Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho hands shirt number to youngster… and now new deal in pipeline


 Chong, 18, has graduated to Manchester United’s first-team squad and is in line for a pay hike from his current £1,500-a-week deal  The winger was on the bench for the midweek Champions League match against Juventus at Old Trafford  And he has been handed the No.44 shirt in Jose Mourinho’s senior squad. Chong suffered a knee injury last season that interrupted his exciting progress  But he impressed United boss Mourinho on the club’s pre-season tour of the USA after regaining his fitness  And he is now very much in Mourinho’s thoughts for the rest of this season. That, of course, is providing he stays in charge Express Sport understand United have got a two-man wishlist as they look at potential replacements for the under-fier boss  United would like former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – or Juventus coach Max Allegri – to take over the Old Trafford hot seat  But they have competition for Conte as Real Madrid and AC Milan could both be looking for a new head coach this week  Julen Lopetegui faces the axe at Real if they lose the El Clasico game to Barcelona this evening and Conte is now free after leaving Chelsea in the summer  He impressed in his first season at Stamford Bridge winning the Premier League but it all came apart after he fell out with the Chelsea board over transfers  Mourinho has won himself some breathing space after a recent turnaround in fortunes but it’s likely that United will call time on his stay at the club in the summer

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