Manchester United set to activate David de Gea one-year contract option


"Felli works hard. That is what you can demand and that is what a player has to do without anyone demanding it, and he does that", said Mourinho, whose side are struggling in seventh place in the Premier League.

United qualify for the last 16 after Valencia lost 1-0 to Juventus in Turin.

Have they convinced manager Jose Mourinho?

Martial's form won him the Red Devils Player of the Month in October and has made him the clubs top goal scorer so far this season.

The fact the scoreboard was scoreless at that time wasn't even a surprise, just another below-par home match, this time against the Swiss champions whom they beat 3-0 in Berne in September.

Never one of my teams stayed in the group phase.

But United have triggered the extension clause to keep De Gea at Old Trafford for at least another season and remain in talks with him over a long-term contract. I think we didn't play for that, we didn't play for 0-0.

United were simply dismal as they scraped past Young Boys thanks to a last-minute Marouane Fellaini goal.

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Mourinho made his frustration known by letting out an undoubtedly cathartic cheer, jumping and fist-pumping the air, just as any manager celebrating a last minute victor would.

"A save that the best goalkeeper in the world does and gives his team the possibility to win the match".

"It was relief", said Mourinho. "He's a world-class player, the best goalkeeper in the world".

Jose Mourinho opted to start Rashford in a central role up front as Belgium global Romelu Lukaku dropped to the bench for the European clash.

That has often entailed one of their defenders launching the ball forward to Romelu Lukaku and the Belgian trying to bring his team-mates into play.

Mourinho would rather the focus be on the players he selected and not those he left out. He's undoubtedly one of the best in the world at grabbing goals like this, but United fans should not be celebrating.

If Manchester United finish second - which seems more plausible now - they could only meet the first-placed teams.