As is customary, today’s tell-all had its Ryder Cup enjoyment tempered by braying and honking golf fans
Another weekend, another poor Manchester United performance and inevitably – and yes, we’re bored too – another raft of speculation regarding the mushroom cloud gradually forming in the sky over Old Trafford. Since last we met, Manchester United had their collective derrière handed to them by West Ham at the London Stadium, prompting more hand-wringing, chuntering and speculation over what’s going on and what’s likely to happen next. A little under a month ago, José Mourinho said he didn’t think he was in danger of losing his job and joked that it would cost United too much money to sack him, but now he is reported to be convinced his employers have sounded out Zinedine Zidane as a potential successor behind his back. The former Real Madrid manager is currently out of work, but is understood to be mulling over an offer to become technical director at Juventus. As expected, United have dismissed as nonsense the very notion that Zidane has been approached.
While securing his own future (or lucrative pay-off) is likely to be Mourinho’s primary concern, the confident 55-year-old is also fed up with the negligible contribution Alexis Sánchez has made to his squad since joining from Arsenal in January. The Chilean, who trousers £500,000 per week at United, is reported to have been furious at being left out of United’s squad on Saturday and is said to have told his former Arsenal teammate, the West Ham striker Lucas Pérez, that he regrets joining the club.