Manchester United: Race for striker; ban for Mourinho; high profile coaching departure

Manchester United: Race for striker; ban for Mourinho; high profile coaching departure

Manchester United face a major challenge in their race for the signature of Antoine Griezmann as they try to secure the services of the Atletico Madrid forward, claim the Mirror. Jose Mourinho’s former club, Chelsea, have been tracking the Frenchman for the past two years and remain confident of signing the 25-year-old when he opts to leave Madrid, despite his £85 million buy out clause.

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Griezmann has been prolific for Atletico over the past few seasons and is believed to be open to a move away when Diego Simeone decides to leave the club, which is expected to come in the summer of 2018 if not before. £85 million would be an easily achievable fee for United, as they showed this summer, but Chelsea could also have significant pulling power if they can qualify for Champions League football.

However, Jose Mourinho will have to work hard to secure the deal, as his assistants will on Saturday after he was given a £50,000 fine and a one match touchline ban after accepting charges related to his comments regarding referee Anthony Taylor in the build up to the clash with Liverpool at Anfield, report Sky Sports.

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That means that Rui Faria will be in charge of the Red Devils bench as United face Swansea this weekend, stepping up from his usual role of assistant manager as he did on Saturday when Mourinho was sent to the stands against Burnley. With a decision on that case still pending, he could end up missing a number of other fixtures.

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The staff at the club will also face another shock after the club last night confirmed that under 23s manager Warren Joyce has left the club to be appointed as manager at Wigan Athletic after Gary Caldwell was sacked with the club languishing at the bottom of the Championship.

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Having joined in 2008, Joyce has won 14 trophies with the club’s reserve team in his eight years at the club, having initially taken charge alongside club hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before taking sole charge two years later.

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