Mourinho may not be right for United says Charlton

Updated 08 December 2012
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Mourinho may not be right for United says Charlton

LONDON: Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton has delivered a surprise blow to Jose Mourinho’s hopes of succeeding Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Mourinho has been linked with the daunting task of replacing Ferguson when the legendary Scot eventually retires and the United manager appeared to give his blessing to the Real Madrid chief recently when he said he “could manage anywhere, absolutely.”
But Charlton, a director and ambassador at United who played a key role in Ferguson’s appointment in 1986, has been unimpressed by the out-spoken Mourinho’s antics during his spells in charge at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real.
One of the most controversial incidents involving Mourinho saw the Portuguese coach gouge the eye of Tito Vilanova, then Barcelona’s assistant coach, in the 2011 Spanish Super Cup following a touchline row.
Asked about that clash, Charlton told the Guardian: “A United manager wouldn’t do that. Mourinho is a really good coach but that’s as far as I would go really.
“He’s the manager of Real Madrid and we expect to play them in the Champions League by the end of the season.” When it was suggested a United manager would not get away with the kind of behavior Mourinho sometimes indulges in, Charlton added: “You are right. He pontificates too much for my liking. He’s a good manager, though.”


Sublime Mohamed Salah leads Liverpool to stunning 5-2 win over Roma

Updated 25 April 2018
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Sublime Mohamed Salah leads Liverpool to stunning 5-2 win over Roma

  • Liverpool move onto 38 goals for this season’s competition — 11 more than any other team
  • Salah is now on 43 goals for the season in all competitions

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah put his former side Roma to the sword on Tuesday night with a scintillating performance as the Reds ran riot at Anfield, taking a commading 5-2 lead into next week’s second leg in Rome.
The Italian side had no answer to the Egyptian superstar’s sublime skill as he scored two world-class goals and set up another two for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Firmino added the fifth as the Merseyside club romped into a 5-0 lead to put the English side within touching distance of the Champions League final.
Salah’s display was as exquisite as Roma’s defending was naive, with Liverpool scoring all of their goals in a breathtaking 33-minute spell either side of halftime amid a cauldron of noise at Anfield.
But two consolation goals in the final nine minutes from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti has given Roma hope of recreating their heroics from the previous leg against Barcelona.
In the latest virtuoso performance of his stunning first season at Liverpool, Salah curled a shot into the top corner in the 36th minute and doubled the lead in the 45th with a dinked finish that is fast becoming his trademark. He is now on 43 goals for the season in all competitions with potentially five games left.
The Egypt forward was not finished there, taking advantage of Roma’s high defensive line to provide crosses for Mane and Firmino to score almost identical goals in the 56th and 61st minutes, respectively.
Firmino glanced home a header from James Millner’s corner in the 69th to leave Roma’s players on the floor — literally in the case of their distressed goalkeeper, Alisson.
Liverpool moved onto 38 goals for this season’s competition — 11 more than any other team — but cannot begin preparing for the final in Kiev on May 26 quite yet.
Dzeko chested down a long pass to make it 5-1 in the 81st and when Milner handled a shot from Radja Nainggolan, Perotti converted the penalty in the 89th.
Bayern Munich play Real Madrid in the other semifinal, with the first leg in Germany on Wednesday.
Roma knows all about Salah, who scored 15 goals and set up 11 more in the second of his two seasons at the Italian club before joining Liverpool for 42 million euros (then $47 million) in June.
He’s obliterating those figures at Anfield this season. His double saw him surge past Cristiano Ronaldo’s 42 goals for Manchester United in the 2007-08 season, for example.
Salah won English soccer’s Player of the Year award on Sunday. At this rate, the Ballon D’Or could be his next year.