In a statement published on their official website (via the Daily Mail) on Friday, however, the reigning Premier League champions revealed that they would stand by their club's supporters' trust after they were contacted by aggrieved fans over the proposal.
Jose is clearly aiming for nothing short of the Premier League title and will need his whole squad focused and raring to go in order to achieve it this season.
Indeed, 10 of their 21 goals in the Premier League have been scored after the 80-minute mark to hark back to a theme that was common during the glory days under Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils sit top following comfortable victories over Basel and CSKA Moscow, while the Portuguese outfit have lost both and were beaten 5-0 by the Swiss champions on matchday two.
The London side would have to travel to Merseyside for the away game and would be at risk of not making it back in time to spend Christmas with their family. Yes, it can be argued that the Red Devils have played against "weaker" teams compared to the Citizens but their improvement in terms of style of play has been crystal clear. But just who will finish in the top four this season?
A final decision has yet to be made, and we should know more about the situation over the coming weeks.
Indeed, next up is the small matter of a trip to bitter rivals Liverpool on October 14. United create pretty much at the same rate they did last season, but their conversion rate has shot up significantly. And fewer in the Premier League. They looked stunning against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League before welcoming Manchester City to Stamford Bridge - a game in which they were far inferior. As is always the case, some clubs have enjoyed great starts, some sketchy and unsure while a few other clubs have downright disappointed going into this second worldwide break in October. The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 4-0 home win, and Mourinho will be desperate for some revenge over his former club. "They are better than CSKA and Basel".
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