In case you missed this on New Year’s Day, Jose Mourinho was asked after the 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park about criticism of Paul Pogba from Paul Scholes, a Manchester United legend who works now as a pundit for BT Sport. The response is, honestly, must-watch television. Mourinho lashed back, saying “all Paul Scholes does is criticize,“ and “Paul [Pogba] tries to do his best all the time. Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well, sometimes he doesn't play so well. It's not Paul's fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It's just the way football is.“ Today, Mourinho got back at it, talking to beIN SPORTS about the packed holiday schedule. “You television companies make the decisions and we have to accept. I believe you make the decisions but I also believe that some clubs, or some managers, have good friends in the right chairs and I don't have them.“
There are reports that Philippe Coutinho is pushing for a January move to Barcelona, in a continuation of the story that will truly not go away. Meanwhile, Liverpool is going to demand the second-largest transfer fee in history to (finally) sell Coutinho to the Camp Nou. In the summer, Liverpool stated publicly that Coutinho is not for sale, despite three monumental offers. The Brazilian does have a contract with Liverpool until 2022, and does not have a release clause, so Barcelona is going to have to pay up to pry Coutinho away from Anfield.
The FA has charged Arsene Wenger of making “abusive and improper“ comments that “questioned the integrity of the match referee.” Arsene Wenger lashed out after the West Brom match at referee Mike Dean for what he viewed as several bad decisions during the game, including a controversial penalty decision. Wenger faces the possibility of a ban or a fine from the FA, but this is something that is not going to go away considering the chance of an appeal.
Last week, George Weah, former World Player of the Year for AC Milan, was elected as President of Liberia. The Associated Press published a story today telling the story of Weah’s life, of how he went from a slum in Liberia that was surrounded by swamps, to being a star for one of the top teams in the world, to now being in charge of a country. The article is very well done and covers all of Weah’s life, and is definitely worth checking out.
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