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Mourinho writes to Man United fans after Chelsea loss

Mourinho has apologised to United's fans in his EFL Cup programme notes. Credit: Reuters

Jose Mourinho has apologised to Man United's supporters after Sunday's drubbing at his former club Chelsea.

United were hammered 4-0 at Stamford Bridge and Mourinho used his programme notes for Wednesday's EFL Cup tie against Man City to apologise for the performance.

The Red Devils manager wrote:

As the leader of this squad I want to start by saying sorry to all the Manchester United fans around the world. Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Chelsea was not a United result. It was a result that has made us all extremely sorry for all our supporters and we apologise for it.

– Man United manager Jose Mourinho

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Wrexham boss punches assistant and dislocates finger

Keates had an interesting first day as Wrexham manager. Credit: PA

New Wrexham manager Dean Keates had an extraordinary first day in the job after accidentally punching his assistant in the face and later dislocating a finger during Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Barrow.

Keates made 150 league appearances as a player for Wrexham and took over from Joey Jones and Andy Davies, who had been in temporary charge after the dismissal of Gary Mills on October 13th.

And Wrexham seemed to be heading for three points in his first Conference Premier match in charge only for Barrow to snatch an equaliser with two minutes remaining.

After the game, Keates told the BBC:

"I punched Andy Davies [his assistant manager] in the face for our first goal and the second he dislocated my finger. We had to get the doctor to pop my finger back in."

Wrexham travel to Gateshead on Saturday when, presumably, Keates and Davies may consider sitting slightly further away from each other.


Southgate an England candidate regardless of results

Gareth Southgate is in a strong position. Credit: Reuters

Chief executive Martin Glenn has stressed the Football Association is looking for a long-term appointment as England manager and has described Gareth Southgate as a "credible candidate".

Glenn insisted Southgate's next two results in temporary charge of the senior team will have little bearing on whether he gets the job full-time.

The 46-year-old stepped up from his role as under-21 boss on an interim basis following Sam Allardyce's departure at the end of September.

He has already overseen a victory against Malta and a draw with Slovenia in World Cup qualifying, with the four points enough to keep the Three Lions top of Group F.

Southgate will remain at the helm for next month's clash with Scotland at Wembley, as well a friendly against Spain.

Glenn said:

Even if those matches don't go so well, he would still be a candidate. You don't judge a good manager on the basis of one or two games.

He will almost certainly be a candidate. It's up to him to decide whether he wants to do it - we hope he would put himself in the frame. Gareth is a really credible candidate. He knows the international set-up, he's done great work with the under-21s and he wants to translate that across to the senior team.

But whoever the next England manager is, we want somebody in place for the long term. In the past we have gone for foreign managers who might have been attracted by the prospect of helping us win a tournament, but then they haven't perhaps left the international set-up in a better place when they've left.'

– FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn


Klopp never doubted Liverpool striker Sturridge ability

Daniel Sturridge netted twice. Credit: PA

Jurgen Klopp says he has always had faith in Daniel Sturridge after his two goals in the EFL Cup against Spurs on Tuesday night.

Sturridge's strikes were enough to send his side through to the next round and give Klopp a further reminder of his capabilities in front of goal.

The goals took Sturridge's total for the season to four, all of which have come in the EFL Cup.

That's his [Sturridge] talent. That's his strength, he's a finisher, a really good doubt about this.

I never was in doubt about him even when he didn't score. Not a question.

Divock Origi didn't score tonight but I think he played quite well, Danny Ings didn't score but played really well when he came on. That's the thing with Daniel, he's a wonderful goalscorer and that's really important.

– Jurgen Klopp

Leeds on the spot to beat Norwich on penalties

Leeds made it through in the end. Credit: Reuters

Leeds beat Norwich 3-2 on penalties at Elland Road following a 2-2 draw after extra time.Norwich had twice taken the lead in the match, Alex Pritchard (14) and Nelson Oliveira (99) netting but Leeds battled back to level both times thanks to Marcus Antonsson (43) and substitute Chris Wood (109).

That sent the tie to penalties, where Leeds came out on top with Ronaldo Vieira slotting home the winning spot-kick after Marco Silvestri had saved efforts from Pritchard, Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady.

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