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Mourinho mocks Wenger over lack of big trophies

The Portuguese had already taken aim at the Frenchman in his TV interview and further questioned his adversary in an explosive press conference

Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsene Wenger in his post-match press conference following Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal.

The loss was Wenger’s first victory over the Portuguese in the Premier League at the 13th time of asking, with Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck helping to secure a 2-0 win.

Mourinho aimed a subtle dig at Wenger in his post-match television interview, insisting that Gunners fans could finally go home with a smile on their face after so many years of pain when facing him.

And the United manager went one further in his post-match press conference, insisting that, in what appeared a clear dig at Wenger, he does not enjoy seeing the north Londoners fail to win big trophies.

He said: “The Arsenal fans are happy and I’m happy for them. It’s the first time I leave Highbury or the Emirates Stadium and they’re happy.


“I left Highbury, they were crying, I left Emirates Stadium, they were crying. They were walking in the streets with their heads low. So finally today they sing, they wave their scarves. It’s nice for them.

“It’s a big club. You think I enjoy that a big club like Arsenal is not winning big trophies? I’m not enjoying that, honestly. Today I tried to win. We lost.”

Mourinho also expressed his opinion that is not “normal” for him to have such a commanding record over the Frenchman, adding that he feels Wenger puts too much pressure on fourth officials. He continued: “I think Arsene Wenger is not a small manager, he’s a big manager. So to have that record of winning so many matches, to not lose so many matches, it’s something that’s not normal. Normal is win, lose, draw.

“Today, no problem. We shook hands before and after the game. And during the game I didn’t like what I never like, he puts too much pressure on the fourth official all the time.”

Mourinho regrets treating Schweinsteiger bad in Man U, laments lots of injuries

Related imageReports have it that defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones suffered “long-term injuries” while on duty with England, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho revealed at yesterday Friday’s press conference.

Jones, 25, picked up a toe injury in an innocuous training ground tackle, with reports claiming it involved Smalling.

 And fellow centre-back Smalling, 27, was pictured with a leg brace following an injury also suffered in training.

United captain Wayne Rooney returns for Saturday’s Premier League game against West Brom after recovering from a knee injury.The 31-year-old has missed United’s last four games.

As a result of the injuries to Smalling and Jones, Mourinho has also included 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe in the squad. The teenager has only made one appearance for the club – in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan in January.

Manchester United will also be without striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and midfielder Ander Herrera, who are both suspended, and France midfielder Paul Pogba, who has a hamstring problem.

Asked l how long he expects to be without Jones and Smalling, the United boss said: “I don’t know, I don’t know.

“I know that Zlatan and Herrera have the last match ban, so it’s easy to say they will be available after the match.

“I think clearly the two English boys they are long-term injuries and Pogba I have no idea. I don’t know.”

Meanwhile, Mourinho said he regretted the way he treated Bastian Schweinsteiger and apologised to the midfielder before his switch to the Chicago Fire.

The Germany World Cup winner, who joined United in 2015, trained with the reserves following Mourinho’s arrival in the summer, but was brought back into the first team in late October.

However, last week the 32-year-old was permitted a move to join the MLS side.

“He’s in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him,” Mourinho said.

“The last thing I told him before he left ‘I was not right with you once, I have to be right with you now’.

“So when he was asking me to let him leave I had to say ‘yes, you can leave’ because I did it once, I cannot do it twice.

“I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a good influence in training – a very good influence.”

 

Football: Mourinho defends Pogba

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Ace football coach, Jose Mourinho has defended Paul Pogba.

With a world record price hanging over his head, Paul Pogba has come in for plenty of criticism from those who believe he is not doing enough to justify the £89million fee Manchester United shelled out for him. Jose Mourinho has risen to the defence of his star player saying his critics are envious and the 24yr old has achieved a lot all by himself.
The Portuguese coach said: ‘I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that and envy is coming into certain levels that I am scared about especially for the next generation if things go in this direction.’

‘It’s not his fault that some of the pundits are in trouble with their lives and they need every coin to survive and Paul is a multi-millionaire. It’s not his fault. ‘He deserves respect, his family deserve respect. He is a kid who comes from a working family, a family with three boys that I’m sure needed a lot of food on that table every day because they are big giants. So I’m sure the mum and dad had to work hard for many years for them.

‘A kid who came to Manchester as a teenager who fought for his career here, who wasn’t afraid to move and go to another country and look for better conditions. ‘A kid who reached the top of the world with his work. Nobody gave him anything. I’m really, really worried with the previous generations because things are going in such a direction that envy is everywhere.

‘I’m very happy with Paul, the club is very happy with Paul. A good thing is that because of his personality he doesn’t give an “S” to what people say.’ Pogba has had a mixed campaign in his first season back at United, in 25 leagues appearances this season, he has 4 goals and 3 assists.

Wayne Rooney To Quit Man U In £52m Move To China?

Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho yesterday admitted the United and England captain could leave before the Chinese transfer window closes next Tuesday.

United’s record goalscorer has a £1million-a-week offer on the table to play in China.

And asked if Rooney will still be here at the end of next week Mourinho said: “You have to ask him. I cannot guarantee that I’m here next week, how can I guarantee that a player is here next season What I can guarantee is that if one day Wayne leaves the club it is not because I want him to leave the club. I would never push a legend of this club to another destiny.

“You have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or sees himself moving.

“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. You have to ask him, not me. I was very open with you in the answer.

“I don’t want him to leave.”

Rooney has started just one game in the last nine.

He has 18 months left on his current £250,000-a-week deal but United do not seem keen to take up their option to extend it for a year.

A £1m a week offer, will Rooney go?

Top 4 will leave Man Utd behind – Mourinho

Top four will leave Man Utd behind - Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has claimed that the Premier League’s top four will “leave” Manchester United as the Red Devils enter an enforced break.

A 16-game unbeaten run in the English top-flight has lifted the Old Trafford outfit to within touching distance of the Champions League places.

They are, however, about to see their rivals given an opportunity to edge back into the distance.

United are set to turn their attention to other endeavours, with continental and domestic cup fixtures approaching.

A home Europa League clash with St Etienne on Thursday is followed by an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Blackburn Rovers, a return date in France and the EFL Cup final against Southampton.

With his side not in league action again until March 4, Mourinho concedes that a hectic schedule is offering positives and negatives.

“They will leave us,” he said of United’s top-four rivals.

“The other teams will have points so, for sure, it’s going to happen.

“That’s the way it is. I don’t think it is easy, because you want to play the competition, but at the same time we have motivation.

“We play the Europa League, so let’s enjoy the Europa League. We also have a cup final. I don’t believe anyone goes to Wembley not happy to go, so we go, we play.

“We know in this moment that Southampton are probably going to have some days off. I don’t know if they go to a summer camp to some nice, beautiful place with nice weather to prepare for the final.

EPL: Jose Mourinho attacks chelsea coach, Antonio Conte

  'To be good in counter attack is suddenly art' - Mourinho in sly dig at Conte plaudits The Manchester United manager claims he used to face criticism for being ‘ruthless’, but is now seeing Chelsea hailed for taking the same approach

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly aimed a dig at Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, suggesting that the Italian is earning praise for an approach he used to be criticised for.

The Red Devils boss forged a reputation for being “ruthless” in his approach, with his sides at Stamford Bridge, Inter Milan and Real Madrid famed for their defensive strength. He was happy for his teams to operate on the counter-attack and accumulate positive results and trophies by any means necessary.

 

His methods were not always well received, however, and the Portuguese has altered his ways since arriving at Old Trafford, having been made aware of the expectation at United to play attractive football.

 

While doing so, Mourinho has seen his permanent successor at Chelsea earn plenty of plaudits for tightening up the Blues at the back and making them a threat on the break.

Clearly frustrated, Mourinho said of the change of mentality in English football: “My team is playing very well but for many, many years in my career, especially in this country, when my teams were ruthless and phenomenal defensively, and very good in the counter attack, I listen week after week that it was not enough in spite of winning the title three times.

 

“It looks like this season to be phenomenal defensively and good in counter attack is art, so it was a big change in England.

“But my Manchester United, I don’t want to change the profile of our play, this is the way the fans want us to play, this is the way the club wants us to play.

 

Football:How Mourinho’s confidence is going down everyday

Image result for jose mourinhoPaul Merson believes Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s confidence has been knocked since being sacked by Chelsea, Sky Sports reports.

United have lost three of their last four fixtures and Mourinho heads into Saturday’s clash with Leicester City  with a big selection headache.

Merson thinks that Mourinho, who was given the boot by Chelsea last December, is struggling to find a formula that works at his new club.

“I think he’s tip-toeing at the moment,” Merson said.

“I mean that in a way where he doesn’t know what his best team is. I feel he’s trying to keep everyone happy at the moment. What happened at Chelsea has knocked his confidence a little bit.

“Instead of going bang, bang, bang and making big decisions it’s been a bit more careful because of the situation of what happened at Chelsea. He needs to sort it out quickly and put out what he believes is his best team.”

Part of the selection issue facing Mourinho is surrounding Wayne Rooney, whose place in the starting XI has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, especially with the emergence of Marcus Rashford.

After scoring off the bench in United’s 3-1 win over Northampton in midweek, Rashford has now scored on his European, Premier League, League Cup and England (senior and U21) debuts and has been involved in more goals in all competitions than any other United player since his debut last season (11 goals, 3 assists).

However, despite Rashford’s big impact, Merson thinks there’s too much pressure heaped upon the young England striker.

“There’s problems at United – they’re relying on Marcus Rashford who was only playing youth football last season,” Merson said.”

“He’s having the same situation as when Anthony Martial came into the team. All of a sudden, Manchester United is on Rashford’s shoulders. People are saying he’s the saviour – it’s a lot to ask for an 18-year-old to do in front of 70,000 people.”

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