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Rooney injured in training ahead of Chelsea v Man Utd

Rooney picked up the injury in training. Credit: Reuters

Wayne Rooney was absent from the Manchester United squad at Chelsea due to a training injury.

The 30-year-old forward has started five of the last seven matches for club and country as a substitute.

Rooney started Thursday's 4-1 Europa League win against Fenerbahce but did not travel to London with the United squad due to an unspecified injury.

"Injured in training in the last session," Mourinho told Sky Sports of his captain's absence.

"He was so keen to play against Fenerbahce that he hid it and then he felt it in the training session and he couldn't come."

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Mourinho admits he must win silverware at Man United

Mourinho knows he must win trophies to live up to the hype. Credit: Reuters

Jose Mourinho admits he will not be considered the 'special one' if he fails to win any trophies with Manchester United.

The Portuguese, who signed a contract tying him to United until 2020 in May after replacing Louis van Gaal, proclaimed himself the 'special one' when he arrived in England for his first stint as Chelsea boss over a decade ago.

Now, speaking ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge as United manager on Sunday, Mourinho concedes that Red Devils fans will not view him as anything out of the ordinary if he is unable to deliver any success to Old Trafford in the next three years.

He told several national newspapers: "Connections start before titles are won but it is success that brings empathy between the supporters and managers and makes that connection become really strong.

"I have a three-year contract here and if I am here for three years the people will know that I have given everything to the club and that I am a professional and dedicated coach who gives himself 24 hours a day to United.

"But if, at the end of the three years, I don't win a single piece of silverware for them, they will say 'great guy, good coach, we like him, but we feel nothing special about him'."


Conte: Chelsea v Man Utd arrives at the perfect time

Conte believes Chelsea are ready for the visit of Man United. Credit: Reuters

Antonio Conte believes the visit of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United is a timely one for Chelsea.

After chastening defeats to Arsenal and Liverpool last month, Conte feels his Blues are ready following wins over Hull and Premier League champions Leicester.

Conte said:

I think that it arrives at the right moment for us. It's important to continue this way. The last game we beat a good team that last season won the title and this was important.

On Sunday we face another great team. I want to see progress compared to Liverpool and Arsenal. I am confident about this. I saw fantastic commitment this week.

– Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Fuchs extends Leicester contract until summer of 2019

Fuchs played an instrumental part in Leicester's Premier League title win. Credit: PA

Leicester defender Christian Fuchs has signed a new contract with the club that runs to the summer of 2019, the Premier League champions have announced.

Fuchs penned a three-year deal with the Foxes when he joined them on a free transfer in June 2015, went on to play a key role in their remarkable surge to the title, and has started every league and Champions League game for them so far this term.

The 30-year-old Austrian full-back told LCFC TV:

I'm happy. I'm committed to the club. We had a great last season and we've also done well so far this season in the Champions League (Leicester have won all three of their fixtures in the competition to date). I'm happy here and I've had the best time of my career so far here. My name is the Austrian Fox and now I'm staying with the English Foxes.

Nobody expected what we achieved so far and I think there's still a lot to come. We built a good foundation and I think we can aim for more. It's a lot of fun being here and it's amazing with the fans. Them and the club itself just makes me feel so happy to be here.

– Leicester defender Christian Fuchs

Mourinho tells winger to work harder at Man United

Mourinho wants to see more intensity from this man. Credit: PA

Henrikh Mkhitaryan still has work to do to force his way back into the Manchester United team.

The Armenian winger watched from the directors' box as United eased to a 4-1 win over Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday.

Mkhitaryan, a big-money summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, has not played since injuring his thigh more than a month ago.

Manager Jose Mourinho said ahead of the game that he was fit but, with competition for places intense in the forward positions, Mkhitaryan may have to wait for his chance.

Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial both scored against Fenerbahce while Juan Mata also impressed and all three will hope to keep their places for Sunday's key Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Mourinho said:

The situation is that we played with Lingard, with Mata and Martial. I am not an Einstein. I don't know a tactical system that can play with four wingers at the same time.

He has to work more to get the intensity and fitness to play at a high level. To have him on the bench and give him 15 or 20 minutes like I did to Memphis (Depay), I think it is much better for him to work and wait for his chance, but he is ready very soon.

– Man United manager Jose Mourinho

RVP: I could have been playing for Man Utd tomorrow

Van Persie pictured at a press conference in Manchester this evening. Credit: Reuters

Robin van Persie admits he could have been lining up against Fenerbahce in Thursday night's Europa League clash had Sir Alex Ferguson still been in charge of Manchester United.

The Dutch striker was voted United's Player of the Year in his first season at Old Trafford in 2012-13 as the Red Devils romped to the Premier League title by 11 points.

Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of that season and Van Persie struggled under the guidance of new boss David Moyes and then fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal.

He left for Turkey in July 2015 and has scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for the club so far.

When asked if he felt he would still be at United had Ferguson stayed on, Van Persie told a press conference:

We will never know. It could have been that I could have been a player for Manchester United today.

When I signed that was the idea, that Sir Alex would stay on for a few more years, but in football things change, you can't plan your own path or your coach's path. In this world you have to deal with how it comes.

– Robin van Persie
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