Jose Mourinho responds to Pogba’s comments during his media interaction before the match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho delivered a bizarre press conference today ahead of the Red Devils’ match against Tottenham Hotspur on Monday. The 55 year old has never seemed to be upbeat this season, more so after the Brighton defeat last week. His job is apparently on the line following poor outcomes. He has now spoken to the press.
When asked about the return of injured players, the Portuguese said,” I don’t know because today is still Friday and training Saturday and training Sunday, match Monday, decisions to be made Sunday but yes ( Matic and Valencia are) training with the team, Dalot also training with the team for the first time this week so in terms of medical department they are almost free.
Jose was also asked to speak about how the week went against Brighton, but he compared it to any other week from his career.
“No. I think difficult, difficult is after the match you lose. It is always difficult, especially for people that really care about the job, about being football professional, but after that you think about the next match.
“You do the same when you win, when you win you have to move on and focus on what next and imagine when you lose you have to do even more.”
Jose also remained about his relationship with Ed Woodward.
“Yeah, but don’t ask me because I don’t know.
I don’t read, I don’t know 10 per cent of what is written, I don’t know 10 per cent of what is coming on TV screens so I’m not the right guy to answer to it.”
Paul Pogba particularly questioned the team’s attitude after the match against Brighton last Sunday. Pogba was on the scoresheet, however he is rumoured to have a fractured relationship with Mourinho. In fact, he even was made the captain in the last two outings. Upon being asked about Paul Pogba’s comments, the United boss had the following to say.
“Paul told, Paul has to answer by his words, if you want any explanation about Paul’s words you must get him and ask him.”
He was even asked about how his feeling was about team’s performance in the last two matches and what he is expecting out of the Spurs game. He still gave really vague answers to the reporters.
“I feel we played well against Leicester and we won, I felt we played bad against Brighton and we lost. I would like to play well and win. It’s to play well and win, don’t make mistakes, play well and win that’s what we want.”
When asked about Spurs and the progression of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof together at the back at United, Jose did not disclose anything. “I don’t analyse with you my players. I’m not going to comment.”
Manchester United have had over eight days to prepare for all their fixtures so far. When questioned about the Spurs’ fixture being at a good time, Mourinho said, “You have to play against 19 opponents at Old Trafford and 19 opponents away, you have to play against everyone.
“I don’t know if it’s the right time. The time is now, the fixtures were decided this way and we have to play Tottenham Hotspur in the second match at Old Trafford before we go away twice in a row against Burnley and Watford, this is what it is and of course difficult match, of course a team that last season finished in top four. So difficult match.”