Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United to show fighting spirit against Manchester City

United boss Mourinho wants his players to listen and make sure they do not concede early on against arch-rivals City. (AFP)
Updated 09 November 2018
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Jose Mourinho tells Manchester United to show fighting spirit against Manchester City

LONDON: Jose Mourinho has called on Manchester United to display the same grit and determination that saw them come back to beat Juventus when they take on arch-rivals Manchester City tomorrow.
Mourinho’s men scored two late goals in Turin on Wednesday to claim an unexpected victory.
The win gave the Reds a huge lift, but they are only too aware of the size of the task facing them at the Etihad, with City in fine form and coming into the match on the back of 6-1 and 6-0 victories.
However, the United boss knows his side has a strong backbone and has told his players to replicate the fight they showed both in Turin and during the last match against City, when they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in April.
“We are a team that has that collective spirit to fight back, but if we keep conceding goals before the opposition do, there will be a day when we cannot come back,” Mourinho said.
“We have to grow up in our approach because it’s clear the team is growing up. We have to grow up in our compactness and start matches well.
United go into the derby seventh in the Premier League, nine points adrift of leaders City, and Mourinho refused to be drawn on how the game could affect the title race.
“If we draw, it’s still nine; if we lose, it’s 12 — I don’t think it’s the way to look at the match,” he said.
“We have to just think about the match. The match is difficult enough by being an isolated event. If you want to put that match into the context of where we are, where we can be, then
it becomes even more difficult.
“So I just want to play the match as an isolated event — a difficult match against a very difficult team. But I don’t think (City) think it’s an easy match for them.”
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola said that no matter how well his City outfit are playing, they cannot take anything for granted against a United side that has been unbeaten in the league since September.
“We are in good form and United are as well. Like in older games, I think it will be so tight until the final minutes.
“No team will dominate for the 90 minutes, so we have to defend till the last minute and try to attack like we have in the last few games,” he said.


David Warner on fire in IPL return after ball-tampering ban but epic knock not enough to stop Kolkata

Updated 24 March 2019
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David Warner on fire in IPL return after ball-tampering ban but epic knock not enough to stop Kolkata

  • Warner did not play in the 2018 edition of the IPL tournament
  • During his ban, he played T20 franchise cricket in Canada, Bangladesh and the Caribbean

KOLKATA: Australia’s David Warner smashed 85 from 53 balls on his Indian Premier League comeback Sunday but his knock went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Warner, who along with compatriot Steve Smith returns to the Twenty20 tournament after missing the previous edition due to a ball-tampering controversy, steered Sunrisers to 181 for three after being put into bat.
Warner did not play in the 2018 edition of the IPL tournament after organizers stopped him for his part in the scandal.
His one-year ban from international cricket ends later this month and the 32-year-old opener is expected to make Australia’s World Cup squad and play in this summer’s Ashes series in England.
During his ban, he played T20 franchise cricket in Canada, Bangladesh and the Caribbean, and grade cricket in Australia.
His efforts though were not enough, with Andre Russell hitting an unbeaten 49 off 19 balls as the Knight Riders won by six wickets with two balls to spare at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
A pause for a floodlight failure in the 16th over re-charged Knight Riders’ chase as Russell put together an unbeaten 65-run stand with Shubman Gill, who hit 18 runs including the winning six.
Russell struck four fours and four sixes
Earlier Warner stood out during a 118-run opening stand with England’s Jonny Bairstow, who made 39, to lay the platform for their big total.
“It is good to get out there and contribute. It looked a nice wicket to bat on but it slowed down a bit which made us reassess after six overs,” Warner said after his knock.
The Australian admitted some anxiety before his big return to IPL — and an unusual solution.
“I was a bit nervous in the dressing room and kept drinking pickle juice,” he said.
Opener Warner survived a reprieve on 38 after Knight Riders captain and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik dropped him off left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
Warner, who captained Sunrisers to their only IPL title in 2016, made the most of the spill and raced to his 37th IPL fifty with a six off Russell to signal his aggressive intent.
Bairstow was bowled by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla but Warner took the attack to the opposition, hitting nine fours and three sixes during his blitz.
Warner, who recently recovered from an elbow injury he picked in the Bangladesh Premier League, finally fell to Russell after driving the ball to cover.
Warner said his elbow “wasn’t all too bad” after doing a lot of work with his trainer back home.
Year-long bans from state and international cricket for Warner and Smith end on March 28 but the duo are keen to get among the runs in the IPL, ahead of the 50-over World Cup starting in May.
The suspension did not include club games but IPL’s governing council decided not to allow the disgraced duo in the 11th edition of the T20 league last year in a bid to avoid controversy.
The pair were banned for cheating in a Cape Town Test in March last year along with teammate Cameron Bancroft, whose nine-month ban has already finished.
Smith is expected to appear for his team Rajasthan Royals in their opening match against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on Monday.