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Jose Mourinho considering recalling Man Utd ace from loan to ease injury crisis
Andreas Pereira joined Valencia on deadline day (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have informed Andreas Pereira that he may be recalled from his loan spell with Valencia in January, according to reports in Spain.

The midfielder joined the La Liga club against the advice of Jose Mourinho on deadline day in August.

The Brazilian was keen to play first-team football but injuries to Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick means Pereira would have likely accumulated plenty of minutes had he stayed with the Red Devils.

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That trio remain sidelined and Mourinho has been forced to field Scott McTominay with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic his only senior fit midfielders.

United have a recall option on Pereira that – should they activate – they would have to reimburse Valencia some of the fee they paid to get Pereira in the summer.

Jose Mourinho considering recalling Man Utd ace from loan to ease injury crisis
Pereira impressed during pre-season (Picture: Getty)

According to Plaza Deportiva, United have told Pereira it’s a possibility that he will be recalled in January to ease the club’s injury crisis.

United have been paying close attention to the midfielder’s performances and watched him score a fantastic goal against Real Betis last month.

MORE: Manchester United fans want to meet Jose Mourinho to discuss criticism of atmosphere

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Manchester United fans call out Jose Mourinho after criticism of atmosphere
Jose Mourinho has been invited to meet supporters (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho has been invited to meet a section of the club’s supporters to discuss his criticism of the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

The 54-year-old has soured relations with supporters in the last week after taking a number of thinly-veiled digs at the atmosphere created at the Theatre of Dreams.

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A minority of supporters booed Mourinho’s decision to withdraw Marcus Rashford for Anthony Martial against Tottenham on Saturday and the Portuguese boss did a ‘shushing’ gesture after the Frenchman sealed a 1-0 win.

Mourinho then said it was unfair that fans ‘don’t support’ Romelu Lukaku and said he hoped supporters enjoyed the match against Benfica more than they did against Tottenham.

Manchester United fans call out Jose Mourinho after criticism of atmosphere
Mourinho sarcastically hit back at boos on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

The comments have raised eyebrows among United fans and M.U.S.T (Manchester United Supporters’ Trust)

‘There are differing views amongst supporters on precisely how to interpret the manager’s comments,’ MUST said in a statement.

‘However it’s probably fair to say there is a universal desire within the stadium to see atmosphere improved just as there is at other Premier League clubs

‘There are a number of factors that have contributed to atmosphere decline over the decades, some of which could be addressed with better co-operation between clubs and supporters.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 20 points and Austin Rivers had 19 to help the Los Angeles Clippers roll to a 119-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Have yourself a night @AustinRivers25 | #PrimeTicket#ItTakesEverything@LAClipperspic.twitter.com/zKcahyze1i

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) November 2, 2017

Lou Williams added 17 as the Clippers snapped a two-game losing streak and handed the Mavericks their fourth straight loss and eighth in nine games this season.

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with 18 points despite shooting just 6 for 15 from the field. Harrison Barnes added 14 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points and eight rebounds.

We ?? you, Wes Johnson! @LAClippers | #PrimeTicketpic.twitter.com/gTatNbGymp

— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) November 2, 2017

Los Angeles, coming off a 141-113 loss to Golden State in its previous game, led by as many as 26 points and sat its starters the final nine minutes of the game. The Clippers outrebounded the Mavs 48-38 and held them to 39.3 percent shooting on the night.

The Clippers took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Mavs 34-19 to take a 66-48 lead at the half. The Clippers tightened their defense in quarter, holding Dallas to 29.2 percent shooting from the floor while hitting 61.1 percent themselves.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) What jinx?

Sports Illustrated boldly predicted an Astros’ World Series title on its cover in 2014 – after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight years – proclaiming: ”Your 2017 World Series Champs.” It featured a picture of George Springer in a bright Astros jersey.

It proved to be oh so prophetic. Not only did the Astros win, Springer was named Series MVP after boosting Houston over the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

Sports Illustrated took a victory lap on Twitter, sending out an updated gif of the cover that shows Springer’s uniform morphing from the throwback rainbow version to the orange tops they wore in Game 7. The tweet simply said, ”Called it …”

The SI cover has long been considered bad luck. Teams have flopped, athletes have been injured and some even died shortly after gracing the front page.

The magazine had a bit of a hedged bet in this Series, of course. It also ran a Dodgers cover this summer with the headline ”Best. Team. Ever?”

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NFL schedule makers are really testing fantasy football players with another six teams on a bye during Week 9. Here are several players to start and others to avoid as you continue your march toward your league’s playoffs.

START `EM

Quarterback

— Jared Goff, LA Rams vs. NY Giants

Goff has scored at least 16 fantasy points in four of seven starts and he’s ranked 12th among QBs in total fantasy points scored. He faces a Giants team who’ll be missing CB Janoris Jenkins (suspended), and has allowed the seventh most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs.

— Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo at NY Jets

Taylor has scored just under 21 fantasy points in his last two matchups against the Jets and has seven career TDs and just two interceptions vs. “Gang Green.” The Jets have yielded the most passing TDs (17) to QBs this season.

Running back

— Lamar Miller, Houston vs. Indianapolis

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) Shane Morris threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Corey Willis with 2:37 remaining, and Central Michigan rallied to beat defending Mid-American Conference champion Western Michigan 35-28 on a rainy Wednesday night to win the Cannon Trophy in the 88th meeting.

At halftime, Central Michigan (5-4, 2-3) only had two first downs and trailed 21-7 after being outgained 269-82.

Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin fumbled early in the fourth quarter and Jonathan Ward pulled Central Michigan to 28-21 on a 29-yard touchdown run. CMU blocked a punt on Western Michigan’s next possession and Ward’s 35-yard run on first down set up Eric Cooper’s touchdown grab in the end zone to tie it at 28 with 5:50 left.

Central Michigan’s squib kick bounced off a WMU player and the Chippewas recovered it before going three-and-out. CMU got the ball back with 2:47 left at its 23 and Willis scored one play later on Morris’ deep throw. Western Michigan turned it over on downs near midfield and Ward ran for a first down to run out the clock.

Morris was 12-of-30 passing for 243 yards and one touchdown for Central Michigan. Ward rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown for the Chippewas, who were without the nation’s sack leader in Joe Ostman.

Franklin became the career touchdown leader for Western Michigan (5-4, 3-2). He was untouched on a 47-yard scoring run on the first possession of the game to break a program record with his 53rd career touchdown. He entered tied with Corey Davis, the fifth overall pick this year in the NFL draft.

Franklin rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns for his fourth straight 100-yard game for Western Michigan (5-3, 3-1). He topped the century mark after just eight first-quarter carries. He added a 9-yard TD on WMU’s second drive after halftime for a 27-14 lead.

Freshman Reece Goddard made his first career start for Western Michigan after starter Jon Wassink was injured against Eastern Michigan. Goddard was 6-for-18 passing for 42 yards and carried it 14 times.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday night.

The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties – and neither team ever leading by double-digits.

The Jazz ran their offense through Mitchell in overtime and he didn’t disappoint. He accounted for the first six Utah points with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert’s two free throws that Mitchell set up with a pass to the cutting big man.

Ricky Rubio, who finished with a season-high 30 points, buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the game away.

The two Utah guards were fantastic down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive end.

Damian Lillard put the Blazers on his shoulders in the fourth quarter, but was kept in relative check in overtime. The two-time All Star finished with 33 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 points.

The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the final possession of regulation, but Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.

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Blazers: Portland entered the game ranked No. 6 in the league allowing 98.3 points per game. Coach Terry Stotts said that’s been the focus this season and their effectiveness has been more mental that schematic.