Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho offered no guarantees on Tuesday night that Wayne Rooney would be at the club beyond next week, declaring: "You'll have to ask him. Mourinho, who also offered a bleak assessment of full back Luke Shaw’s prospects, offered no warmth for Rooney - refusing to answer when asked if the captain was desperate to play in Sunday's EFL Cup final with his club Wembley opportunities running out. Mourinho’s indifference to the 31-year-old’s availability will make bleaker reading for Rooney - who was considered integral to the United side just a year ago - than his comments on China, which the player is far more likely to be tempted by next season than next week.
Lionel Messi's 90th-minute winner against promoted Leganes did little to ease tensions at Barcelona, which finds itself in the unusual position of having to make peace with its fans. There were jeers throughout the lackluster win over Leganes at Camp Nou on Sunday, prompting some players and coach Luis Enrique to leave the field discontent, and demanding more support from the crowd. It's a relatively new situation for Barcelona, which has been dominant in world soccer for the last decade.
There was an abundance of young attacking riches on show at the Etihad and it made for a quite dazzling spectacle but it was two older stagers, Radamel Falcao and Sergio Aguero, accustomed to hearing that their best days are behind them, who left an indelible stamp on this absorbing football match. Anyone who witnessed Falcao’s legs struggling to carry him to the places they wanted to go at Manchester United and Chelsea will have watched with a degree of wonderment at the way the Colombian, 31, tore a hole in City’s defence by showcasing the sort of predatory instincts that, for a good while, made him one of Europe’s most feared strikers. Not to be upstaged, though, was Aguero, whose future may be in doubt following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus but who remains an excellent bet for a goal when required.