Man Utd legend lashes into Van Gaal on Sunday World back page

Sunday World back page

Sunday World back page

Manchester United legend Kevin Moran has launched a stinging attack on Louis van Gaal and his players inside today’s Sunday World newspaper.

Two-time United FA Cup winning hero Moran described United's performance as they lost against Danish champions FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday as "spineless" and suggested the class of 2016 are disgracing the famous red shirt.

Roy Curtis offers up a savage assessment of Van Gaal's reign at United and we have a full preview of their make-of-break FA Cup firth round clash against Shrewsbury to complete our coverage of the ongoing crisis at Old Trafford.

John Aldridge gives his verdict on the title race as he joins the chorus hoping Leicester complete their fairy tale and finish the season as champions.

We also speak to Republic of Ireland keeper Darren Randolph and offer the best FA Cup coverage ahead of a big Sunday in the oldest cup competition of them all.

Pat Spillane is back with his must-read take on the latest GAA action and Lions rugby legend Mick Galwey assesses the fall out from Ireland's desperate start to the Six Nations championship.

With our packed sports pull-out also featuring a preview of next week's mouth watering Scott Quigg v Carl Frampton world title showdown, you will not want to miss this week's Sunday World.

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Beat the bookies with Aldo FA Cup Special – Chelsea revival

Aldo back for another bet

Aldo back for another bet

Liverpool and Republic of Ireland goal scoring great John Aldridge has turned his attention to the big FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Man City for this week’s bet.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he is struggling to piece together a team for the trip to Stamford Bridge for what appears to be an enticing FA Cup fifth round tie, so the odds appear to be stacked in Chelsea's favour.

With a Champions League trip to Dynamo Kiev on their horizon next Wednesday and the Capital One Cup final against Liverpool to prepare for next Sunday, City are clearly clearly downgrading the significance of this latest meeting with the Blues.

"Given what the City manager has said about his injury problems for this game, you can only think that Chelsea will win the tie," Aldo tells us.

"This game means a lot to Chelsea as the FA Cup is probably their best chance to win a trophy this season, but I still fancy City to nick a goal against them."

Here is Aldo's latest bet in association with Paddy Power and all winnings will be donated to Dublin's Temple Street Children's hospital:

€50 on Chelsea to beat Man City and both teams to score at 13/5 (potential returns €180.00)

Video – Chris Brunt confronts supporters after being hit by coin

Angry Brunt screams at the West Brom fans

Angry Brunt screams at the West Brom fans

West Brom’s Chris Brunt was involved in a heated exchange with his own fans after appearing to be hit by an object following their 3-1 defeat at Reading.

The left-back had gone over to applaud the visiting fans following their FA Cup fifth round exit but went down clutching his face as he approached the away end.

Northern Ireland international Brunt then confronted a group of Albion fans before being led away by captain Darren Fletcher.

Brunt said a coin had been thrown at him by the fans.

In comments reported by BBC Sport, the 31-year-old said: "I was walking towards our supporters at the end, and they thought it was okay to throw a coin at their own players. I'm disgusted.

"If they want to come forward and say they don't like what they've seen then that's fine. Fans are frustrated we were 1-0 up and lost.

"They paid a lot of money to come, but a small minority spoilt it. There were young kids there. I was absolutely disgusted and ashamed."

.@WBAFCofficial's Chris Brunt rages at his own fans after being hit by a coin following FA Cup defeat to @ReadingFC.

— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2016

Has Mourinho already agreed to become Man Utd boss?

Mourinho confirms he will not return to Inter Milan

Mourinho confirms he will not return to Inter Milan

Jose Mourinho will succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, according to the sister of former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti.

Since the turn of the year, there has been continued speculation about the former Chelsea manager returning to management at Old Trafford.

Thursday's embarrassing Europa League loss to FC Midtjylland has further weakened Van Gaal's position and Bedy Moratti, sister of former Inter president Massimo, appears to have inadvertently revealed Mourinho will soon succeed him.

The honorary president of supporters' group Inter Club was door-stepped by at a lunch attended by the former Nerazzurri boss and asked whether the club missed him.

"He's missed as a person, but right now he's happy, he's going to Manchester," Moratti said of the Portuguese.

Mourinho is already as short as 1/5 with bookmakers to become United's next manager, while Van Gaal is overwhelming favourite to become the next Premier League manager out of a job.

The Dutchman's side were embarrassed 2-1 in Denmark on Thursday and travel to Shrewsbury on Monday looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Mourinho, by contrast, is spending his weekend in Milan, where he is watching former club Inter host Sampdoria on Saturday.

The Portuguese famously led the Nerazzurri to the treble in 2010 and there were recent reports that the former Chelsea boss could return in place of Roberto Mancini.

It was talk Mourinho dismissed upon arriving at Linate airport, although he appears open to one day taking the San Siro reins again.

"I have not been back in Milan, apart from a Champions League tie (with Real Madrid in 2010) and I had not seen the Moratti family so it is a fantastic feeling," Mourinho told Gazzetta World.

"I always say that you arrive at Inter as a professional and you come out as Inter, this is the power of Moratti.

"I am an Interista, but I repeat, I do not want any kind of speculation. I will not be the Inter coach next year and they have not asked me to be.

"Maybe I will be in the future, why not? I have already gone back to Chelsea where I coached before."

Mourinho: ‘There are clubs that are looking for me’

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he is not busily looking for a new club – but rather that several clubs are pursuing him.

The Portuguese left Stamford Bridge two months ago and has been heavily linked with a move to Barclays Premier League club Manchester United, who are currently managed by the under-fire Louis van Gaal.

Reports in Italy have suggested Mourinho could even return to Inter Milan, with whom he won the treble in 2010, as current head coach Roberto Mancini is struggling to secure a top-three finish in Serie A.

But Mourinho, 53, says he has no plans to return to the San Siro dugout, nor does he know exactly where he will take his next assignment.

Ahead of a personal trip to Milan to watch the Nerazzurri play Sampdoria on Saturday, he told La Stampa: "There is one thing I want to clarify – I will not be directing things over there next season. Inter already have a project that belongs to Roberto Mancini and (president) Erick Thohir.

"Their ideas have my full support and I hope their plans are successful. I want to see Inter fans smiling again and so I hope to witness a victory tomorrow.

"My next club? I really do not know, but one thing is certain – I love football and I will return with the same passion and ambition I've always had.

"Right now I have respect for every coach at every club.

"I'm not looking for a club, but there are clubs that are looking for me."

It is understood Chelsea, who sacked Mourinho for the second time in eight years in December, have sent the Portuguese replica versions of the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup trophies he won last season, as well as a letter thanking him for his achievements.

Mourinho is not alone in receiving Chelsea's gratitude for last season's achievements.

It is understood the club have paid the same compliment by awarding replica trophies to all the players and coaches involved in the Premier League and cup successes.

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