Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Luke Shaw's recent resurgence at Manchester United and insisted he would receive a new contract as a result. "We look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence", said Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman of Manchester United.
"For me, box-to-box means box-to-box and means you have to be good in this box [defending] and you have to be good in this box [attacking]". Before I joined, Rafa phoned me, we had a good chat and there was a good feeling between us.
Slimani is confident his new side can turn the tide by extending Mourinho's six-game winless run in the league on Tyneside.
"Could he come in my direction in the way I think football and the way I like my players to be?" he said. I like to go there, but I couldn't win, I lost and drew a few times. The way I like my players to be not just on the pitch but during the training week?
And his national team coach is confident the move would benefit both the player and the struggling Magpies who are two places above the relegation zone.
"But then so many opinions, and we are in a world of opinions, and people can get a little bit confused but between me and Paul there is no confusion". I have seen a lot of teams playing with the [defensive] line on the penalty spot and the midfielders on the edge of the box, and they were doing a fantastic job.
The Spaniard's tactics against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City, when they visited St James' Park in December, were roundly criticised by television pundits as excessively negative, although they eventually lost 1-0 and almost snatched a draw.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss the match despite returning to first-team training after a knee injury during the week, while Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Marouane Fellaini remain sidelined. I've worked hard all week and the aim is to give 100 per cent in every single match.