Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Man Utd handed Champions League boost as Juventus suffer triple injury blow

Man Utd handed Champions League boost as Juventus suffer triple injury blow

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he maintains a "good relationship" with Paul Pogba in contrast to reports of long-running friction.

The duo's return to fitness will come as a welcome double boost to Jose Mourinho as United look to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to Juventus in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford last month.

Manchester United are on a two-game winless run in the group stage after beating BSC Young Boys on matchday one of Group H. That was another issue addressed by both men.

The incident does at least show that United are in good spirits ahead of their crunch Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday.

No side has won more away Champions League matches at Juventus than Manchester United (2, same as Bayern Munich). For me, it's not changed, I don't regret it at all.

The 27-year-old is certainly the best player we have at United and was brilliant in our 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

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Speaking to Spanish publication Sport, Deco said, "I do not discuss whether they [Real] are playing well or badly, but did people really think they would be the same without Cristiano?".

"The press says we have a awful relationship, Paul some weeks ago said we had a typical coach-player relationship, I think we have a good relationship".

The Italian champions have yet to concede a goal in the competition this season and have lost just twice in 34 European games since moving to the Allianz Stadium. No inspiration. Honestly, it was shameful when you represent a club like that. The former has a muscle problem in his left adductor while the latter has a bruised right hip. We're Manchester United and we always expect more and [people] expect better from us.

But because of the sheer volume of talent at his disposal, picking a "Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United XI" was anything but an easy task.

"But it is fantastic to have this feeling that it doesn't matter the result, we know the game is not over". "I think that the only player in the world or who I've seen, running with the ball as if it's stuck to his foot, is Leo Messi".

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