Jose Mourinho has been reflecting on the World Cup and how it may impact on Manchester United getting off on the right note in the Premier League.

Man Utd’s record signing Paul Pogba lifted the World Cup yesterday but Mourinho believes there is no chance of him being involved when the Premier League kicks off.

The Old Trafford boss thinks players need an absolute minimum of three weeks recovery time after their World Cup involvement, essential for ‘their body and soul’, bringing them back earlier with any intention of playing them from the start in the Premier League, would simply risk them missing bigger chunks of the Premier League season.

As well as Paul Pogba, the final weekend of games also saw the likes of Lukaku, Jones, Fellaini, Rashford and Young still in Russia for the third/fourth play-off.

It is only now 25 days until Manchester United start their league season, to cap it all, they are the first game on the Friday (10 August) night, at home to Leicester in live TV.

Which then brings us to the second Premier League game to kick-off, Newcastle hosting Tottenham in the 12.30pm lunchtime game on Saturday 11 August.

With Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City amongst the first five opponents, Rafa Benitez needs every bit of help he can get.

Lloris was a World Cup winner on Sunday, whilst on Saturday, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele finished third with Belgium.

Added to that, you had Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and Danny Rose with England.

Difficult to see Mauricio Pochettino taking any more risks than Jose Mourinho, so there must be question marks  against all of these nine playing against Newcastle United.

Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Heung-Min Son were knocked out of the World Cup earlier so they should all have a better chance.

However, Ki Sung-yueng previously revealed that he had been given a month to recover by Newcastle United and would only be back at the training ground two weeks before the start of the season, which means he says, he has no chance of being 100% by the time of that Tottenham match.

With Mitro expected to leave shortly, Rafa will have had a full and perfect preparation with his team for the Spurs match, surely giving Newcastle a perfect opportunity to get three points on the opening day. Rafa Benitez and the fans are desperately disappointed with this transfer window so far, so grateful for any small mercy.

Looking ahead, with the Qatar World Cup now confirmed as running from November to December in 2022, I can’t begin to imagine how unhappy Premier League managers are going to be when that comes around.

Jose Mourinho talking to Russia Today:

“We cannot start the Premier League with our players that were in the World Cup.

“Which is a shame for the most important club competition in Europe.

“Three week is the minimum (recovery time) that their body and soul needs, which is the minimum for them to return and think about football again (after the World Cup).

“To bring them back before that would be…’OK, I can have you for the first match of the season but maybe I don’t have you in three or four months.

“I think three weeks is the minimum they need.

“Which means they (Man Utd players involved in World Cup final weekend) are going to be back in the week when the Premier League starts.

“This means they’re not ready to start the Premier League, which is I think difficult to understand, where we could have one more week to prepare everybody.”



  • Paul Patterson

    The Qatar World Cup is a farce waiting to happen . .

    • Peter C

      Couldn’t agree more, even the latest World Cup which I have to say, has looked fabulous, and gone on without any serious mishap or incident, was won with bribery.

      FIFA must be the most corrupt organisation, there is on the planet.

      With regard to Qatar, many tens of workers building the stadiums have been killed, that’s not to mention, the workforce which is made up of thousands of 3rd world migrant workers, are living in conditions not fit for animals.

      FIFA and the Qatari authorities should be ashamed and prosecuted.

      • Geordiegiants

        Then we get all of these tosssers standing in Newcastle protesting against Trump, I don’t see many of them doing the same for these people.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Using what is virtually slave labour in terrible conditions but not a whisper from the lefties & snowflakes

          • Geordiegiants

            It’s the media, they have their own agenda, they use the most popular topics to gain views. It’s not fashionable to call out the nations that are torturing and enslaving their people.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            It`s media driven ok, just as it`s coming home bullshit was

          • Geordiegiants

            Exactly like that👍

        • Peter C

          Geordie, I don’t believe people standing in Newcastle, protesting against Donald Trump are tossers, as you suggest.

          The same way I don’t believe, our fans who protest against our two faced, dishonest and misleading owner are.

          However the Qatari situation is far more serious, as it involves the exploitation of thousands of poor workers from 3rd world countries, who have no or very few rights.

          I believe that if the English FA, and other national football associations had any decency, they would boycott the next World Cup, or at least demand, that those responsible for the deplorable conditions should be prosecuted.

          When was it last reported in the Media, how bad things were in Qatar.

          This is about powerful men, institutions and countries, perpetrating a massive stitch up, to cover up huge misdeeds, all in the name of making masses of amounts of money.

          And without doubt those on the executive committee within FIFA, are the ones who have their noses in the trough, more than anyone else.

          The organisation is riddled with greedy faceless bureaucratic administrators, making a fortune for doing very little or nothing.

          I’m not sure if you remember, but the FBI compared it, to that of the Mafia, for its level of corruption and law breaking.

          But how many ordinary football fans or the general public are aware of these facts.

          I’m sure if more people knew about what was going on within its core, there would be more of an outcry.

          • Geordiegiants

            I do, he was democratically voted in and that’s what the people want. Exactly the same as Brexit. Why can’t people just get on with it? Mike Ashley is a different kettle of fish, he is a dictator type, playing on people’s emotions, tradition and heritage. I don’t see many of them protesting though, they just sit on their hand in silence at the match doing fuckall.

          • Peter C

            Geordie, would you want him to be in power in this country, because I wouldn’t, he is a total tool and habitual liar.

            Most Americans must be half wits and totally gullible, the guy is power mad and a narcissist, does that remind you of someone closer to home.

            Trump used his money to con a nation, Ashley used his money to induce Hall and Shepard to sell. The two of them have more in common, than just being billionaires.

          • Geordiegiants

            To be fair I wouldn’t no, but I would love him to be sorting Brexit.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Proper moral compass is Fifa. Just ignore the multiple human rights violations like you said, there treatment of women, support of terrosim etc..it’s mental how it’s going ahead

        • Peaky

          Infantino or whatever you call him was practically up Putin’s arce at that final yesterday….

          • SuperDesHamilton

            He’ll of been able to taste what putin ate, it was cringe worthy

        • Peter C

          Because, money talks!

          I bet, there’s hardly an official at FIFA, and including national football associations, who hasn’t had their hands in the cookie jar, in one way or another.

          What I would like to know is, when are people going to be held to account.

          The answer that I’ve come up with, is never !

          • SuperDesHamilton

            People with money pay their way out of trouble. Everything’s went very quiet with Jack Warner & Blatter

    • Rob Brown

      It I won’t be that good.

  • Paul9

    I have to agree with both comments and to make matters worse it interferes with all of Europe’s football leagues having it in November and December on the bright as we don’t have internationals who play in the World Cup I think we’ll have a good season in 4 years time

    • Leicester Mag

      Eye in championship most likely if the King of Sports tat still remains

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The top 6 teams have better players on the bench than we have in the team
    looking at our first half dozen fixtures we may not get a win until the end of September.
    the Fat Lad`s dicing with death again & a couple of injuries and we`re knackered

  • Dillon Tovak

    I’m intrigued to know what’s going to happen with Son, he turns 28 in August and that’s when South Korea’s do 2 years military service. Only exceptions are an Olympic gold or a fantastic World Cup.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He`s only 26 Dillon

      • Dillon Tovak

        Ah cheers.

    • Steve Smith

      Fairly sure it’s around 19/20 that they are conscripted.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      One of the teams in Korea is strictly an army team so he’ll still be able to play when he’s conscripted

    • East Durham Mag

      Conscription in South Korea is 2 years between the ages 18 to 35 mate.

  • Billmag

    We wouldn’t be debating this if we had some decent signings at the club.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Imagine if we had this problem…we’d be a big ambitious club. That’ll never ever ever happen under Ashley’s owenership

  • pedrodelgardo

    This is why I didn’t agree all the doom and gloom when the fixtures came out – couldn’t be better in my humble.

  • Peaky

    The two men’s semi finals at Wimbledon we’re almost 7 hrs & 6 hrs respectively……the winners played in the final approximately 42hrs & 24hrs later……but footballers need a good long rest…..poor pampered little diddums all of them.

    • East Durham Mag

      Along with Rugby players smashing each other with some truly eye watering tackles who just get up and carry on. Watching Cristiano Ronaldo and lots of others diving around for the slightest thing boils my pi$$. Footballers are big girls blouses for the most part.

      • Peaky

        They certainly are now compared to the older days….it all seems to coincide with the start of the PL and SKY and the millions pumped into the game….some of the real hardmen of years gone by would have had most of today’s players bubbling like babies in no time.

  • Rob Brown

    So you don’t think it’s at all possible that this is just Mourinho playing mind games, as he does every season?

  • Peaky

    Jose should be more concerned as to why Pogba plays the way he does for France yet is average at best at Man Utd…..not Jose’s fault of course…

    • Ba ba.

      Aye he puts the shackles on a great player

    • NUFCDan

      I know he didn’t have a great game in the final but most central midfielders look better playing alongside Kante as he covers so much ground and does all of the dirty work in front of the defence.

      • Peaky

        The French seem to have a habit of producing quality Kante type players…Makelele & of course Deschamps himself.

    • Keeganontherebound

      Pogba looks great for France and looked class at Juve. Mourinho is turning into the rich man’s Pardew.

      • Peaky

        😂😂 Brilliant……Mourinhoed !!!

  • grantham mag

    Man Utd could play there reserve side and it would still look better on paper than NUFC side.

    • Kev Newcastle England

      But we beat their FIRST team at home last season you D ICK

      • grantham mag

        I never said we would get beat you PR ick.

  • Wor Lass

    Maybe the top teams should plan ahead and just buy cr*p players.

  • Mark Andrews

    Sounds like Jose is getting his excuses in early in case man United get off to a bad start . Anyway what’s he doing talking to putins mouthpiece Russia today? The man’s a disgrace

  • wheyayeman

    Sick of the utter bile on here, too many Ashley apologists or maybe just a couple under a few different usernames ruin fan discussion, pathetic cut n paste ‘articles’, comments cut and pasted from retired players with absolutely no connection to the club followed by invites to bet. Enough, might miss a few of you, some of you have already left, others won’t care and that’s fine. Anyway I’m off to find a new fansite and not coming back- any recommendations ?

    • Viru leckworth

      Not NUFC blog. There are little cliques of people who talk amongst themselves, often with no relation to football in general or NUFC IN perticular.

  • wheyayeman

    This site is dead! Everyones leaving

  • Dillon Tovak

    I don’t care if players are out or not.
    It’s like in the World Cup, I wanted England to come up against better teams. If you win, the glory is real and sticks with you for years.
    Like ‘96 against Holland, unlike ‘18 against Sweden.

  • Rob

    Was in Ladbrokes today we’re 500-1 to win premiership and 6-1 to get relegated.

    Those odds say everything you need to know about why fans aren’t clamouring to renew season tickets.