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Karanka relishing LVG clash in League Cup tie

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says 'it's a pleasure' to face Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal in tonight's Capital One Cup clash at Old Trafford.

Karanka has met Van Gaal before as a Real Madrid player when the Dutchman was in charge of Barcelona, but tonight will be the first time the Spaniard has gone head-to-head with Van Gaal as a manager.

Speaking ahead of the match, Karanka said he was looking forward to the match and described Van Gaal as 'one of the best managers in the world'.

Karanka: 'Mourinho will learn from Chelsea woes'

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says close friend Jose Mourinho will learn from his recent struggles with Chelsea.

The Premier League champions won the title at a canter last season, but are currently 15th in the table this term after suffering five defeats from their opening ten games.

However Karanka, who was Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid, thinks the Portuguese will come back even stronger from the experience. He said:

It's the first time that he is in that position.

But he's the best, he's the strongest and I'm sure that he's going to be successful again.

– Aitor Karanka, Head Coach of Middlesbrough FC

Chelsea travel to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup Fourth Round tonight.

Karanka: Man United clash 'enjoyable for everyone but me'

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says the club's Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United is 'enjoyable for everyone but me'.

More than 10,000 Boro fans are expected to travel to Manchester for tomorrow night's Fourth Round clash at Old Trafford.

Speaking ahead of the match, Karanka said it's a good occasion for everyone except the manager because '90 minutes in Old Trafford can be really, really good or really, really bad'.

Boro sign Manchester City's Bruno Zuculini on loan

Zuculini is yet to start for Manchester City but has experience with Spanish clubs Valencia and Cordoba Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has strengthened his midfield options with the loan signing of Bruno Zuculini from Manchester City.

Zuculini, an Argentina Under-20 international, has put pen to paper on a month-long deal with the Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls.

With Adam Forshaw out injured and Grant Leadbitter and Adam Clayton both just one yellow card away from suspension, Karanka has moved to add cover in the middle of the park.

Zuculini began his career in his homeland with Racing Club before joining City in the summer of 2014.

The 22-year-old has yet to start a competitive match for the Barclays Premier League club but does have some first-team experience following loan stints with Valencia and Cordoba.


Boro lose after late own goal at Cardiff

George Friend's 86th-minute own goal handed Cardiff City a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough.

A game in which defences had been on top throughout appeared to be drifting towards a draw when Cardiff capitalised on late pinball in the Boro area.

Goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos saved Matthew Connolly's point-blank header but he was helpless when substitute Sammy Ameobi's shot struck Friend and flew into his net.

Both teams came into the game on the back of goalless draws and neither side had the clinical edge to break down durable defences at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Middlesbrough have now gone now three games without a goal - their longest drought since March 2014.

Karanka rejects 'big-spending Boro' claims

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has rejected claims that the club were one of Championship's biggest spenders this summer.

Boro recruited household names including Stewart Downing and David Nugent during the close season, making them one of the bookmakers' early favourites for promotion to the Premier League.

But Karanka insists that other Championship clubs spent far more than Middlesbrough during the transfer window.

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