Man Utd news: Mourinho in Zidane and Pochettino conversation, Lukaku to

Man Utd boss rings Zidane and Pochettino

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has phoned Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino this season.

That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who say the Red Devils boss has personally been in contact with both men.

Zidane and Pochettino have both been tipped to take over at Old Trafford should Mourinho fail to land a top-four finish.

However, no nature of the conversations have been revealed, meaning it would be unfair to suggest he was talking about his own future.

Lukaku to Chelsea

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Romelu Lukaku from United, according to the bookmakers.

The Belgium international has found himself on the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s squad in recent times.

And Coral have the Blues as 4-1 favourites to land the hitman.

“[Maurizio] Sarri has made no secret of his desire to sign a striker and with Lukaku appearing to be beginning to engineer a move away it could well be a perfect match,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

“We’ve slashed the odds on it happening this January. It may seem unlikely that United would sell to Chelsea at such a time in the season but we’ve seen the clubs do business before in this window, back when Juan Mata moved north from London, so you cannot rule it out.”

Fred fury

Manchester United players are furious at Mourinho’s treatment of summer signing Fred, it has been claimed.

Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte say the squad are confused as to why the Samba star has barely featured.

And that means Mourinho may have to play him sooner or later if he is to lift squad morale.

Fred was a £52million signing from Shakhtar Donetsk.

But he has spent much of his time at Old Trafford stuck behind Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellain in the pecking order.

Man Utd next 5 fixtures: When do they play next?

Fulham (December 8) – Express Sport predicts a 2-1 win.

Valencia (December 12) – Express Sport predicts 0-0 draw.

Liverpool (December 16) – Express Sport predicts 3-0 defeat.

Cardiff (December 22) – Express Sport predicts a 2-0 win.

Huddersfield (December 26) – Express Sport predicts a 1-0 win.