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Jose Mourinho agrees terms with Manchester United

first_imgEnglish football’s biggest club seem to have secured the services of the sport’s most colourful manager after Jose Mourinho, according to Sky TV reports, agreed personal terms with Manchester United on Tuesday.MOURINHO TO REPLACE VAN GAALAfter a trophy-laden career with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho is set to replace Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who was sacked on Monday, with a remit to bring back the glory days the club once took for granted under Alex Ferguson. (Manchester United sack Louis van Gaal)The 53-year-old, sacked by Chelsea in December seven months after winning his third Premier League title at the London club over two spells, had been constantly linked with the United job as Van Gaal struggled to make an impression at Old Trafford.The Dutchman was dismissed two days after steering United to their first FA Cup success in 12 years when they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra-time in Saturday’s Wembley final. (Manchester United did not treat Louis van Gaal fairly: Daley Blind)Van Gaal’s preferred possession-dominated playing style at a club more readily associated with fast, direct attacking, was widely criticised, and it appeared to take his players time to adapt.Mourinho is also known for pragmatism, however, relying on a strong defensive foundation and hard-working midfielders and strikers.MOURINHO A SUCCESSHe has a history of success wherever he has managed and a proven track record in the English game.Mourinho won the UEFA Cup and Champions League as well as the domestic double twice in his two seasons at Porto and led Chelsea to their first top-flight title in 50 years in his first campaign, retaining it the following season.advertisementHe also won the League Cup and FA Cup before moving to Inter where he won Serie A as well as the Champions League and Italian Cup.Mourinho helped Real to their first La Liga crown in four years and on returning to Chelsea, he again won the Premier League before an unexpectedly poor — and troubled — start to the 2015-16 season led to his sacking. (Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to join forces with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United)DIVIDED OPINIONHis imminent appointment at Old Trafford, touted in the media for months, will divide opinion but while some have voiced concern over playing style and potentially explosive personality clashes, he is widely considered to be as close to a guarantee of silverware as a manager can be.The challenge will be not only to deliver success but to do it in style.Van Gaal’s FA Cup triumph was not enough to allow him to see out the final year of his contract on the back of a season in which the club’s fans routinely voiced their frustration with the safety-first football being served up.Mourinho is not known for throwing caution to the wind but fans will hope that under his leadership United will at least not again be ranked top in the Premier League for the number of backwards passes made as they were under Van Gaal.There will also be pressure for the new man to continue the good work of his predecessor in bringing young players such as Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to the fore, something else Mourinho has singularly failed to do at most of his previous clubs.UNITED’S HOPES REST ON ‘SPECIAL ONE’However, after three seasons without a league title and with no Champions League football for a second time in three years, the United hierarchy are evidently prepared to accept potential downsides if the ‘Special One’ gets the club back to what they consider to be their rightful place at the sport’s top table.Former Old Trafford goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes the Portuguese “could save” the club while Hull City manager Steve Bruce, who used to play in front of the Dane in central defence, said the chance to bring in Mourinho was “too good to miss”.Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who will coach Bayern Munich next season, said Mourinho would be a “fantastic signing”, adding United had “lost its identity this last year”.Former Old Trafford great Eric Cantona, however, said his old team should have gone for incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola instead, saying he “loved” Mourinho but that his style of play is “not Manchester United”.Retired Dutch international Ronald de Boer believes Mourinho is “similar” to Van Gaal in being a “workaholic” who “prepares perfectly on how to win”.De Boer, who worked with Van Gaal at Ajax Amsterdam and with both men at Barcelona, said of Mourinho: “Sometimes it is not pretty but he knows how to grind out wins. That is what you get”. advertisementlast_img read more

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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR launched, price starts at Rs 76,900

first_imgApple announced its newest iPhones at an event at its Cupertino, California HQ. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are what Apple is calling its 2018 lineup and this ends all the speculations regarding the naming prior to launch. Unsurprisingly, all three iPhones are based on the design of the iPhone X. Apple last year said that the iPhone X marks a new direction for the company and will set the path for future iPhones, and that’s what we are getting this year. The new iPhones bring edge-to-edge displays and glass on the front and back along with a new gold colour finish. Other highlights include a massive 6.5-inch display on the Max model, a new A12 Bionic chip and up to 512GB of internal storage, among other things.The iPhone X saw a 98 per cent customer satisfaction and the Apple announced that’s it’s ready to take things to the next level. The iPhone XS and XS Max both bring Super Retina OLED displays. The former has a 5.8-inch screen size with a 2436×1125 pixel resolution and 458 ppi while the Max model gets a 6.5-inch size with a 2688×1242 resolution. The displays get a 60 per cent bump in dynamic range compared to the display on the iPhone X. Both the iPhones get a stainless steel frame which is sandwiched between glass on the front and back, so wireless charging is supported. The new iPhones now get a gold colour all around, something that was previously expected with the iPhone X. The iPhones will also come in silver and space gray colours as well. They are IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.advertisementNotably, 3D Touch lives on inside the new iPhones. The iPhone XS and XS Max offer a wider stereo sound. Of course, the notch is still there and continues to stay wide so as to house a number of sensors inside for cameras and Face ID. Apple says Face ID is faster now with faster algorithms and Secure Enclave. As for the battery, Apple doesn’t go into the specifics, but claims that the iPhone XS will offer 30 minutes more battery than last year’s iPhone X, while the iPhone XS Max gets the biggest battery yet, offering an hour and a half more battery. Powering the iPhone XS and XS Max is a A12 Bionic chip that’s based on a 7nm processor, which is an industry first. The chipset brings a 6-core CPU with 2 performance cores that deliver up to 15 per cent faster performance compared to A11 Bionic and up to 40 per cent more battery efficient. The GPU is also 50 per cent faster than its predecessor. Apple also said that the A12 chip can do 5 trillion Neural Engine operations per second compared to 600 billion operations of the A11. Apps will also launch 30 per cent faster than before and photo search will also be faster. Basically everything will now be faster than ever.As for the cameras, both the iPhone XS and XS Max sport dual cameras on the back that includes a 12MP sensors (one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens) with dual OIS. Apple has thrown in features like Smart HDR, Portrait Mode with Depth Control that lets you adjust the blur after taking a photo, and extended dynamic range in video. The front TrueDepth camera also gets video stabilisation and support for 1080p video recording at 60 fps. The iPhone XR was Apple’s “one more thing” at the event. It’s the cheapest iPhone among the lot thanks to a 6.1-inch LCD display (1792×828) instead of OLED. Apple is calling this a Liquid Retina display. Notably, the iPhone XR doesn’t have a chin like most other notched LCD Android phones. This is because the bezels are more evenly thick all around so the chin doesn’t stand out. The iPhone XR gets a number of attractive colour options that includes white, black, blue, coral and yellow, glass front and back with an aluminium frame, and most of the same hardware as the iPhone XS and XS Max.The iPhone XR is also powered by an A12 Bionic chip and comes with Face ID. Notably, the XR gets a Haptic Touch feature. There’s a single 12MP wide-angle camera on the back with OIS and f/1.8 aperture. The single camera is able to capture portrait shots, much like the Pixel. The front sees a TrueDepth camera similar to the other two iPhones. It also comes with an IP67 rating.As expected, the new iPhones will ship with iOS 12. To recall, iOS 12 brings a bunch of new features and improvements to performance and reliability, something we can confirm having tested the public beta version a while back. iOS 12 brings features like Grouped Notifications, Measure App with a new ARKit 2.0, Screen Time, Memoji and Siri Shortcuts among other things.advertisement Coming to the pricing, the iPhone XR is the cheapest of the three starting at $749. It will be offered in three storage variants – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. Pre-orders for this one will start on October 19 and shipments will commence on October 26. The iPhone XS will start at $999 and will also have three storage variants – 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. Lastly, the iPhone XS Max will start at $1099 and will have similar storage options as the XS. Pre-orders for these two will start on Friday and the devices will start shipping September 21.iPhone XS, XS Max, XR India price and availabilityApple has announced that the iPhone XS and XS Max will be available in India starting September 28 while the iPhone XR will be available in the country starting October 26. As per the company’s press release, the 64GB iPhone XS will cost Rs 99,900 while the 64GB iPhone XS Max will carry a Rs 1,09,900 price tag. The 64GB iPhone XR will come in cheaper at Rs 76,900.ALSO READ: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max announced, Apple Watch also launched: Live updates from Apple 2018 eventlast_img read more

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