United trailed to goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt before Chris Smalling gave the visitors a lifeline.Romelu Lukaku equalised with 14 minutes remaining, setting the stage for Serbia midfielder Matic to notch his first goal for United since his move from Chelsea last year.Mourinho admitted he was furious with his players’ lethargic first half performance and he tore into them, while demanding they show more tactical discipline.“I cannot tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television,” Mourinho said.“There were a few strong words relating to their attitude and the intensity of the game.“What I can say was all about the tactical positioning. That second goal was a goal to show kids in academies around the country, to show that top players can concede silly goals.“David De Gea had to do better. He is the best, no doubt, but he had to do better.“But the intensity and character was fantastic. We got a bit of luck in the last minute but it was deserved.“The urgency in that last half hour was huge.”It was the first time United had come from 2-0 down to win a Premier League game since December 2013 at Hull.After hitting back from a goal down to beat Chelsea last weekend, Mourinho insisted this was another demonstration that United have the spirit and desire to overcome perilous predicaments.– Keep the faith –“We were losing to Chelsea last week, then we were losing away from home against a Palace team that needs points,” he said.Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic celebrates scoring the winner against Crystal Palace and his first goal for United since his move from Chelsea last year © AFP / Glyn KIRK“It’s very hard but we kept faith and belief.“I always believe we can win. I will be like that until my last day.“Some days more than others but after Smalling’s goal, I always thought it was possible.“Matic scored amazing goals like this when he was with me at Chelsea, at Goodison Park, against Benfica.”United’s stirring revival moved them back above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League.They trail runaway leaders Manchester City by 16 points, but Mourinho is more concerned with securing the top four finish that guarantees qualification for next season’s Champions League.“We want to finish second, but it is huge pressure for us to finish in the top four. Now we have a little pillow,” he said.Palace remain in the relegation zone, one point from safety, but Eagles boss Roy Hodgson urged his players not to let the heartbreaking defeat influence their fight for survival.“We took the game to Manchester United. If we had drawn the game – I don’t think anyone, Jose included – would have said it was a scandal,” he said.“We once again go away with no points and, like the game against Tottenham, I thought we deserved something.“But you always know the quality they possess and the strength and depth they have. They can cause problems.“Where we are in the table doesn’t enter my mind. It would have been nice to have two more points, but we still would have been very much in a relegation battle.“It could well go down to the wire.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (2L) admitted he was furious with his players’ lethargic first half performance against Crystal Palace © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 6 – Jose Mourinho revealed his expletive-filled half-time rant inspired Manchester United’s dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.Mourinho’s side fought back from two goals down at Selhurst Park to snatch the points thanks to Nemanja Matic’s blistering long-range strike in stoppage-time.
Manchester City manager is a greedy man when it comes to his team’s footballing abilities and that means trouble for the 19 other Premier League clubs.Sitting 13 points ahead on top of the table and on a record-breaking 17-game winning streak in the league, City are by far the most ‘perfect’ team in England now. But, the their Catalan coach seeks more and spelled out how his record-breakers can improve further.More of a realist than romantic, Guardiola knows that perfection cannot be achieved and that is why he is stressing on certain areas on which his team can improve in the second half of the season as they chase the league and European glory.City have been scoring freely this season, managing to find the back of the net 60 times from 19 games in the league. However, there have been moments when they have struggled to break at teams who have sat deep and defended against the runaway leaders. Adressing the issue, Guardiola said that the team needs to learn and improve in the such situations.”We have to learn, to improve and attack this kind of defence and I think that is going to happen,” Guardiola told reporters.”Our target is what we have to do to find a solution. It’s not a target to be perfect, that doesn’t exist.”Always teams can improve. When they defend with 10 (men) in the box, we can attack more fluently, make more chances.”That is a worrying prospect for their opponents, given that three players in Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are already in double figures for the season, with Leroy Sane and Kevin de Bruyne not far behind.advertisementWith City so far ahead of the rest in performance and points, debate is already turning to questions like how many trophies they can win, whether they could remain unbeaten in the last 19 league games and if they are the best team of the 25-year Premier League era.Martin Keown, who played 10 games in defence for the Arsenal team that went unbeaten in the 2003-04 league season and is now a pundit, told the BBC: “You’ve really got to ask yourself ‘is this the best team we’ve ever seen in the Premier League?'”They’re achieving excellence in their performance week in, week out. It’s a stroll in the park every week for these boys.”(With inputs from Reuters)
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Bangladesh Workers. UNB file photoAs a migrant worker from Bangladesh, Sharif should be happy about Qatar’s labour reforms, put in place to protect people like him. Instead, he feels the system still allows his employer to get round rules designed to stop them exploiting him.”I don’t feel comfortable complaining because my company could fire me and I will get sent back home,” said the 22-year-old, who declined to give his full name.”If I get sent back home, there will be nobody to help pay for my family,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Stung by allegations of migrant worker abuse and under increased scrutiny as it prepares to host the 2022 football World Cup, the gas-rich kingdom has put in place a series of safeguards over the past year.These include setting a temporary monthly minimum wage of 750 riyals ($200) and creating a committee to resolve disputes.Last week, it lifted a requirement that foreign workers get permission from their employers to leave the country – a change labour rights groups had long campaigned for.”We are changing the dynamics in the relationship,” said Houtan Homayounpour, who heads the newly opened Doha office of the International Labour Organization (ILO).”It (axing the exit permit) will have a huge impact on the labour market here in reducing the vulnerability of workers. They are free to leave, they are free to move around.”Critics say the removal of the exit permit – part of the “kafala” employee sponsorship system used by a number of Gulf states – does not go far enough because migrant workers will still need their employers’ consent to change jobs.However, campaigners have broadly welcomed Qatar’s labour reforms as a sign it is cracking down on worker exploitation ahead of the World Cup, which it has presented as a showcase of its progress and development.Mustafa Qadri, who heads the labour rights consultancy Equidem Research, said the test would be implementation.”(A) critical step to preventing exploitation is enforcing these reforms – ensuring workers are aware of their rights, that the state has sufficient resources to enforce them such as through labour inspections,” he said.COMPENSATIONOn the ground, not all the country’s nearly 2 million foreign workers believe the changes will be enough to protect them from exploitation.Sharif said even though he receives a direct bank payment – made mandatory by the government – his bosses often make him work overtime without paying him. The government, he said, has no way of knowing this.And because his family in Bangladesh depends on the money he sends, he is reluctant to voice his concerns about his employer.He is paid the basic minimum wage, which is less than the 900 riyals a month he was promised by the recruiter in Bangladesh who brought him to Qatar, charging him $700 to do so.It is illegal to charge recruitment fees to work in Qatar, and the country’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – responsible for planning and operations for the World Cup – has said some stadium workers who paid them will be compensated.An investigation funded by the body last year found hundreds of Asian workers had paid recruitment fees of up to $3,800 for jobs building World Cup stadiums.”Addressing and eliminating illegal fees is critical – and that means not just addressing fees in countries of origin, but also those who make money out of charging workers fees here in Qatar,” said Qadri.The government minister in charge of labour, Issa al-Nuaimi, said illegal recruitment fees were mostly generated outside the country and Qatar was working with the United States to combating trafficking.”Most of crimes taking place are cross-continental,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Al-Nuaimi also said the government was setting up a shelter for victims of human trafficking and domestic workers who faced issues with their employer.’BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY’Migrant workers outnumber the local workforce in Qatar by nearly 20 to one. Most are from the Philippines, South Asia and Africa, and about 800,000 work in the construction sector.Human Rights Watch last year urged Qatar to do more to protect builders working outdoors in temperatures that can reach dangerous levels, pointing to hundreds of unexplained deaths. Dinesh, who has worked in construction in Qatar for 11 years, said safety standards had improved, and he was now paid monthly instead of every four months.”When I first came here there were no safety protocols on site and now there is,” said the 32-year-old from India, who gave only one name.”At first, I would scale the building without having a safety belt and safety hat, and now we have those.”But others said abuses persisted in areas that were harder for authorities to monitor.”If you don’t work overtime they will move you to a place that is hotter as punishment,” said Suleiman, 22 and from Ghana, who said the construction company that hired him had taken his passport – illegal in Qatar.”This is just the beginning of the journey,” said Equidem’s Qadri. “Some important milestones have been reached. But the reforms, to be effective, will require a generation of change.” ($1 = 3.7506 riyals)