Mourinho will wait to decide on Lukaku’s Cup final fitness

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku faces a late fitness test ahead of FA Cup final © AFP / Paul ELLISWATFORD, United Kingdom, May 18 – Jose Mourinho will wait until the last minute before deciding whether Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is fit to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.Lukaku has missed United’s last three matches after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal in April. The Belgium striker is in a race against time to be fit for the Wembley showdown with his former club.And United manager Mourinho, possibly hoping to keep Chelsea guessing, said on Friday that he remains uncertain if Lukaku will be available.Mourinho will be able to call on French forward Anthony Martial, who has recovered from the knee injury he sustained in training.“Martial is fit. Lukaku we have to wait until the last moment. I don’t want to lie and say he doesn’t play or vice versa,” Mourinho told reporters at United’s hotel.It would be a significant blow to United’s hopes of winning the FA Cup for a record-equalling 13th time if Lukaku is unable to pass his late fitness test.Since Lukaku was sidelined, United have lacked a cutting edge and they scored only once in their last three games of the season.The 25-year-old energised United with a goal spree at the start of the season after arriving from Everton in a £75 million ($101 million) deal.Lukaku has scored 27 times for United in all competitions this season, making his first season at Old Trafford a success overall.But he went through a sustained barren patch — with one goal in 12 games — after opposing defences began to sit deeper to stop the Belgian hurting them with his pace.Mourinho was also forced to defend Lukaku from criticism by United fans frustrated at what they perceived as a lack of effort from their muscular forward.Lukaku got back on track at the start of 2018, but had scored just once in his last five appearances before picking up the injury that leaves his Cup final hopes of a knife-edge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

JIM McGUINNESS: ‘I HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY CELTIC OR LIVERPOOL’

first_imgJIM McGUINNESS has insisted he hasn’t been offered any positions at Celtic or Liverpool, but wouldn’t rule out considering any offers if he was given them in the future.The Donegal manager has been linked in various newspapers with jobs in soccer in Britain since winning the All-Ireland.The sports psychologist told the Shaun Doherty Show today that he has had no approaches from any teams but found the links “very flattering.” “I was invited over to Celtic a few weeks ago to a Champions League match and I went to the training grounds. It was a fantastic set-up,” he said.But there were no offers of jobs, pointing out that he would look at any that were made.“I suppose if Highland offered me a position you’d have to sit down and talk to them,” said McGuinness.“If a professional football team and came in and said they were interested in talking to you then it is something you’d have to consider. I am a young man with three children and you would consider it,” he said. The All-Ireland winner said he had worked with golfers, Derry City and Finn Harps but added: “If something came up I’d talk it over with my wife – that would be the approach.”Jim is a big Celtic and Arsenal fan – and he praised Neil Lennon for how he ran his team in Glasgow.The manager gave a wide-ranging interview on the success at Croke Park.Asked if he realised that he was being hero-worshipped by Donegal fans all over the world, he said: “It’s not something I’m even aware of because you live in your own wee bubble.”He said he had heard all sorts of stories about fans before and after the match and how they had celebrated. But he said he had never experienced Donegal as a supporter – always as a player or as a manager.McGuinness spoke again of his satisfaction in seeing his players climb the Hogan Stand to lift the Sam Maguire, a satisfaction shared by his assistant Rory Gallagher and the rest of the backroom team.Asked about walking out of the Croke Park press conference until Declan Bogue – the journalist – had left, the Donegal manager again referred to Bogue’s book and insisted he had got several things wrong.“If you are a Christian you have to forgive people; it was about people wanting the bread buttered on both sides. There were things that weren’t true in his book,” he said. “This fella can write x, y and z and then expect to come in to fill their back pages on the back of our All-Ireland success….I wasn’t happy to do that interview.”McGuinness said it was now “water under the bridge”.“Even if there was a full page apology the people who read the book wouldn’t see the apology,” he said.He went on: “You have to have your principles and you have to stand up for yourself.”The Donegal manager also praised his team members for their dedication to the county.He also promised fans abroad that they may take the Sam Maguire to Boston and New York in the coming months.Asked about the Late Late Show visit – which was just four minutes – Jim refused to become embroiled in the controversy.He said they had been in RTE for three or four hours and the team enjoyed the experience and meeting other guests.“It was a good experience for them (the players),” he said.He said people in Donegal probably wanted more on the programme because the appetite was so strong.The manager said he wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of the fans for their support and messages of congratulations.JIM McGUINNESS: ‘I HAVE NOT BEEN APPROACHED BY CELTIC OR LIVERPOOL’ was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CelticDonegal GAAJim McGuinnessLiverpoollast_img read more