-ever Premier League by avoiding defeat against Manchester City

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After their 2-0 victory against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have stretched their unbeaten run to a rather impressive 23 matches – a record that has seen them win on 13 occasions, while accruing 10 draws.

This represents the Red Devils’ longest streak in the English top flight for six years, since Sir Alex Ferguson led the club to 24 games unbeaten during the 2010/11 campaign.

United went on to win the Premier League that season – the club’s 19th top flight title – before losing in the Champions League final at the hands of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.

While the Red Devils’ hopes of winning the Premier League in Mourinho’s maiden season were dashed several weeks ago, the club still have two possible routes for securing Champions League qualification this term.

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After victory over Burnley, and following results elsewhere in the Premier League this weekend, United now sit just one point behind fourth placed Manchester City, who they face on Thursday, and three points behind third placed Liverpool, over whom they have to games in hand.

Victory over rivals City later this week would not only move Mourinho’s side into the top four, two points clear of their opponents, but it would also see the Portuguese head coach’s side equal the 24-game unbeaten record set by Sir Alex’s 2010/11 side.

Meanwhile, in the Europa League, victory over Spanish outfit Celta Vigo in the semi-final stage would set-up a final clash in Stockholm, the winners of which are guaranteed entry into next season’s Champions League competition.

While United’s record makes for impressive reading, Mourinho will undoubtedly be frustrated with the number of times the club has been held to a draw this term.

This has been the only barrier preventing the Red Devils from challenging for the Premier League title and is a factor the three-time English top flight winner will challenge head-on ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Chris is the founder of The Boot Room. He is a Swindon Town supporter, having lived in Wiltshire for most of his years. His work has also featured on Squawka, Bleacher Report and Eurosport.

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West Ham round-up: club consider move for Chris Smalling, suffer setback in chase for Felipe Anderson

A round-up of the day’s most interesting news surrounding West Ham

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Ambitious swoop

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s outfit this season, but failed to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. And West Ham are considering using his omission to their advantage, as they weigh up a potential move for his services this summer, according to Metro.

The club are set to back Manuel Pellegrini with “record funds” this summer (BBC Sport), which will allow the ex-Manchester City boss to be ambitious with his targets in the market, and Smalling would represent a serious coup in east London.

Jose Mourinho has identified an additional central defender as key priority this summer, and the Englishman could find himself facing a limited role at Old Trafford next term if he stays.

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Set back for winger

Pellegrini has suffered a setback in his quest to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio this summer, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com, as both parties are currently unable to agree over financial issues.

According to the report, Lazio want £30.5 million as transfer fee plus £4.3 million in bonuses, but West Ham are currently unwilling to spend in excess of £26 million, as they look to bolster the squad in multiple areas.

Moreover, the Italian club are asserting that any deal must have a selling on fee for the Brazilian, meaning they would receive a percentage of the transfer fee, if West Ham were to sell the 25-year-old in the future.

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Boost for defender

Nice have announced that long-spanning West Ham target Marlon Santos will not have to fulfil the initial expectation of two-loan seasons with Ligue 1 outfit, and will instead return to parent club Barcelona after completing his first year, according to Sky Sports.

A statement on Nice’s official website said: “In agreement with Barcelona, the Brazilian who was loaned to Nice last summer will not wear the Nice colours in 2018-19. He now returns to the Catalan club.”

Pellegrini will now likely revive his interest in the £22 million rated centre-back, while also courting Chris Smalling and Swansea defender Alfie Mawson.

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West Ham weigh up bid for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling following World Cup omission

West Ham are considering moving for Manchester United’s first-choice regular.

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has been ever-present in Jose Mourinho’s outfit this season, but failed to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. And West Ham are considering using his omission to their advantage, as they weigh up a potential move for his services this summer, according to Metro.

Mourinho has identified an additional central defender as key priority this summer, with Tottenham superstar Toby Alderweireld among a host of targets, following on from the signings of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Porto right-back Diogo Dalot. And Smalling could find himself facing a limited role at Old Trafford next term as a result.

West Ham are reportedly willing to offer the 28-year-old a crucial first-team role at the London Stadium,with Manuel Pellegrini in the market for quality additions to bolster his squad ahead of loftier ambitions next season.

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The club are set to back the Chilean coach with “record funds” this summer (BBC Sport), which will allow the ex-Manchester City boss to be ambitious with his targets in the market, and Smalling would represent a serious coup in east London.

Other high-profile pursuits are currently stalling over financial demands, with Javier Pastore yet to agree personal terms, while Lazio are asserting that a “sell on clause” must be inserted for Felipe Anderson. 

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And so the Hammers may consider turning their present focus onto the United defender. However, it is unlikely Mourinho will let a first-team regular depart the club without a direct replacement in the offing. So West Ham will be keeping a watchful eye over United’s progress for an additional centre-back this summer.

Pellegrini is also interested in the possibility of bringing recently relegated Swansea man Alfie Mawson to east London, according to Sky Sports, as his outfit shipped the join-most goals in the Premier League last season with 68.

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Timothy Fosu-Mensah becoming ‘impatient’ at Manchester United; Crystal Palace should take advantage

Crystal Palace could land the Manchester United starlet for another season.

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Manchester United‘s academy graduate Tomthy Fosu-Mensah is tired of future promises and wants to succeed as early as possible in the game, according to quotes from Manchester Evening News.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan with Crystal Palace, making a significant contribution with 24 appearances, but now with his loan period ending the Netherlands international is due to return to Old Trafford in July, and he has asserted he wants a key-role next term.

However, with the additions of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Porto right-back Diogo Dalot arriving early this summer, it appears game-time for the starlet isn’t at the top of Jose Mourinho’s priorities, as the manager is under pressure to deliver titles in his third season. And Fosu Mensah will likely face further frustration if he stays.

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Palace should take their opportunity to try and land the player’s signature again for next season, whether it be permanent, or more likely on loan. Despite failing to really shine consistently at Selhurst Park, there’s no doubting his immense potential, and the Eagles could unearth a serious player if they were to offer him a consistent place.

Roy Hodgson needs quality reinforcements this summer after releasing Joel Ward and another move for the talented Dutchman would be a risk-free step in the right direction.

His versatility would also allow for Hodgson to deploy him as a defensive midfielder, as the right-back position is also likely to be occupied by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, after his late breakthrough last season.

Mourinho will be keen to keep a hold of United’s academy graduate for the foreseeable future, but with a 19-year-old arriving to bolster the options at right-back for £18 million, and with new captain Antonio Valencia producing the best performances of his career, it seems unlikely Fosu Mensah will be given what he wants next season.

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