Sports Burst - Mourinho's End of Days?

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Arsenal defeat could spell beginning of the end of Mourinho at Manchester United 

 

Should Manchester United fall to Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday in a Premier League clash, then there could be another coach making a dramatic but joyful sprint on to the pitch to celebrate. Although Jurgen Klopp will be in the vicinity, the excitable German will be busy with his Liverpool side taking on Burnley.

Instead, it could be Arsene Wenger in full flight - an old adversary of Mourinho, and a figure that would surely celebrate the downfall of a coach who could be seeing the exit door with a loss to the Gunners today. 

Yes, the 'Mourinho on borrowed time' story has been trotted out a few times by Sports Burst over the past 12 months, but there definitely seems to be some kind of end-game in play for the Special One. 

Over the past few days alone, United slipped even further behind the top-four places after a draw against Southampton. Mourinho said that players lacked character, reportedly called Paul Pogba a virus and refused to cooperate with the United's in-house TV channel - akin Fox News being ignored by a certain someone. 

 

Mourinho's only asset in his survival fight at Old Trafford has been promising the delivery of a Champions League spot - important to a club whose love of the bottom line is greater than that of entertainment or silverware these days. A defeat to Arsenal could leave United 11 points behind this goal and a certain Frenchman watching on and getting ready for a famous sprint across the pitch.  

Find out on Sports Burst live at 12PM ET / 9AM PT on our beIN SPORTS Facebook page if this truly is the beginning of the end for Mourinho at Manchester United. 

 

Barcelona back in action in Copa del Rey return 

 

That show launches what is set to be a busy bee of a day at beIN SPORTS with a huge batch of Copa del Rey and Ligue 1 matches in play. 

Barcelona is back at the Camp Nou where ideally they will be looking to hold on to - and increase - a 1-0 lead over third-tier Cultural Leonesa in a Last 32 second leg Copa del Rey clash. That game is live on beIN SPORTS at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT and preceded by Atletico Madrid taking on Sant Andreu, and also holding onto a slender 1-0 margin. 

 

Today is the last chance to catch PSG in the league for a good ten days with the weekend's fixture against Montpellier postponed due to security concerns in France at the moment. Neymar and co are away at Strasbourg, a team that inflicted the PSG's first league defeat last season in early December a year ago. 

 

Copa Libertadores final set after teams start journey to Madrid 

 

Well, after three postponements of two games, heavy rains, crowd violence, players being tear-gassed and taken to hospital, organizational chaos, clubs threatening law suits, protests and pretty much everything except hunger strikes, the 2018 Copa Libertadores final will finally come to a close on Sunday in Madrid. 

The Boca Juniors party left Argentina on Tuesday night to quite the send-off from supporters who walked alongside the team bus as it headed for the airport to travel to Madrid. The River Plate posse is due to set sail - well, fly - on Wednesday to the Spanish capital when both sets of teams will base their camps at opposite ends of the city. 

 

Boca Juniors will be training at the home of the Spanish national team, while River Plate is set to be at Real Madrid's training ground, a club currently coached by a former River Plate player in Santiago Solari.

However, neither side are particularly happy about the outcome, especially the River Plate camp which is losing home field advantage in a tie that currently stands at 2-2. "Some day we will remember this as a complete embarrassment," sighed River Plate manager, Marcelo Gallardo on the match that is taking place one continent, one hemisphere, one ocean and 6,238 miles from where it is supposed to. 

 

Bayern boss dismisses concept of Cristiano cash splash 

 

Bayern Munich has demonstrated why footballing matters have not been going so swimmingly for the club of late. The club president Uli Hoeness has branded Cristiano Ronaldo as a "senior" and sniffed that the Bundesliga club would not have paid 100 million euro for a 33-year-old. "It's a deal we'd never have done. If he was 24, we'd have completed it with our eyes closed."

Worth mentioning at this point that Cristiano Ronaldo was second on the Ballon d'Or podium - although that did not go down too well with the Portuguese camp - and has ten Serie A goals already for Juventus in just his first season in Italy, meaning that the forward has excelled in three different leagues. 

Bayern is currently nine points off the top of the Bundesliga standings, and replying on the 34-year-old Arjen Robben holding his muscles together this season for any kind of success.