Today's newspaper gossip: Man United could appoint Mourinho this week, Barca pull out of Pogba chase

Published on: 15 February 2016

Manchester United could appoint Jose Mourinho as their new manager before their next league game at home to Arsenal on 28 February.(Sun)

Current manager Louis van Gaal has taken a short-term lease on a house over fears he might be sacked. (Sun)

Manchester City's chances of signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, have been boosted after financial restrictions forced Barcelona to pull out of an £85m deal to sign the France international. (Daily Mirror)

Monday's back page of the Sun

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has denied claims that the player had his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp. (Daily Express)

Manchester United boss Van Gaal has revealed he had to convince the club's board to sign 31-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer. (Manchester United)

David Moyes has warned his successor Van Gaal that failure to qualify for the Champions League will not be accepted by United. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle might sack head coach Steve McClaren because owner Mike Ashley does not want to risk being relegated. (Bleacher Report)

Aston Villa are the worst Premier League team that former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has ever seen. (Sky Sports)

Xherdan Shaqiri has compared his Stoke team-mate Giannelli Imbula, 23, to former France midfielder Patrick Vieira. (Telegraph)

Best of social media

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal celebrated their win over Leicester with a dressing room team photo

Premier League players showed their romantic side on Valentine's Day including

https://twitter.com/D_DeGea/status/698876578894389248

— (@D_DeGea)

">David de Gea,

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">Charlie Austin and Jack Butland, who made sure he spent the day watching sport. ">https://www.instagram.com/p/BBxRg8aSFFR/">Jack Butland, who made sure he spent the day watching sport.

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay took his devotion to his girlfriend to another level and wore a jacket with a portrait of her on the back.(Instagram) ">https://www.instagram.com/p/BBxQTK-qPzF/?taken-by=memphisdepay">(Instagram)

Alexis Sanchez shared a picture from the victorious Arsenal dressing room after beating Leicester, calling his team-mates "my family."(Instagram) ">https://www.instagram.com/p/BBxPa2OC6bA/">(Instagram)

Christian Eriksen posted on Instagram to say scoring the winner against Manchester City was the "best birthday present". ">https://www.instagram.com/p/BBx2AuiEc5G/">posted on Instagram to say scoring the winner against Manchester City was the "best birthday present".

Joleon Lescott enraged Aston Villa fans by

https://twitter.com/JoleonLescott/status/698916338148995072

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">tweeting a picture of a Mercedes car after the 6-0 defeat to Liverpool. He later

https://twitter.com/JoleonLescott/status/698945192662077441

— (@JoleonLescott)

">apologised and said the tweet was sent by accident... by his phone, in his pocket, while he was driving.

You can't help but feel sorry for this Aston Villa fan who

https://twitter.com/steveladgrove/status/698783267890339840

— (@steveladgrove)

">tweeted to say he had travelled from Australia to see his side get thrashed on Sunday.

Steve Ladgrove

At least he saw a lot of goals...

And finally

A Dutch second division team replaced their mascots with lingerie models to celebrate Valentine's Day. (Daily Record)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and his brother Mansour were abused by revellers at a London night club. (Manchester Evening News)

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