Monday August 21st 2018
By Aiden Graw
MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO RETAINS THE FULL BACKING OF MANCHESTER UNITED’S BOARD DESPITE SUNDAY’S 3-2 PREMIER LEAGUE DEFEAT AT BRIGHTON.
The result and performance has attracted widespread criticism.
Mourinho is the favourite to be the next Premier League boss to leave his job, with suggestions that former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is being considered as a potential replacement.
A United source said: “Why would we discuss Zidane when there is no job?”
Mourinho was disappointed by the failure to make more outfield signings during the summer transfer window beyond Brazil midfielder Fred and teenage full-back Diogo Dalot, who is injured.
He wanted additional cover in central defence and an alternative to Anthony Martial out wide.
However, in both instances, the United board felt there was no worthwhile signing available.
CLAUDIO BRAVO: MAN CITY GOALKEEPER RUPTURES ACHILLES TENDON
Manchester City’s Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in training on Monday.
The 35-year-old had scans in Manchester to confirm the injury and he will fly to Barcelona for further tests on Thursday.
Bravo’s injury leaves City reliant on 20-year-old Daniel Grimshaw to act as deputy to first choice Ederson.
Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has already been ruled out for three months after picking up a knee injury in training.
Bravo, a substitute in City’s opening two Premier League matches, made just three top-flight appearances for the champions last season.
However, the keeper, signed from Barcelona for £15.4m in 2016, did provide manager Pep Guardiola with reliable back-up.
His presence allowed Guardiola to sell England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn to Southampton in July and Joe Hart to Burnley in August.
While Grimshaw is yet to make a single senior appearance, he signed a three-year contract at the club in June.
WALES NAME INAUGURAL COMMONWEALTH HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
Britain’s fastest marathon runner in 2017, Dewi Griffiths, has been named in Wales’ team for the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff.
Griffiths, who ran two hours nine minutes 49 seconds last October, is selected alongside Josh Griffiths, Andrew Davies and Kristian Jones.
Caryl Jones, Jenny Nesbitt, Rosie Edwards and Clara Evans are also included.
The race takes place on 7 October.
“It’s an exciting prospect,” Dewi Griffiths, 27, told BBC Sport Wales.
“The atmosphere around the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff (in 2016) was amazing so if it’s anything like that it’ll be an amazing Championships.
“Hopefully it’ll be a big success and grow over the next five or 10 years.”
The elite athletes will race ahead of 25,000 amateur runners as part of the 2018 Cardiff Half Marathon.
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