A brief history of Mourinho's rivalries

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Jose Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is a man who, shall we say, divides opinion and has rubbed people the wrong way down the years.

From Arsene Wenger to Pep Guardiola and Rafael Benitez, Jose Mourinho’s career is littered with confrontation.

In fact, there are few top-level managers who have had a greater number of peer-rivalries than Mourinho.

And in this video from uMAXit Football below gives a brief history of the spats Mourinho has had over the years.

We’re pretty sure there are many more to come.

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FPL Tips: Captain Kane and our three top picks

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans'” league using the code 118790-38575.

The Double Gameweek in round 34 did not go as planned with Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of action and others failing to start both fixtures.

There’s certainly some ground to make up and picking the right players for Gameweek 35 is the way to do it.

This week’s column tells you why you should captain Harry Kane and picks out three others who could serve you well moving forward.

But first, here’s a look at the tactical geniuses who make up the top five in our fans league this week.

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WHO TO PICK AS CAPTAIN

Marcus Rashford [6.6m] was our captain pick in Gameweek 34 and in all honesty, Jose Mourinho’s rotation spelled disaster for us.

The youngster was a late substitute against Burnley, where he was expected to pick up a few points, and then completely snuffed out away to Manchester City.

This week, we’re backing Harry Kane [11.6m] not in spite of the North London derby but because of it.

The striker is Tottenham through-and-through and is usually amped-up for this fixture. He’s only played four North London derbies so far but has managed five goals, equalling the tallies of Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie.

He’s in good form as well, bagging a goal and two assists since making his first start back from injury in Gameweek 33.


THREE TOP PICKS

There is a Double Gameweek coming up in round 36 with Arsenal and Southampton benefiting so it’s worth keeping in mind.

However, there’s no need to flood your team with players from both sides as the fixtures aren’t exactly kind.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ – ARSENAL (11.5M)

One Arsenal player certainly worth picking up is Sanchez. He’s been a bit patchy of late and has been shunned to the left flank again as Olivier Giroud takes up a central position. You can never keep the Chilean quiet for too long though and there’s every chance he’ll contribute in the derby this Sunday.

He then has two DGWs back-to-back and you’d expect him to provide returns in at least two of those four fixtures. The games in Gameweek 37 look particularly tasty with Arsenal playing Stoke City away and Sunderland at home.

MAYA YOSHIDA – SOUTHAMPTON (4.4M)

If you insist on having Southampton covered because of their consecutive DGWs as well, then their back-line does offer good value.

Ryan Bertrand (5.5m) is the most likely to score points in attack but does come at a price. Instead, it’s worth considering Yoshida who is a threat from set-pieces and could manage bonus points with his defensive contributions. Jack Stephens (4.1m) is a cheaper option as well.


EDEN HAZARD – CHELSEA (10.4M)

The Belgian doesn’t enjoy a DGW in round 36 but does in 37 when Chelsea travel to West Brom and then entertain Watford at the Bridge. Hazard will have his work cut out for him this weekend at Goodison Park but does go into it in great form.

The winger has delivered returns in four of his last five outings, registering 39 points in that time. He managed a goal and scored two bonus points against Southampton last time out and takes on Middlesbrough at home next week.

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COMMENT: City's old guard provide solace for Guardiola

Alam Khan 28/04/2017
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Kompany (r) has been impressive in recent weeks.

Immense, inspirational and imperious have been words to describe Vincent Kompany ever since he joined Manchester City.

So too again on Thursday night when he marshalled his side’s backline so effectively in the goalless Premier League draw with rivals United. As mad as Marouane Fellaini was for his crazy headbutt on Sergio Aguero, his fellow Belgian was magnificent against frontmen with the pace and prowess of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Next August will be a decade since Kompany signed for just £6 million from Hamburg – days before Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s landmark takeover.

Arguably the most important arrival in City’s history and easily the biggest bargain in a period of expensive outlays. Yet Kompany is fighting for his future following injury concerns, particularly over the past two seasons.

On the evidence of his dominant derby display in a third successive start without breaking down, Pep Guardiola should rejoice.

Many thought the 31-year-old was finished, but he is reborn. The titles ‘Captain, Leader, Legend’ may be synonymous with Chelsea stalwart John Terry, but apply to Kompany too.

Courageous, a calming influence, he brings reassurance to the City backline and commands respect.

Guardiola may worry about how many games he can play successively, but with the right management of his schedule and training, there are few centre-backs better when he’s in shape – and he deserves at least another season to prove that.

Leonardo Bonucci would be a fantastic addition to any team, and the prospect of the Italian alongside Kompany, Otamendi and John Stones would provide the cornerstone of a side capable of challenging for all four trophies next season, not just battling for the top four.

Experience allied to enthusiasm will be key to City’s future hopes and, while an influx of youth is needed at full-back and midfield, Guardiola should be careful not discard the old guard just yet.

While changes are inevitable after a campaign of under-achievement, Yaya Toure – like Kompany – is another to show he can still make an impact. He may be 34 next month and out of contract in June, but has run their midfield in the past two games against Arsenal and United, for whom Michael Carrick has been equally efficient at 35.

Gabriel Jesus may be the future but Sergio Aguero has hit 30 goals in 41 games this season, two shy of his best-ever tally.

Kompany, Toure and Aguero still provide a solid spine from where City can rebuild and ensure this trophyless season was just a blip.

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