Sports Burst - United Under Pressure



 United stand in support of respect-demanding Mourinho

The internet was originally designed as a simple, user-friendly (and fun) way to communicate and share information. 
Cyberspace was virtually there for the fine folk of the planet to unite on Myspace and realize that 'hey, we're not that much different after all, let's hug!'
Then Jose Mourinho (and Messi v Ronaldo) came along and all that went to hell in a hand cart to see the internet become a place to be really mean to each other as well as laugh at cats falling into trashcans. 
Mourinho is certainly winning certain sections of the internet on Tuesday - He who must not be named will always own a large chunk of that domain - with both his possible final farewell to fans after Manchester United's rather poor 3-0 home loss to Tottenham as well as his feisty "respect, respect, respect" message to a pernickety journalist in the post-match press conference

While the sports pages in Britain the day after the night before talk of 'Mour misery' and 'Moura woe' the message from the innards of Old Trafford is that there will be no change at the top, Mourinho still has the backing of his bosses and his fans. 
The players? Well, that's a whole different kettle of cats although long-term adversary of Mourinho, Luke Shaw, promised positively that "I am sure we will start winning more games," after a start to the season that sees two league defeats and just the single win.  
The XTRA is the place to be on Tuesday as we ponder over whether The Special One can dig himself and his club out of a special mess. 

Real Madrid focusing on Mariano return
Well, one story built on sand and jelly is collapsing faster than Manchester United’s season. That story is the ‘PSG to be punished by UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play rules and losing Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid'.
UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, in an interview announced that any decision was likely to come later rather than sooner. On another note, he also denied that VAR was going to be introduced into the latter stages of the Champions League this season.
So that means Real Madrid has been linked with a brand-new transfer target now that the stories of Mbappe, and Valencia’s Rodrigo have gone cold – that player is Mariano of Lyon, who was a Madrid man until a year ago but was supposedly on his way to Sevilla. Marca is reporting that Madrid boss, Julen Lopetegui called the forward to persuade him to return to the Santiago Bernabeu. Not a bad move really considering the 25-year-old scored 18 Ligue 1 goals last season.


That and many other stories will be leading the way in our daily Transfer Tracker show the beIN SPORTS USA Facebook page at 12PM ET / 9AM PT or to be watched back at your leisure.

Champions collide across the Atlantic
Games! Games! Games!
The Champions League (pre-Champions League really) takes place on Tuesday with three matches.
Now this is where you need to stay patient. These clashes – and three more on Wednesday - are the second legs of the play-off round, which sees the ultimate winners of the double-headers going into the group stage draw on Thursday. Most ties on Tuesday are fairly even with Salzburg going into a clash with Crvena Zvezda with the scores at 0-0, Greek side PAOK hosting Benfica at 1-1, however PSV is at home and holds a slight 3-2 advantage over BATE.

The Copa Libertadores is also in action in South America. The competition is at the Round of 16, second-leg stage and there is a huge clash between Gremio and Estudiantes with the Argentinean side holding a 2-1 lead. Atletico Nacional of Colombia has an awful lot of work to do to turn around a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Tucuman while it is very much honors even in another Brazil versus Argentina battle as Santos takes on Independiente at 0-0 from the first leg.

Ronaldo to join Lebron in ownership ranks
A leading figure of the world’s beautiful game has taken one look at Valladolid’s pitch imperfection on Saturday and realized that action is going to be needed.
That person is the Brazilian Ronaldo with a story circulating on Tuesday that the great of the game is looking at buying the La Liga club for $35 million – the price of half of Everton’s Richarlison and considerably less than the $2 billion asking price for Chelsea.


Sports Burst says it’s a win-win for everyone. Helps put Valladolid on the map – and give people more practice in pronouncing it – it’s an easy hop on the train from Madrid for Ronaldo. Make it so!

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