6am Manchester United news: Mourinho told to shut it by Old Trafford chiefs, Rashford set for Lukaku place, FA charge fought and the Analyst slates Jose strike tactics

WORRIED Manchester United chiefs tell Jose Mourinho to SHUT IT – while SunSport writers OPEN UP on some damning stats for out-of-form striker Romelu Lukaku.

Read on below for all the details, plus the latest on Mourinho‘s FA charges, news of an Old Trafford legend announcing his retirement and much more.

Jose Mourinho might have to cover his mouth more often if Man Utd chiefs get their way
Jose Mourinho might have to cover his mouth more often if Man Utd chiefs get their way
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NO MOUR LIP, PLEASE

JOSE MOURINHO has been ordered to bite his lip by Manchester United’s top brass.

The Glazer family, which owns the club, fear his outbursts damage United’s worldwide reputation, even though his latest FA rap is being vigorously contested.

ROME CONQUERED BY STATS

ROMELU LUKAKU is facing the axe with Marcus Rashford set to get a run up front for Manchester United.

Belgian Lukaku has failed to score in eight straight games now and had shocking stats in the 1-0 home loss against Juventus.

BLAME TACTICS FOR LUKAKU WOE

SUNSPORTS Analyst Danny Higginbotham believes Man Utd are not playing to Romelu Lukaku’s strengths.

Higgo says his power and pace are wasted as he is stranded up front – and inevitably loses the ball.

UTD FIGHT FA’S TOON CHARGE

MANCHESTER UNITED are contesting Jose Mourinho’s FA charge for using foul language.

The 55-year-old was charged with using abusive, insulting or improper language after overseeing this month’s 3-2 comeback win against Newcastle.

IN THE RON

UNITED have been charged by Uefa after their fans invaded the pitch during their Champions League defeat to Juventus.

A supporter ran onto the pitch and straight to ex-Red Devils star Cristiano Ronaldo, getting a selfie in the process.

RVP READY FOR LAST LAUGH

FORMER Manchester United and Arsenal hero Robin van Persie is set to retire at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old, who currently plays for Feyenoord, said in an interview that he had “lost the fun”.

BITTERSWEET VERDICT

MANCHESTER UNITED fan Richard Ashcroft has revealed he would rather the club be relegated and play the right way as he slams defensive tactics.

The former Verve frontman has insisted that the blame can’t all lie on Jose Mourinho, but believes the spirit of the club has been lost since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

ZLAT’S BACK?

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has been making it look easy in the MLS, scoring 22 in 26 goals since moving to America.

And with their off-season break from January to March, the Swede is now 7-2 to return to Man United on a loan spell.

NEV’S PLAN

THE RED DEVILS need to stop competing for the Premier League and Champions League, and focus on preparing for next season.

Those are the words of United legend Phil Neville as they sit 10th in the league and lost to Juventus in Europe on Tuesday.

ICE COOL CRISTIANO

FORMER Man United defender Phil Neville has revealed how his old teammate Cristiano Ronaldo would have ice baths at 3am after Champions League matches.

The now-England women manager told of the Portuguese’s pursuit to be the best in the world and earned the respect of the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane.

‘DISGRACEFUL’

PAUL POGBA has been slammed by Manchester United fans… for smiling in the Juventus dressing room just minutes after his side’s woeful 1-0 defeat.

Juve winger Juan Cuadrado shared an snap of himself and Pogba in the away dressing room after the game.

JU HAVE THE BEST DEFENDERS

JOSE MOURINHO paid tribute to Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci after Manchester United’s 1-0 Champions League humbling at Old Trafford.

Paulo Dybala‘s 17th-minute strike left United five points behind the group leaders.

CRISTIANO SNAPS THEN TAKES SNAP

CRISTIANO RONALDO challenged a pitch invader – then got a selfie with the Old Trafford interloper.

The former Manchester United star grimaced at first but was grinning by the end of the exchange – just like his Juventus team-mates following their classy 1-0 triumph.

RIO AND SCHOLES’ DAMNING VERDICT

RIO FERDINAND insisted it was “men against boys” and fellow Manchester United old boy Paul Scholes rated Juventus as “a class above” in their 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Click HERE for their full reaction to a sobering champions League loss for Jose Mourinho‘s men.

UTD FANS ARE RON SONG

OLD TRAFFORD supporters sung “Viva Ronaldo” as the Manchester United legend walked off a winner with Juventus on Tuesday night.

Much like boss Jose Mourinho, the home faithful delivered an honest verdict as United were left with just four points from their first three Champions League group games.

I WANT MOUR

ANTHONY MARTIAL is keen to sign a new Manchester United deal – even if Jose Mourinho stays at the club.

The French winger was linked with an Old Trafford departure in the summer as his relationship with the Special One appeared to sour.

IAN THE MAN

JOSE MOURINHO’S bust up with Marco Ianni could be exactly the spark the Special One needed to revive Manchester United’s fortunes, SunSport columnist Ian Wright believes.

Wrighty says the Portuguese boss will enjoy huge backing from everyone at Old Trafford as the Red Devils go into their crucial clash with Juventus.

MILAN MAGIC

MANCHESTER UNITED have been alerted to the availability of promising Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar.

The 23-year-old Slovakian has yet to agree a new deal at the San Siro and United are desperate to shore up their defence.

RONALDO THANKS FERGIE

CRISTIANO RONALDO says Alex Ferguson gave his career a “huge lift” – as the Juventus superstar makes an “emotional” return to Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Ron, 33, said: “I can remember I won lots here. Cups and leagues. “The support was fantastic.”

LEO-NO GO FOR JOSE

LEONARDO BONUCCI claims he rejected Manchester United to return to Juventus in the summer.

The world-class centre-back has revealed he was targeted by Jose Mourinho despite struggling to impress during his season’s loan with at AC Milan.

DON’T STAIN MARC

JOSE MOURINHO says it is time to lay off Marco Ianni and has dismissed calls for the Chelsea coach to be sacked.

Ianni sparked a melee at the mouth of the Stamford Bridge tunnel on Saturday after celebrating in front of the Manchester United boss when Ross Barkley plundered a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw.

A SPECIAL ONE

CRISTIANO RONALDO has been hailed as one of the all-time greats by his former boss Jose Mourinho.

The two Portuguese egos have had a turbulent relationship in the past but Mourinho was more than happy to sing the Juventus star’s praises in his pre-match press conference for the Juventus clash.

MOUR TO COME

JOSE MOURINHO has shut down rumours of a sensational move back to Real Madrid and insisted he is eyeing a new deal at Old Trafford.

Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui is on the verge of the sack but the Special One has a contract to 2020 and says he wants to stay even longer than that.

LOVE EIGHT RELATIONSHIP

ANTHONY MARTIAL may have saved Jose Mourinho’s job as his equaliser helped Manchester United to a stunning 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle two weeks ago.

But he also cost the club £8.7m as that strike meant the Red Devils had to pay the latest instalment to Monaco following his transfer three years ago.

MOLE UNITED

JOSE MOURINHO is reportedly launching an internal investigation after a mole leaked Manchester United’s team for the second time this season.

The club’s Portuguese manager was furious to discover the correct starting XI had been posted online before Saturday’s clash at Chelsea.

SHOW MOUR RESPECT

MAURIZIO SARRI has risked the wrath of Chelsea fans by telling them Jose Mourinho deserves more respect.

Manchester United boss Mourinho was verbally abused by Blues supporters on Saturday as the Special One held up three fingers to illustrate the three titles he won at Chelsea.

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