WVU All-American Karl Joseph Out for Season

first_imgJoseph is well-known nationally for his hard-hitting attitude that represented the West Virginia secondary. Here’s a look at what he did to Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook this past weekend.His defensive coordinator said it all in this tweet on Wednesday.In my 21 years of football – #8 has been the best leader and player that I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching.— Tony Gibson (@TonyGibsonWVU) October 7, 2015Oklahoma State faces West Virginia on Saturday at 6:00CT on ESPN2. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Dana Holgorson announced today that senior All-American safety Karl Joseph sustained a right knee injury that will effectively end his season, and likely his career with West Virginia.This season, Joseph lead the nation in interceptions with 5, was No. 23 in passes defended, and No. 27 in fumbles recovered.Brutal news about West Virginia S Karl Joseph, who is out for the year with a knee injury. Was playing as well as any defender in Big 12— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 7, 2015last_img read more

Zach Sinor Unfazed About Being A Ray Guy Finalist, Shares How He Got To OSU

first_imgOne of Oklahoma State’s best players is a guy you may not have heard much about — punter Zach Sinor. The sophomore punter from Castroville, Texas is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA in yards per punt at 43.0. More importantly he’s pinned the other team inside their own 20 yard line 26 times in 2016, tied for No. 3 in the nation. He’s also somehow only had one touchback.He’s also up as a finalist for the Ray Guy award, given to the nation’s best punter. The ‘Seisman’, if you will. Here’s the list of finalists for the 2016 Ray Guy Award.Austin Barnes (Jr.), Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Conte (Sr.), University of VirginiaSteven Coutts (So.), University of Louisiana at LafayetteJoseph Davidson (Jr.), Bowling Green State UniversityMichael Dickson (So.), University of TexasHayden Hunt (Sr.), Colorado State UniversityCameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State UniversityZach Sinor (So.), Oklahoma State UniversityJohnny Townsend (Jr.), University of FloridaMitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of UtahSinor didn’t seem too worried about winning the award when asked about it at the on Monday.“I don’t really look into that stuff,” said Sinor. “Yeah, the awards will come, but my job is to pin them back and help the defense out the best I can.”He actually attended several Ray Guy camps growing up which is pretty funny.“I watched his film,” said Sinor of the Ray Guy camps. He gives you a little disc to watch. A lot of drops, directional punting, he really broke it down which helped me a lot.“As a freshman [in high school] I was a QB and a defensive tackle, a little odd. But my sophomore year I was kicking the ball around one day, and they said you’re the punter. Then I was on JV as the punter, and I hit a 45- 50-yard punt, so then they said you’re on varsity.“So after that I averaged like 39 my sophomore year on varsity. So after that I went to a Ray Guy camp, and they said ‘you have a pretty big leg. You can probably kick in college.’ So I kept working at it and now I’m here.”“During spring ball, whenever that was, I saw him throwing it around one day and he throws it pretty good,” said head coach Mike Gundy of his former QB-turned-punter. “If we were smart, we’d probably have a fake punt with him throwing the ball. But, it’s kind of like with James Castleman – the season’s not over yet.”The punter is pretty much the least glamorous position on the field, but Sinor has been huge for Oklahoma State in several close games this year — in the Iowa State game, the Tech game this last weekend, Sinor flipped the field in some big spots.“I just know where we’re at in the field at all times, so if we’re inside the 45-yard line, I’ll go the net and do some pooch punts and if we’re outside of that I’ll just work on regular punts,” added Sinor.An extra 10-15 yards can be enormous for Glenn Spencer and his defense especially when Sinor never kicks it into the end zone. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Roundtable: How do we Feel About the Mike Gundy Coaching Rumors?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The PFB team discussed our feelings on the coaching rumors surrounding Mike Gundy, our thoughts on what’s going on behind the scenes, and more.Boone (me): Why do you think his name popped up in coaching rumors?Cox (contributor): Because he wanted it to.Caleb (intern):  Wait, he’s still around?Sam (hoops guru): Money talks. Gundy Badger deserves a raise, even if this is an awful time to bring it up after Bedlam :grimacing:Cox: I think the constant frustration/passive-aggressive turmoil between he and T. Boone and Holder is just going to be something that we are all going to have to live with.Southwell (uniform expert): Gundy Hundy. Athletic directors want a winnerCox: Agreed. Makes sense financially, even if it doesn’t for fans/football/whatever. I think the timing with this Bedlam fiasco is just coincidental.Caleb: Also, who doesn’t want a coach willing to rock a mullet? Besides like Harvard and Yale and all them fancy-types. And they aren’t worth Gundy’s time anyways.Thomas (X’s and O’s): I think if bedlam didn’t go the way it did , his name wouldn’t have been thrown out so much.Caleb: I think he truly is one of the better coaches in the nation, but the “bedlam curse” is hanging over him and it’s probably annoying. He doesn’t necessarily have a problem (ok maybe he does), but it’s probably just more of a hastle than anything. If you can get buckets of cash elsewhere without annoyance…..Sam: I don’t believe Baylor ever had a legitimate shot at himBoone: This happens to a lot of coaches, though. Holgerson’s name popped up for the Houston job — then got an extension and raise several days later. Is he doing what coaches do to get a raise or is it something more?Thomas: Yeah sometimes I get the sense that he’s using it as leverageSam: I have no doubt Gundy is frustrated with Holder/Boone though.. and that played a partCox: I’m sure it’s to get a raise and to make a point.Caleb: It’s tough to say if it’s a bluff for a raise or true interest. I would say the jobs connected are the best indicators, so Baylor seems like a bluff, but something like Oregon or equivalent could be an issue if it were real#Sources say Holder is considering trading Gundy to Oregon for a return of the grey unisCox: it’s a win-win for him… why not talk to them? raise here or more money there.Caleb: @kylecox that’s a good point. I mean, what is his downside to talking to others? Is OSU going to call his bluff and fire their winningest coach ever? Over rumors of him talking to other schools? Really?Cox: he’s got all the dominos and has earned them.Boone: I just feel like its a 100 percent leverage play. The downside, to Caleb’s point, is that he could be fired. It wouldn’t be smart — but I think OSU is tired of him playing the game.Sam: Holder and T Boone aren’t in control and they hate it. Caleb is rightSouthwell: Boone: He hasn’t earned a right to act this way, at least IMO. Do you see Bob Stoops pushing OU’s hand in public every year? What about Nick Saban? Their pay is different, but I don’t think he’s above it. No one is untouchable.Thomas: I just want a coach who’s going to coach wth kahunesIs that too much to askCox: Not saying I agree with it. He could talk to 15 schools and it doesn’t get out unless he wants it to… I was speaking in terms that he is pretty much untouchable at OSU. If they fired him, it would not only be a huge mistake it would make them look ridiculous.Caleb: I think the atheltic department is probably very frustrated with his actions/attitude. I would guess they’ve been hesitant to even consider firing the golden child for years, but with the rising expectations of Cowboy fans and the growing list of quality coaches, as well as the solid footing the program is on as a whole now, I would think they are no longer considering him completely off-limits. Especialy if they think fans are frustrated with the bedlam recordBoone: One final question “to get you out of here on this” (shoutout K-Port): Would you be OK if Gundy moved on this offseason, either by termination or from walking away?Thomas: I would quickly get over itEspecially if we got monkenBut no way holder hires that fireball of a coach because he couldn’t control himBoone: To me: I think I would be OK with it. Depending on who we could get in his place. I am on the #Fuente2Stilly train if it were to happen.Sam: Depends on the replacement- if we get a Fedora, Fuente? I think we’d be just fine. I don’t want no scrubs.Caleb: Totally depends on who we could get. Quality coach comes in and it’s a lot easier to look to the future, but it’s a HUGE gamble for Holder. Like, Dwarfs-Travis -Ford-Extension gamble…Cox: It all depends on who comes in… Look at Texas. The grass is not always greener and it’s a lot harder to win in Stillwater than in Austin. Who really knows if any of those guys will do any better? Charlie Strong was the hottest coach in the country four years ago.Southwell: It would be a weird time to leave. He’s got a really good shot at going to the CFB Playoff next year. To do that for your alma mater is even better. Legendary status.So I don’t think I would be ok with that. I’d feel let down. I would get behind whoever replaces him, but I’d want Gundy over all of the other coaches mentioned.Cox: agreed. this part of coaching isn’t fun but he’s not the only coach that does it. I’m sure UNC fans don’t love Fedora’s name in everyone’s mouth.last_img read more

Oklahoma State on Commitment Watch For Elite Offensive Lineman from Georgia

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Major announcement coming later on tonight!!— Caleb Chandler (@DatBoyCC) January 6, 2017 #FlippinFridayBaby ????@CowboyFB_Elite Confirmed Flip!!! #GAConnection5️⃣5️⃣ set OVisit date‼️#RareBreedOL17 #OkState #GABeast #LETSRIDE pic.twitter.com/h3OO4lVgsN— Coach Arroyo?OREGON® (@coacharroyoTheO) January 6, 2017 Some major news appears to be coming — and with Arroyo’s batcall, it could be in Oklahoma State’s favor. And for OSU looking for a big bully offensive lineman to come in and contribute quickly, Chandler fits that bill. After losing the commitments of two highly rated offensive line recruits in December, Oklahoma State is on the prowl to bolster it’s big men up front before signing day in a month.Enter Caleb Chandler, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle recruit from Jefferson, Georgia, whom Oklahoma State extended an offer to earlier this week. 247sports ranks him as a four-star prospect, and he has 32 Division I scholarship offers that includes Louisville, Florida, Oregon, TCU and a whole bunch of others which you can check out here.Despite the crowded group of schools vying for his attention, Oklahoma State appears to be gaining some real steam in his recruitment. So much so that there may be some big news coming out of Georgia in favor of OSU on Friday night. Coach Marcus Arroyo sent this tweet alluding to some potential good news, and shortly after, Chandler himself signaled a “major announcement” was coming on Friday evening:last_img read more

Clemson Graduate Transfer Cornerback Lists OSU in Final 3 Schools

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State is one of three teams in position to land Clemson graduate transfer cornerback Adrian Baker, according to a report from ESPN’s Jake Trotter.Before Baker missed all of the 2016-17 football season with an ACL tear, he was set to take on a larger role in the Clemson defense after a breakout of sorts as a redshirt sophomore. In 2015, he appeared in 13 games and made three starts for the Tigers, including two interceptions and 15 tackles in a reserve role.The 5-foot-11 cornerback will graduate this spring and be eligible for one final season. Baker has a chance to be the next big impact grad transfer for OSU, joining Lenzy Pipkins and Tyler Patmon among cornerbacks who have blazed a similar path. Baker made a visit to Stillwater on March 4 and has already made visits to his two other finalists — Houston and UCF. The Hollywood, Fla. native intends to make a final decision in May.last_img read more

Heynckes hints he may stay at Bayern

first_imgBayern München ‘I never said I will retire’ – Heynckes hints at Bayern Munich stay Jamie Smith 02:00 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bayern München Bundesliga Despite appearing to back Thomas Tuchel as his Die Roten successor, the veteran coach Jupp Heynckes suggested he could postpone retirement Jupp Heynckes has hinted he may be persuaded to sign a new Bayern Munich contract, with the coach’s deal set to expire at the end of the season.Heynckes signed a short-term contract when he was appointed as the replacement for sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti in October 2017.Bayern have been flying in Heynckes’ fourth spell in charge, with the Bundesliga champions 20 points clear at the top of the league and through to the DFB-Pokal semi-finals. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Heynckes bowed out at Bayern in June 2013 after leading the club to the treble and the coach may yet repeat the feat, his side holding a 5-0 lead against Besiktas in the last-16 of the Champions League.And although Heynckes named Tuchel as a potential successor in an interview this week, the 72-year-old suggested he is considering staying on at Bayern for next season.”I can only say nothing at all is decided yet, because, until now I have definitely never said I will retire in the summer,” Heynckes told reporters on Friday.”I have only ever referred to our agreement from last year which is still valid.”Regarding the Sport Bild interview, I only stressed my appreciation for my colleague Thomas Tuchel, who I know very well.#Heynckes on #FCBHSV: “We have analysed our opponent. HSV are obviously under incredible pressure. We’re at home and want to build on our good performance in Freiburg.” #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/Kv81yxmcRR— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 9, 2018″But if you study the context of the whole interview, I also praised many other coaching colleagues as well.”Tuchel has been taking a break from the game since being fired by Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, while Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann is another name reportedly in the frame for Bayern.last_img read more

Report: Dortmund 3 Eintracht 2

first_imgBorussia Dortmund 3 Eintracht Frankfurt 2: Substitute Batshuayi to the rescue in dramatic finale Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:02 12/3/2018 Michy Batshuayi Bongarts Peter Stoger remains unbeaten as Borussia Dortmund coach in the Bundesliga after a stunning 3-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored an injury-time winner as Borussia Dortmund edged fellow Champions League hopefuls Eintracht Frankfurt in a 3-2 thriller on Sunday.Eintracht twice came from behind to seemingly claim a point at Signal Iduna Park, but Batshuayi struck the second of a personal double in stoppage-time to break the visitors’ hearts.With Eintracht hoping for an offside flag that would not come, Batshuayi lashed home to end a four-game winless run in all competitions for Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The visitors had deserved a draw, Niko Kovac’s men – who started the day level on points with Dortmund – levelling twice thanks to goals from Luka Jovic and Danny Blum.But it was not to be as substitute Batshuayi sent Dortmund back up to third in the Bundesliga, boosting their Champions League qualification hopes.Dortmund suffered a shock home loss to RB Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday but bounced back in stunning fashion to extend Peter Stoger’s unbeaten league run to 11 league matches.AUS! AUS! AUS! WAS FÜR EIN FINALE! #BVBSGE 3-2 FT pic.twitter.com/SL6pIFKB0v— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 11, 2018Andre Schurrle somehow headed Christian Pulisic’s cross wide in the 10th minute as Dortmund dominated the opening exchanges.But they were soon in front regardless, Mahmoud Dahoud sending Pulisic clear down the right to get Dortmund round the back of Eintracht again.The teenage winger’s cross was low this time and defender Marco Russ was only able to turn the ball in for his fifth Bundesliga own goal, Marco Reus having been lurking for a back-post finish.Reus, who had scored Dortmund’s three previous Bundesliga goals and signed a long-term contract this week, was proving lively while Dahoud created an opening for himself with some clever play, only to fire at Lukas Hradecky.Kevin-Prince Boateng almost equalised with a superb piece of invention two minutes after the interval, flicking a backheel at goal after a corner from half-time substitute Jonathan de Guzman caused chaos, but Roman Burki got down sharply to save.Pulisic sent a curler wide in the 56th minute and Timothy Chandler and Boateng blazed over at the other end as both sides traded blows.Eintracht had lost on their last six visits to Dortmund but they continued to set the second-half pace, De Guzman sending an acrobatic strike sailing over the crossbar.And the visitors got the leveller their hard work deserved in the 75th minute, substitute Jovic heading home another dangerous De Guzman cross, with Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer culpable for losing his man.But Eintracht switched off, Pulisic and Batshuayi linking up to stunning effect and the on-loan striker smashing in to apparently settle the match.Dortmund had not counted on Eintracht’s resilience, though, and they levelled again in the first minute of added time, Blum tapping in at the back post from a Danny da Costa cross.The scoring was not over though, Batshuayi leaving his mark on a breathless contest by hammering in an unstoppable 94th-minute finish to claim all three points for his side.It’s not who i am underneath but what i do that defines me … #BATSMAN pic.twitter.com/HHtPqWwVho— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) March 11, 2018Key Opta stats:- Marco Russ scored the fifth own goal in his Bundesliga career – in Bundesliga history, only two players scored more: Nikolce Noveski and Manfred Kaltz (6 each).- Four of the five goals in this match were scored by substitutes – the most since Robert Lewandowski’s five goals as a substitute against Wolfsburg in September 2015.- Only Heiko Herrlich, Stephane Chapuisat and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (five each) needed fewer Bundesliga matches for Dortmund to score five goals than Michy Batshuayi (six).  read morelast_img read more

Tottenham confirm Kane sidelined until April

first_imgPremier League Tottenham confirm Kane sidelined until April Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 22:19 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane The striker picked up a foot injury in Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth and will not return until next month Harry Kane has damaged the ligaments in his right ankle and should return to training in April, Tottenham have announced.The England striker sustained the injury during the first half of Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday and was replaced by Erik Lamela.After the game, manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was “concerned” by the issue, sparking fears that Kane’s club season could be over, while his participation in England’s World Cup campaign in Russia was also thrown into doubt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp In light of those worries, Wednesday’s announcement shed something of a more positive light on the situation, with the club confirming the forward, who has 24 goals from 29 Premier League appearances in 2017-18, should return to train with the squad at some point next month.”Preliminary assessments have confirmed that @HKane has damaged lateral ligaments in his right ankle,” read a post on Spurs’ official Twitter account.”The England striker sustained the injury following a challenge in our 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday and is expected to return to first team training next month.”TEAM NEWS: Preliminary assessments have confirmed that @HKane has damaged lateral ligaments in his right ankle.The England striker sustained the injury following a challenge in our 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday and is expected to return to First Team training next month. pic.twitter.com/q4sOSJHhPT — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 14, 2018 Tottenham were trailing 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium, but recovered impressively to chalk up a fourth successive Premier League victory, which leaves them third in the table with eight matches remaining.Their next outing is a trip to face Swansea City in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, while England’s first game of Russia 2018 is against Tunisia on June 18. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Arsenal target Malcom: I’ve been average

first_imgTransfers ‘I’ve been average’ – Arsenal target Malcom admits he must improve Robin Bairner 23:43 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Malcom Bordeaux Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Bordeaux v Rennes Arsenal v Milan Bordeaux Rennes Milan Ligue 1 UEFA Europa League The Brazilian attacker is happy to leave his future in the hands of his agents for now and is instead focusing only on himself Bordeaux attacker Malcom has admitted that if he wishes to win a summer move to a big club, he will have to rediscover his top gear.Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich are among the teams who have taken an interest in the 21-year-old, who has caught the eye this season with a series of spectacular performances in Ligue 1.The player himself has admitted that his season will be his last at Stade Matmut-Atlantique.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, his performances have cooled off of late and after serving a ban for diving, he has yet to show his best level for Gus Poyet’s side.“It’s a moment that I’m not playing well, quite average,” he told RMC. “I have to rediscover my level this weekend against Rennes.”Poyet has previously indicated that his charge has been distracted by transfer rumours but the former Corinthians player says his head is currently firmly in the game.“I’m calm,” he added. “I’m only thinking about Bordeaux. Everything else gets left to my agents.”Speaking previously about the attacker, Poyet said: “He’s our special player. He likes to be a special player and it’s good for his character and his ambition to be a very good player, but it doesn’t work all the time.”While Malcom has primarily played wide on the left this season, he has been tipped for a playmaker role against Rennes at the weekend in a clash that will be important in Ligue 1’s European race.last_img read more

Mourinho: Man United players need to grow up

first_imgManchester United Mourinho tells struggling Manchester United stars to ‘grow up’ Peter Hanson 07:29 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) MourinhoCropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League José Mourinho Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Sevilla Sevilla After seeing the Red Devils crash out of the Champions League to Sevilla, the manager believes his charges need to mature to reach the top Jose Mourinho has told his embattled players to “grow up” and start living up to the pressure of representing Manchester United.The Portuguese faced heavy criticism over his negative tactics in the Red Devils’ shock Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla on Tuesday, but came out fighting during an epic 12-minute tirade at a news conference previewing United’s FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion.During the embargoed section of his press briefing, though, Mourinho had some choice words for a squad that flopped in Europe and find themselves 16 points adrift of rivals Manchester City in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Mourinho did not go so far as to call out the players he perceives to be under-performing, opting instead to praise Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku, but warned his squad they must be stronger to survive at Old Trafford.”If you want to make a real top team, with a top mentality, you need to grow up and the best way is to have this kind of feeling,” he said.”Players have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure. They have to survive, and when they survive, they become stronger.”I said we are not one of the top teams, not one of the favourites to win. I told you that with these words because I cannot tell you with different words while I am still in competition.”I cannot be in a competition, go there and say we have no chance. I couldn’t tell you.”You cannot expect me to say ‘this and that player, they have to do better’. I prefer to say that Matic and Lukaku are performing at a high level until the last match.”But I cannot tell you the ones that are not performing. I cannot tell you before a Champions League match.”The boss wraps up a passionate 12-minute message to #MUFC fans during his press conference… pic.twitter.com/JRaaBMpdcd— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 16, 2018Mourinho, though, rejected suggestions that United were favourites to progress against Sevilla, and claimed the team that is fifth in LaLiga are better equipped for success that his squad.”We went out to a side that’s more successful than Manchester United in the last seven years in Europe,” he added.”We went out to a side that has a huge tradition in knockout competitions, a side in the Spanish cup final. We’re out to a team that knocked out Atletico Madrid in two legs.”We were knocked out by a team that’s brilliant in their approach for many years, with their scouting system, the way they invest with every Euro.”Do you think they didn’t have any players who could play in my team? In Sevilla, there are many players who would play in my team.”last_img read more