Manchester United cannot consider their current season to be a successful one even if they win the FA Cup, midfielder Nemanja Matic has said.United’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday kept alive their only realistic chance of winning a trophy this season after their exit from the Champions League last week.Rivals Manchester City are firm favourites to win the Premier League title this campaign as second-placed United lie 16 points behind their neighbours with eight matches left to be played.“You have four competitions in the season – if you win one for me it is not enough, but you always have to do your best,” Matic told British media.“In the Premier League, when you are in the first four this is not perfect but is good to play for the Champions League next season.“If you win the FA Cup I cannot say it is a successful season, but it’s a good season.”Manager Jose Mourinho’s team were also knocked out of the League Cup quarter-finals after a shock defeat by Championship (second tier) side Bristol City.After the win over Brighton, Mourinho hailed Matic as “an island of personality, desire and control” while criticising others for a lacklustre showing.“He (Mourinho) is special because he wants to win always. You can see when we lose a game he cannot accept that. Probably that’s why he won more than 20 trophies in his life,” Serbian Matic added.“It is very difficult to work with him because he always wants more and more. Even if you win the league he wants to win again next season. He is like this and the players need to be ready for that.”After the conclusion of the international break, United host Swansea City in the league on March 31 before taking on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals next month.
The country might be shivering in sub-zero temperatures today but there’s a little bit of heat on Ibrox as QPR boss Ian Holloway sent a fiery blast in Graeme Murty’s direction.Murty said on-loan QPR midfielder Sean Goss had impressed in his early games and was now on a list of possible signing targets, prompting Holloway to issue the most direct of “hands -off”warnings.The Rangers boss may have said these situations can be “fluid” but Holloway’s dismissal of a “silly statement” suggests Goss’ time in Scotland will be short-lived.Murty may already have started planning ahead of facing a Celtic team without Mikael Lustig next week but those plans should remain on ice for now. The Swedish defender was supposed to sit out a suspension against Dundee on Wednesday but with that match cancelled because of the Arctic conditions, the ban will currently be in effect for the Rangers game. That may change, with reports that Celtic are working to reschedule match for next midweek, freeing Lustig up for the Glasgow derby.The freezing weather has many people looking at summer trips abroad to somewhere warm. That’s still a touchy subject where Scotland international players are concerned and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has spoken to Alex McLeish about his players being spared an end-of-season jaunt to face Mexico and Peru. But Derek McInnes has said that Aberdeen players will be happy to make the trip. And Motherwell’s Charles Dunne has made himself a local hero by braving the snow to drive around the town helping people struggling in the big chill.