Manchester United star Marcus Rashord suffered from growing pains last season… but is better and BIGGER than ever now

The Manchester United teen’s condition — caused by growing pains — got so bad he sometimes could not travel to games on the train.And Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho kept Rashford’s ailment a secret amid fears defenders would target him. SunSport can today reveal the striker’s problem — which he has fully recovered from — was caused by the fact he was still growing. He was 5ft 11in when Mourinho arrived at the club last summer — but is now an inch taller. It meant Mourinho had to leave Rashford, 19, out of some games that were going to be too physical.

He started just 16 league games last season, and only one of the last five, as Mourinho saved him for the Europa League run-in. It was thought last March that Rashford had been left out of their FA Cup fixture against Chelsea as he did not board the train at Stockport with the rest of the team.

In fact, he was being flown down separately to restrict the time he would be sat still on a train, which could have affected his back problem. Now Rashford is fully fit, Mourinho plans to use him as a more regular starter.

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REASON WHY CHELSEA AND CONTE HAVE CLASHES OVER PLAYERS TRANSFER

This is exclusively reported by Times UK

Antonio Conte is in a stand-off with the Chelsea hierarchy over transfer targets, with the club reluctant to bow to the manager’s request to spend significant sums of money on experienced players with little resale value. In addition to personal tension between Conte and some Chelsea staff brought about by what is perceived as his incessant demands, it is understood that there is also a philosophical difference between the Italian and the club as they seek to overhaul their squad. Senior Chelsea sources have told The Times that while Conte is concerned only with assembling a squad capable of competing in the Premier League and Champions League this season, the board have a responsibility to plan for the medium and long term.

FIVE PLAYERS ITALIAN WANTS

Fernando Llorente Club: Swansea City Age: 32

Ivan Perisic Club: Inter Milan Age: 28

Virgil van Dijk Club: Southampton Age: 26

Antonio Candreva Club: Inter Milan Age: 30

Alex Sandro Club: Juventus Age: 26

Conte’s remaining targets — Swansea City’s Fernando Llorente (age 32) and the Inter Milan pair, Antonio Candreva (30) and Ivan Perisic (28) — are nearer to the end of their careers and would therefore have little or no resale value. Chelsea have also signed Willy Caballero, the 35-year-old from Manchester City, as reserve goalkeeper, but he arrived on a free transfer.

Chelsea’s preferred transfer policy is to target young players whose market value will either remain stable or increase — the £41 million profit made from selling Oscar, who joined as a 20-year-old, to Shanghai SIPG in January being a prime example — but Conte has little interest in long-term planning.

Conte has proposed Leonardo Bonucci, 30, as a transfer target in each of the past two summers, but Chelsea refused to seriously pursue him, with the Italy defender instead leaving Juventus for AC Milan last month for £38 million. This clear difference in priorities is understood to be one of the reasons why Conte signed a two-year contract this summer rather than the four-year deal that he was initially offered, with both parties seemingly accepting that the manager’s stay at the club will be relatively short. Chelsea have also been disappointed with the time and opportunities that Conte has given to the club’s home- grown players, despite being told that youth development was a significant part of the job during his initial contract talks 18 months ago.

Chelsea’s desire to pursue young players with future resale value has been reinforced by a difficult transfer window, in which they took the gamble of selling Nemanja Matic to a direct rival in Manchester United to maximise a fee that could rise to as much as £40 million.

While Chelsea are frustrated by some of Conte’s demands, they will not be shocked. They are aware that Conte behaved similarly every year at Juventus, his former club, where despite winning three successive Serie A titles the manager was viewed as extremely high maintenance.

Juventus to make shock £22.5million bid for Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini if they fail to land No1 target Blaise Matuidi

This is exclusively reported by thesun.co.uk

The shock 3-2 defeat to Lazio in the Italian Super Cup has seen Massimiliano Allegri’s need for new additions only intensify.

JUVENTUS have made Marouane Fellaini one of their top targets as they look to bolster their midfield. Blaise Matuidi is still the Bianconeri’s first choice and reports in Italy suggest a deal with the current Paris Saint-Germain man could be reached by the weekend.

Reported interest from Galatasaray led Jose Mourinho to admit it would be easier for a club to sign him than it would be the Belgian. However, Juventus are hopeful Nemanja Matic’s impressive start to life at Manchester United may see the ‘Special One’ soften his stance. Massimiliano Allegri wants to bring in two central midfielders in before the summer transfer window slams — and the need for new faces have intensified following a shock loss to Lazio in the Italian Super Cup.

But, should they complete a deal for Matuidi, they would only be willing to pay around £22.5million to sign Fellaini. And United are unlikely to accept that for a player they would rather not sell.

JOSE MOURINHO SEEMS TO HAVE A NEW TATTOO

IT looks as though Jose Mourinho has been in the tattoo parlour again. The Manchester United manager’s new inking is actually covered by his watch.

So it is very difficult to actually see what Mourinho has emblazoned on his lower left arm. But United fans were still fascinated to note that their boss has added another tatt. They spotted the tattoo on Sunday afternoon during the 4-0 Premier League thrashing of West Ham at Old Trafford. According to the Daily Mail, Mourinho, 54, got his first and only other tattoo done four years ago.

He paid £80 to have ‘Tami’, the nicknames of his wife Matilde Faria, and his children etched on his wrist. There was obviously some initial doubt about the new one when fans realised Mourinho had had a tattoo done previously in a similar position.

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool deal will happen soon: He’s desperate to sign – Shay Given

The Reds have been repeatedly linked with the Dutch defender. But they cooled their interest amid tapping up accusations. Liverpool could only manage a 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday. Throughout the clash Jurgen Klopp’s men looked slapdash at the back.

And Given reckons the Reds will eventually get their man. “That’s sort of gone on over the whole summer that transfer,” Given said on Sky Sports. “It should go through, I don’t know sitting here obviously today but I think he’s desperate to go to Liverpool.

You can see by yesterday’s defending that he’d be the perfect fit to go into that defence and head some of the balls clear and marshal them. “He’s a fantastic centre-half.” Liverpool could have plenty of cash to splash if they sell Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho.

ALEXIS SANCHEZ IS A DISGRACE

The Arsenal contract rebel has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger is adamant Sanchez will not be sold, despite running the risk of losing him on a free next summer. And former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Collymore believes he is “angling” for a move away from the club. He wrote in his Sunday People column: “Some Arsenal supporters seem happy to say, ‘Alexis Sanchez is a great guy, he’s a model pro’ but I am sorry, he is not.
“He is angling to get out of Arsenal and he is not doing it in a proper way. “Like Danny Rose, he is a disgrace as well.” Sanchez, who featured for Chile at this summer’s Confederations Cup, returned late to pre-season training due to illness. An abdominal injury ruled him out of the opening-day win against Leicester. Reports in France last night suggested Sanchez was in Paris with his agent and lawyer. PSG were linked with Sanchez earlier this summer but have cooled their interest since signing Neymar for a world-record fee.
Source: Starsport

MOURINHO IS CONFIDENT AFTER LUKAKU’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST WEST HAM

Special One believes opening-day clash proved Red Devils have learned their lessons from last season.

Old Trafford fans grew frustrated with a number of stalemates in the previous campaign – an issue the boss signed Romelu Lukaku to fix.

Mourinho, 54, said: “The game was open at 2-0 and they had a chance. “I don’t think the game was 4-0 of course you score the third and you breathe and you relax, you play with a lot of confidence – 10 more minutes and we could have scored more. “I think we didn’t start especially well. I think we were nervous, not so confident but then we had a quality performance good personality and we looked confident.

“It’s nice for Morata to score, nice for Wayne Rooney to score, nice for Lukaku to score, Lacazette and some others that I don’t know. “We lost two points against West Ham here last season. We had matches where we were dominant but couldn’t score enough goals. Today we did and got three important points. “The reality of it is in the last part of the game instead of being boring and controlling the game we scored the third goal and everything is open to enjoy, yes I’m happy.”

ANTONIO CONTE WANTS CHELSEA TEAM TO START ALL OVER

Antonio Conte admits Chelsea in ‘negative situation’ as he prepares to face Tottenham with depleted squad.

And Conte said: “We have to continue to work and try to improve the negative situation. “Every game there are positives and negative situations and my task — and the task of my staff — is to improve the negative situation. “This result is a great disappointment but we have one week to try to find the right solution, to find the right option. “It will be a really tough game but we must be ready. I think we have to restart from there.”

Conte, frustrated by the failure of the club to beef up his playing squad, added: “The club is trying to do things in the transfer market. “I am a coach and now the season has started, so my focus must be on the pitch and working with my players. This is my squad and I want to fight with these players. The club is doing the work.”

Source: The Sun

DIEGO COSTA IS READY TO FIGHT CHELSEA OVER TRANSFER

In an exclusive with Daily Mail, enstaranged Chelsea Striker, Diego Costa bares all in the interview. Read below:

After helping Chelsea to the Premier League title by scoring 20 goals in manager Antonio Conte’s first season at the club, Costa finds himself at Brazil still enjoying his holiday.

It all began with a text message from Conte, informing him his Chelsea career was over. Costa has not been at Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May and nobody knows what else will happen next.

He accuses Chelsea of treating him ‘like a criminal’ and refuses to rule out legal action. He says he will always keep Conte’s text message on his phone and claims the Chelsea manager ‘lacks charisma’. Costa also accuses Conte of blocking his contract negotiations in January.

Costa says he has been fined several weeks’ wages but is defying demands to return to train with the reserves. The Spain international insists he wants a transfer to Atletico Madrid resolved this month and that, meanwhile, he is ready to see out his Chelsea contract unpaid and train alone near his home in Brazil.