Marouane Fellaini will not sign a new contract at Manchester United

Arnold Nichols
December 27, 2017

The League Cup holders were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of this year's competition by Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City on Wednesday after Korey Smith's injury-time victor. They are different things.

"One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team".

The Portuguese claimed that he does not have enough funds to go toe-to-toe with City boss, Pep Guardiola, who he says "buy the full-backs for the price of strikers".

With Antonio Valencia injured, Pogba wore the captain's armband at King Power Stadium but Mourinho refused to talk about leadership responsibilities as he ended his post-match news conference.

United signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton in the summer for £75m and Paul Pogba past year for a world record £89m fee.

They run the risk of sliding further into the mire, you feel.

Mourinho was then asked if he meant to spend big in the January transfer window but left the room before answering.

Either side of that chance, though, the home side were asking all the questions as Burnley - boasting the fourth-best defensive record in the division prior to today - continued to stand firm at the back.


But Burnley stunned Old Trafford for a second time nine minutes before the break, when Defour curled a sublime free-kick into the top-left corner from 25 yards out to double the visitors' lead.

After being unhappy with the goals conceded in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Leicester, he said such defending should be described with a word beginning with S. He left the actual word to the imagination of those present.

Even as United got quite many more opportunities to kill the game, they failed to capitalise those chances.

But there was no disguising the setback this draw handed Mourinho, with a handful of supporters booing the team off at the interval.

"So the boys are doing what they can and they are doing fine".

"But after that, we stayed positive and had plenty of players in the box to score goals and I'm glad that we did". "No critics to my players".

The draw is another commendable result for Burnley on the road this season, with Sean Dyche's side having beaten Chelsea and Everton and taken points away at Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but they - just like United - are unlikely to celebrate with much gusto.

Dyche said: "Overall, to come here and get a point is very pleasing, especially when the squad is stretched". Sometimes fear can creep into players but it wasn't there.

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