Fergie: Mourinho's rant a message to Roman

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Jose Mourinho's public rant should be read as a veiled message to club owner Roman Abramovich.

The Blues boss went on a lengthy tirade following their 3-1 loss to Southampton, which left the reigning champions 16th in the Premier League, and the former Manchester United manager is reading between the lines.

"I was studying Jose on that situation when he had his press conference," Ferguson told the Morning Joe show.

"I was wondering whether he wanted the confidence of Roman Abramovich by saying that: ‘look, do you really believe in me? This is your opportunity to believe me'. I think he was putting a challenge out to Roman.

"Because I think at times there is a loneliness about managing a club like Chelsea. I had periods like that at United and you feel you've got to get the support from the people on top of you, the head of the organisation, and I think that's what Jose was doing."

After only picking up eight points from as many matches Mourinho is now more concerned with achieving a top-four finishing than replicating last season's achievements, but Ferguson is confident that the Portuguese tactician can guide the Blues out of their current malaise.

"I will say this, and I know him well, he will find a solution, because that's what good managers do, they find the solution," Ferguson added.

"He'll find the solution because he's a top manager. He's a clever guy, and one thing I always noticed about his teams - they all try for him, you don't have any shirkers in his teams. And that epitomises his way of managing."

Morata: I will be back to face Inter

Juventus forward Alvaro Morata has allayed fears that his injury is serious, and could return against Inter Milan next weekend.

The Spain international left the field on a stretcher during La Roja's 4-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday, and it was initially thought that he could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"Neither one month nor four... I'm working hard to be ready for Sunday," the 22-year-old said on Twitter, referring to the Serie A clash at San Siro.

The Bianconeri provided further details of the former Real Madrid striker's injury, as they look to rediscover form following a poor start to their domestic campaign that has left them 12th in the Serie A standings.

"Alvaro Morata has today returned from international duty and the Juventus medical staff has confirmed the diagnosis of their Spanish counterparts: a bruised right leg with no evidence of fractures," the club said.

"The striker's condition will continue to be monitored over the coming days in order to assess the best course of action for his return to training."

Herrera eyes first Spain cap

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is looking to break his way into the Spain national team, and views it as the next step in his career.

The 26-year-old has represented his country at youth levels but has never won a senior cap for La Roja, and would have to displace players such as Andres Iniesta, Isco, Juan Mata, David Silva or Sergi Busquets for a midfield berth.

"Of course, I wish to make it into the national team," he told MUTV.  "It's the next step for me. When you arrive at Manchester United, you are in the biggest club with the best supporters and maybe the most followed club in the world.

"Last season, I think I had a good season. The fans were happy with me and the manager as well. Of course, I can play well or I can play badly, but I always give my best and I think I am doing well enough to get into the national squad. It's my next step.

"I know we have, in Spain, maybe the best midfielders in the world right now but I think I have the quality to be in the national team. I will fight for it.

"Of course, it's the next dream, the next step for me. I know it's difficult but I will try to do my best to be involved in the European Championship."

The former Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao star will have to watch from England as the reigning European champions, who have already qualified for Euro 2016 in France, wrap up their qualification campaign against Ukraine in Kiev on Monday.

Cardoso returns to light training

Kaizer Chiefs have received a boost with the news that defender Daniel Cardoso has returned light training after an injury lay-off.

The Bafana Bafana international has been sidelined with a shin injury and has yet to feature for AmaKhosi in what has been a frustrating start to his career at the club.

The club confirmed on their website that the 27-year old is expected to begin full training within three weeks after a returning to light training this week.

Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela told Soccer Laduma; "With Cardoso, he's in the final stages of his rehab and then he'll come back for fitness."

Komphela, who managed Cardoso during their time together at Ea Lla Koto, will be hoping to give the South African international his debut imminently as the reigning champions look to defend their PSL title.

Ferguson worried by Klopp appointment

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he is 'worried' about the potential impact of Jürgen Klopp's appointment at Liverpool.

Klopp was unveiled as the Merseyside club's new boss on Friday morning, with the Former Dortmund manager signing a three-year contract to succeed Brendan Rodgers at the Reds helm.

Ferguson thinks the former Dortmund boss will excel is his new job, telling ESPN FC: "Well it's a good appointment. I admire him. I know Jürgen pretty well through our meetings at [FIFA] coaches' classes in Geneva.

"Strong personality, very strong, very stubborn, determined and his performances, and his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top and I think he'll do very well.

"I don't like saying that, being Liverpool, because I'm worried about it but, no, he'll do well."

Ferguson, however, rejects the notion the German will be 100 per cent happy about working with the much-maligned 'transfer committee' at Anfield, claiming the appointment of a manager should be done with an element of 'trust'.

"If you don't trust your manager, why have him there? You've got to trust your coach," the 73-year-old added.

"Here's the man that should be deciding which kind of player he wants, the type of player, position he wants, his character he wants. It's the manager who knows more than anyone about what he needs as a coach.

"And I think that, a lot of this happening in the game now, these Moneyball ideas about looking at statistics of players and bypassing the manager's thoughts, and I think its wrong.

"Why give him a job if he cant do it? When they 're sitting around that table to appoint a manager, do they say, well: 'He can be part of the committee?' That's wrong, and I don't think Jürgen Klopp will accept that."

Klopp, who won two Bundesliga titles in seven years at Dortmund, will be hoping to re-ignite Liverpool's fortunes after a stuttering start to the campaign under former boss, Brendan Rodgers.

Herrmann surprised by extent of injury

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Patrick Herrmann admits he is surprised by the extent of his knee injury after being ruled out for at least a month.

The club confirmed on Friday the 24-year-old had sustained a tear in the cruciate ligament in his left knee, but claimed that no surgery would be required.

The Germany international is set to miss at least a month while he rehabilitates the injury, but admitted that the seriousness of the problem came as a surprise.

"That was obviously a bit of a shock," Herrmann told German publication Bild.

"I did have discomfort but I'm not the type of guy who runs to the doctor over every little thing. We used the international break to do a check-up and this came to light."

Club doctor Stefan Hertl confirmed Herrmann would undergo treatment over the next month before the situation would be reassessed.

"After speaking to some specialists, we have decided against an operation," he added.

"Patrick will undergo conservative treatment and try to make steady progress after the coming four weeks. After that the club and player will decide what happens next."

Walcott: We have to be proud

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott believes Roy Hodgson's England team can be proud of their achievements in the 2016 Euro qualifying campaign.

The Three Lions maintained their 100 per cent record in the qualifiers after recording a 2-0 victory over Estonia on Friday night, making nine wins from nine.

They will have the chance to continue their impressive run in the European qualifiers when they take on Lithuania in Vilnius on Monday evening.

Walcott says the England players can be proud of themselves, and also had words of praise for Hodgson's backroom team.

"We have to be proud of ourselves," Walcott said. "Having nine wins after the disappointment from the World Cup and bouncing back the way the players have done - the backroom staff have changed things and things are working for us.

"This team is definitely hungry and eager to do well."

He added: "We want to make it 10 on Monday night. It is a nice little thing to have - we want to win every game but we will be more tested in these friendlies coming up (against France and Spain next month) and everyone wants to win competitions and make this country proud.

"There are some young, eager faces in that dressing room who are keen to do well but we are only going to be judged when it comes to tournament football."

Poland v Republic of Ireland

Automatic qualification for Euro 2016 is at stake when the Republic of Ireland take on Poland at Stadion Narodowy on Sunday.

Both teams sit on 18 points in group D, but the Poles occupy the coveted second-place behind Germany thanks to their superior goal difference. That means that Poland would be better suited by a 0-0 or 1-1 draw in Warsaw, as it would maintain their narrow advantage and guarantee them a place in France next year.

Ireland will be looking for a win, or even a draw of 2-2 or higher, to leapfrog Poland into second place and avoid the play-offs. As it seems safe to assume that Germany will beat Georgia, the Irish need to do better than the 1-1 draw when they met in Dublin earlier this year. Their recent 1-0 win over the Germans on Thursday was a massive boost to confidence, now they can take it one step further and steal Pole position.

In team news, veteran goalkeeper Shay Given is ruled out for Ireland, so Darren Randolph will start in goal and Rob Elliot has been drafted in as back-up. Midfielders James McClean and Glenn Whelan are available again after suspension, while defenders Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson are expected to return from injury.

Poland will be hoping that Arkadiusz Milik passes a late fitness test to feature, as the Ajax striker has already contributed six goals and six assists in qualifying. But their undoubted star is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 14 goals in his last five matches for club and country, making him the deadliest forward in Europe at the moment.

Schneiderlin: Things have changed

Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin accepts his first-team involvement at Old Trafford will be reduced compared to his time at Southampton.

The 25-year-old was a guaranteed starter under Saints boss Ronald Koeman last season and his performances did not go unnoticed as he went on to join the Red Devils in a £24 million switch in the off-season.

Schneiderlin has featured regularly for the Manchester outfit this term, but was an unused substitute in the shock 3-0 defeat to Arsenal ahead of the international break.

And, with United boasting a whole host of options in midfield, Schneiderlin understands he is by no means guaranteed to start every game this term.

"I have played a lot of matches. The coach made a lot of changes in attack and even in midfield and you have to get used to it," Schneiderlin told reporters.

"I used to play all the games with Southampton but things have changed. I happened to be on the bench, you have to take it philosophically."

The France international has made nine appearances in all competitions for United this season, bagging one goal in the process.

Gibraltar v Scotland

Scotland will have little left to play for when they take on Gibraltar in their final Euro 2016 qualifier in Portugal on Sunday.

The Scots' hopes of making it to the finals in France next year were ended with a 2-2 draw against Poland on Thursday.

Gordon Strachan's men held a lead going into stoppage time, but Robert Lewandowski netted his second of the game right at the death.

As a result of their elimination, Strachan is likely to ring the changes against minnows Gibraltar, who have failed to win a single game in their last 10 attempts and currently sit bottom of group D.

Celtic duo Leigh Griffiths and Charlie Mulgrew are unlikely to feature, while James McArthur, James Morrison and Jordan Rhodes also miss out.

Graham Dorrans could feature more heavily after coming on as a late substitute against Poland, while Ikechi Anya withdrew from the squad through injury.

Scotland are certain to be determined to finish their campaign with a win over Gibraltar, having not won in their last four outings.