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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

Man Utd defender pens new long-term contract

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has signed a new deal. Credit: PA

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

United boss Jose Mourinho had been keen to tie down the highly-rated 18-year-old, who has impressed him during his time at Old Trafford.

And Fosu-Mensah's new deal means he will stay at the club until 2020 - with the option to extend for a further year.

Mourinho told United's official website: "Tim is a young player with great potential. I am pleased that he has signed a new contract and I am delighted at the progress he has made so far.

"It is clear to see that he is learning every day in training and there will be plenty of opportunities for him as the season continues."

Fosu-Mensah joined United in 2014 and worked his way through the academy and Under-21 teams before making his Premier League debut against Arsenal last season.

Man Utd trio fit for Fenerbahce clash

Anthony Martial is back for Man Utd. Credit: PA

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin all look set to be available for Manchester United's Europa League clash with Fenerbahce at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Playmaker Mkhitaryan has missed seven games because of a thigh problem, while forward Martial and midfielder Schneiderlin were not involved in Monday's 0-0 Premier League draw at Liverpool due to knocks, but all three were part of United's training session on Wednesday morning.

Boss Jose Mourinho has refused to confirm whether or not captain Wayne Rooney will return to the first XI after four straight substitute appearances.


Fenerbahce's team flight to Manchester diverted after bird strike

Fenerbahce's plane transporting them from Turkey for Thursday's Europa League clash at Manchester United has been forced into an unscheduled landing in Budapest.

A message posted on the club's official Twitter page just before midday on Wednesday said a forced landing was made in the Hungarian capital after a bird struck the aircraft's windscreen.

The message was accompanied by photographs apparently of the plane's windscreen, with the glass covered in cracks (see below).

Karius: Man Utd tactics a compliment to Liverpool

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Loris Karius at the end of the game against Manchester United. Credit: PA

Goalkeeper Loris Karius believes Liverpool's growing reputation under Jurgen Klopp explains why Manchester United played so defensively against them.

The goalless draw at Anfield was memorable only for two second-half David de Gea saves as Jose Mourinho set up his side to frustrate.

Klopp's preference for a high-tempo game, which this season has started to click into gear, never got into its stride and it was a disjointed performance as the visitors' game-plan worked to perfection.

"They know we're a really strong team, so that's a compliment for us," said the German, who kept his first clean sheet since taking over from Simon Mignolet despite a couple of shaky moments personally.

"United maybe waited for the one chance to get a goal, as obviously their priority was to stop our play, our attacks.

"We knew we had to be patient because it was going to be tough.

"Second half we managed better to get through but United defended well with De Gea making top saves."

Mourinho defends Man Utd's tactics at Liverpool

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his tactics despite being dominated by Liverpool in a goalless draw at Anfield.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action from either side, with David de Gea pulling off a brilliant save to deny Philippe Coutinho and also saving well from Emre Can, and Mourinho left the ground happier than counterpart Jurgen Klopp.

Mourinho's side earned a point at Anfield. Credit: PA

United had just 35 per cent possession - the lowest registered by them in the Premier League since Opta started recording the statistic - in a performance which was a far cry from the dominant displays produced just a few years ago under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Mourinho was unrepentant, insisting it was fully justified.

"The result I think is acceptable. We wanted more," he said.

"For long periods in the game, we thought that could be possible but we didn't score and if you don't score you don't win but I think it was a very positive performance.

"Last season United won here. Liverpool had 14 shots on target and United had one," said the Portuguese.

"How many shots on target did Liverpool have on target? Two (official statistics actually recorded three).

"Two shots on target with 65 per cent of possession. You have to be critical of Liverpool. It is their problem, not our problem."

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