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01.08.2019 03:11
performances suggest the record 20-time English champions are regressing. Even Mourinho calls his team fragile.With five losses Antworten

LONDON -- Manchester United hoped Jose Mourinho would provide a quick-fix.Hire the manager renowned as a serial winner and the stupor of the fleeting David Moyes and Louis van Gaal eras would vanish.Theres little sign of that.If anything, results and performances suggest the record 20-time English champions are regressing. Even Mourinho calls his team fragile.With five losses in his opening 16 games, Mourinho has made a worse start than Alex Fergusons two immediate successors who never came close to winning the Premier League or Champions League.Under Mourinho, United is even a diminished force in the second-tier Europa League. A 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce on Thursday left United third in its group with only six points out of a possible 12.Although Mourinho has previously expressed his disdain for UEFAs Thursday night competition, the Portuguese coach doesnt expect his team to slacken. Theres pride on the line, if little prestige.Our problem started in our global attitude, Mourinho said, berating his team for treating for the game like a friendly.The only encouraging moment in Turkey for United was Wayne Rooney ending a goal drought of almost three months -- a moment of personal satisfaction, certainly for the 31-year-old captain. But there is little evidence Rooney, so ineffective for Mourinho, will provide any potency on Sunday at Swansea.Rooneys only goals this season have come against the Turkish leagues fifth-place team and Bournemouth. No team of any might has felt threatened by the presence of the fading Rooney.While Rooney symbolizes some of Uniteds shortcomings, the burden of the blame shouldnt rest on the striker.There are clearly deeper flaws when the team goes through October without winning a single Premier League game, drawing three times and losing once on Mourinhos humiliating return to Chelsea.And in those four games, United has scored only once -- failing even to find a way past promoted Burnley last weekend to drop to eighth in the league.Sometimes teams dont score goals because of their philosophy, because the team isnt aggressive enough and doesnt risk enough, Mourinho said.Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the ground running with four goals in four games after signing amid great fanfare in July, but since then the 35-year-old forward has looked his age by netting only once in 11.Some players in our attacking areas lack confidence, Mourinho said. Theyre not sharp and getting the chances that they can.And the treatment room is getting crowded, too.Center backs Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling were joined on the injury list on Thursday by Paul Pogba, who limped off with a thigh injury.Not that Pogba, the worlds most expensive player, has been looking like a 105 million euro ($117 million) midfielder since rejoining the club in August.Then theres another of Mourinhos signings: Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian played the last 30 minutes of the loss in Turkey after two months out of the team. But the attacking midfielder is a shadow of the player who scored 23 goals and set up another 32 last season for Borussia Dortmund.He has to do more, it is as simple as that, Mourinho said. We have big expectations in the club. We have lots of players for these positions and he has to play better than (Juan) Mata, he has to play better than (Jesse) Lingard, he has to play better than (Anthony) Martial.(Mkhitaryan) has to play better than them. It is as simple as that. Every manager in the world wants to win matches ... I am no different.But something has changed with the two-time Champions League-winning coach, who is exhibiting the sullen and downbeat demeanor only seen later in his reigns at Chelsea, Inter Milan or Real Madrid.United should have read the warning signs.Maybe last season at Chelsea -- when a title-winning team tumbled into the lower-reaches of the Premier League -- was not a blip.Can the 53-year-old Mourinho still find a way to innovate and rejuvenate United in the way Juergen Klopp has turned Liverpool into a title contender again or Mauricio Pochettino has refreshed Tottenham?Sundays trip to south Wales offers the perfect platform to halt Uniteds four-match run without a win in the legaue against a Swansea side winless in nine and second-from-last.Mourinho will certainly have a good seat to evaluate his team in Swansea, after being banned from the touchline for two separate offenses toward referees. 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Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. CINCINNATI -- No. 17 Xavier got outrebounded for the first time all season and wasted several chances to put the game away, allowing it to come down to a final free throw. Trevon Bluiett made it.Bluiett scored 20 points, including three free throws in the final 19 seconds, and the Musketeers held on for a 69-65 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday night in their annual game dedicated to former coach Skip Prosser .The Musketeers (9-2) led most of the second half but didnt have the game in hand until Bluiett hit one of his two free throws with 2 seconds left. Wake Forest (8-3) missed a pair of 3-point shots that could have tied it before Bluiett got the rebound and was fouled.Something may be off, said point guard Edmond Sumner, who had 17 points and six turnovers. At times you can see were clicking, but its not through a whole half, its in spurts. We still have to figure out whats going on.John Collins had his sixth consecutive double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Bryant Crawford scored 20 points for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest missed all of its 12 shots from beyond the arc in the second half and finished 5 of 25 on 3-pointers.Were still going to shoot it, coach Danny Manning said. Were going to shoot it 12 times the next game. Normally we make our fair share.There were nine ties and 11 lead changes in a back-and-forth game, with the Musketeers holding a slim lead for most of the second half. Sumner had a bank shot high off the backboard, and J.P. Macura had a steal and layup that made it 66-61 with 1:29 left.Sumner and Bluiett both missed the front end in the bonus before Bluiett finally closed it out from the line.Even when were not on top of our game, we can still close games out, Bluiett said. Its a good feeling for us to know were capable of doing that. We dont want to keep putting ourselves in those situations.ddddddddddddOUTREBOUNDEDThe Demon Deacons became the first team to outrebound Xavier this season, getting a 38-37 edge that included 15 offensive rebounds.ARC WOESWake Forest has done much better at shooting the 3 this season, making 38.8 percent before Saturdays game. Theyve been a team of extremes, tough, making 13 twice and five or less four times.We were getting good looks at the basket but the ball wasnt falling, Crawford said. We should have gone inside more, found other ways to score.POLL IMPLICATIONSXavier has won its last two games, including a 77-69 victory over Utah, to stabilize in the poll after dropping because of back-to-back road losses against Baylor and Colorado.BIG PICTUREWake Forest: The Demon Deacons have lost both of their games against ranked teams this season, including 96-77 to Villanova in the Charleston Classic. Theyre 1-12 against ranked teams in last two seasons, including a win over No. 13 Indiana in the Maui Invitational. Their last win on the road over a ranked team was 82-69 at No. 24 North Carolina on Jan. 20, 2010.Xavier: The Musketeers soft passes led to repeated turnovers that played into Wake Forests hands. Xavier had 10 turnovers in the first half and 15 overall.That was just us doing careless stuff, like me traveling two times, Sumner said. It wasnt because of the pressure.UP NEXTWake Forest returns home and finished non-conference play against LSU on Thursday. The Demon Deacons won in Baton Rouge 77-71 last season.Xavier hosts Eastern Washington on Tuesday before opening Big East play by hosting Providence on Dec. 28.---More AP college basketball: ' ' '



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