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Manchester United have not offered Jose Mourinho the chance to become their new manager, according to the Portuguese's agent Jorge Mendes.

It is widely thought that Louis van Gaal will lose his position as head coach at Old Trafford after a run of six games without a win in all competitions, but as it stands, the Dutchman will take charge of the team against Stoke City on Boxing Day.

Various reports had claimed that Man United had approached Mourinho over the position following his sacking from Chelsea earlier this month, but Mendes has insisted that there has been no contact.

"There is nothing," Mendes told Globo Esporte. "We don't know what will happen in the future, but now there is no agreement. There isn't an official proposal either, that's not true."

It is understood that Van Gaal's future was not the subject of a board meeting held by Man United in London on Tuesday afternoon. However, defeat at Stoke on Saturday could spell the end of Van Gaal's time with the Reds, while Mourinho is currently still odds-on with the bookmakers to take control of the 20-time English champions. 23/12/15

Both Sky Sports and BT Sport have revealed their line up of live Premier League fixtures in February.

Seventeen of the 20 teams will have at least one match broadcasted live in the UK, with Stoke City, Swansea City and Norwich City the three to miss out.

There are several blockbuster fixtures, including the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton and Manchester United's matches against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Two of Sky's selections at the end of the month depend on who is in the Capital One Cup final out of Manchester City and Everton.

Premier League games chosen for UK TV coverage in February

Sky Sports

Bournemouth vs. Arsenal - Sunday, February 7, 1.30pm
Chelsea vs. Man Utd - Sunday, February 7, 4pm
Southampton vs. West Ham* - Monday, February 8, 8pm
Chelsea vs. Newcastle - Saturday, February 13, 5.30pm
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool - Sunday, February 14, 1.30pm
Man City vs. Tottenham - Sunday, February 14, 4pm
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace - Saturday, February 27, 5.30pm
Liverpool vs. Everton** - Sunday, February 28, 12pm
Newcastle vs. Man City*** - Sunday, February 28, 12pm
Man Utd vs. Arsenal - Sunday, February 28, 2.05pm

BT Sport

West Ham vs. Aston Villa - Tuesday, February 2, 7.45pm
Watford vs. Chelsea - Wednesday, February 3, 7.45pm
Manchester City vs. Leicester City - Saturday, February 6, 12.45pm
Sunderland vs. Manchester United - Saturday, February 13, 12.45pm
West Ham vs. Sunderland - Saturday, February 27, 12.45pm

*This fixture will move to 5.30pm Saturday 6 February if either team is involved in an FA Cup replay.

**This match is subject to Capital One Cup final participation. This match will be shown live on Sky Sports should it remain scheduled and Newcastle vs. Man City has been postponed.

***This fixture is subject to Manchester City's potential involvement in the Capital One Cup final.

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has revealed that he will be out of action "for six weeks" with the hamstring problem that he suffered against Watford.

The centre-back picked up the tear in the first half of his team's 3-0 defeat at Vicarage Road at the weekend and speculation as to the extent of the problem has been rife over the last 24 hours.

The 31-year-old has taken to social media site Instagram to clear up the speculation, but it is not good news for the Slovakian.

"After all the rumours going around, I want to say the time I will spend on [the] sideline won't be three months.

After I suffered a tear in my hamstring and tendon I will be out for six weeks,"

Skrtel posted. "I will work hard on my recovery and will do everything to come back as soon as possible and even stronger than before. Thanks for your support."

Skrtel has made more than 300 appearances for Liverpool since joining the Merseyside club from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2008. 23/12/15

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to make the trip to Arsenal on Monday, after resuming full training.

The Argentine has missed City's last four matches with a heel injury but, provided he suffers no reaction, is likely to return on Monday.

Aguero, who missed six weeks with a hamstring injury earlier this season, injured his foot in November's 3-1 win over Southampton.

City are a point behind second-placed Arsenal in the Premier League. 16/12/15

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea future is in question following discussions about his position between the London club's board of directors.

Owner Roman Abramovich led the talks after the champions were beaten 2-1 at Leicester on Monday.

It was their ninth Premier League defeat in 16 games and left them a point above the relegation places.

It is not clear whether Mourinho will be in charge for Saturday's home game against fellow strugglers Sunderland.

Abramovich and the rest of Chelsea's hierarchy are weighing up how long they can afford to wait for improvement.

The Blues are 20 points behind leaders Leicester and 14 off the Champions League places, with a crucial last-16 tie against Paris St-Germain to come in that tournament. 16/12/15

Suspended Fifa vice-president Michel Platini will boycott an ethics committee hearing into allegations of corruption on Friday.

Lawyers for the Frenchman, who is also president of Uefa, believe the "verdict is already announced".

He is accused of receiving a ¬£1.35m "disloyal payment" from Fifa president Sepp Blatter - who is also banned and facing ethics charges over the claim.

Both deny wrongdoing and were due to have personal hearings on Friday. 16/12/15

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has backed Ryan Giggs as a future manager of Manchester United, amid reports that he could replace Louis van Gaal.

United, who have lost their last three games, are away to Hughes' Stoke on Boxing Day.

Former Wales boss Hughes spent 13 years as a player at Old Trafford and played alongside Giggs for club and country.

"Given his playing career, you would say he's got an outstanding chance," Hughes said.

Giggs, 42, made a club record 963 appearances for United and played 64 times for Wales. He was United's caretaker manager for four games in 2014 and has been Van Gaal's assistant since then.

"His ability as a manager is not clear yet - we don't know because he's not had the opportunity yet," Hughes added.

"He's getting an education now. He had it obviously being around Sir Alex Ferguson for so many years, and now he's assistant manager."

Former United defender Phil Neville says the club are facing a "reality check" under Van Gaal this season, but believes the club should stick with the Dutchman.

Hughes, who had two spells as a player at Old Trafford, highlighted the experience of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, but said even that may not be enough to save him if United's struggles continue. 23/12/15

Leicester city have received a welcome boost with the news that Riyad Mahrez has ruled out a departure away from the King Power Stadium in January.

The 24-year-old has been in sublime form for the top-of-the-table Foxes this season, bagging 11 goals whilst also providing seven assists.

His contribution has most certainly not gone unnoticed by some of Europe's biggest clubs, leading to suggestions that the Algeria international could be tempted to make a move away from Leicester in the January transfer window.

While he did not rule out a departure at the end of the current campaign, Mahrez made it abundantly clear that he would not seek a move away at the turn of the year.

"The best for me would be to stay," Mahrez told French radio station RMC. "I am not going to leave in January, it won't be good for my team if I leave.

"If they lose a player like me, Vardy or Kanté, it can penalize the team. I prefer to continue until the end of the season."

When asked about Leicester's title prospects, Mahrez was quick to point out that Leicester do not have the required squad depth to mount a sustained challenge.

"We are on top, but it doesn't mean anything," he said. "The big guys will wake up at some point.

"We won't be champions! We don't have broad enough shoulders. The other squads have more depth. They will take over at some point." 17/12/15

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