They Don’t Deserve to Win- Mourinho

Manchester United Jose Mourinho bemoaned old foe Antonio Conte’s tactics as his side failed to breakdown Chelsea’s defensive wall in losing the FA Cup final 1-0 on Saturday.
Eden Hazard’s 22nd minute penalty proved the difference between the teams to ensure Mourinho’s second season at Old Trafford ends without a trophy.

United enjoyed a far better Premier League season than Chelsea as Conte’s men failed to even qualify for the Champions League by finishing fifth just a year after claiming the title.

However, despite finishing second in the league to a record-breaking Manchester City side, Mourinho’s approach has been much-criticised this season for lacking the flair and invention displayed by City and Champions League finalists Liverpool.

“I congratulate them because they won but I don’t think they deserved to win,” said Mourinho.

“I’m curious to read today and tomorrow, to watch, to listen (to) your (the media’s) opinions.”

Mourinho and Conte have consistently clashed since the latter arrived in England just under two years ago.

But tactically they have plenty in common as despite Mourinho’s protestations, Chelsea’s defensive resistence inspired by Conte’s organisation is exactly what Mourinho has made his own trademark in a trophy-laden career.

Mourinho claimed on the eve of the game that he didn’t understand the media’s interpretation of “entertaining”.

In the Portuguese’s estimations, racking up 6-0 victories is not as exciting as “emotion until the end, the game open, everyone on the edge of their seats, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the result in doubt.”

The final did deliver on that promise as Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois saved brilliantly from Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba headed wide as United tried in vein to force the game to extra time.

Lukaku backlash
Mourinho hasn’t been afraid to publicly criticise his players this season, most notably lambasting his squad after winning their Cup quarter-final against Brighton in March.

However, one of two exceptions that night along with Nemanja Matic was Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian striker has scored 27 goals in all competitions in his debut season at Old Trafford.

But even he bore the brunt of Mourinho’s frustration for only declaring himself fit enough for a late cameo appearance from the bench due to an ankle injury.

“When a player tells you he is not ready to play, not ready to start, then the question is how many minutes you think you can? How can you convince a player?,” he added.

“Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku does not have a presence, so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football.

“We tried everything by other ways but they had a huge block of compacted players.”

The damage at the other end was done early on when Chelsea capitalised on a fast start, and a fine individual display by Hazard.

The diminutive Belgian excelled in the space between United’s defence and midfield despite Mourinho’s best efforts to man mark him with Ander Herrera.

Hazard pounced on indecision by Phil Jones to burst clear on goal and was then brought down by the England international as he prepared to shoot before converting the spot-kick himself.

“They only play long ball,” insisted Mourinho. “When you play against a team so predictable, it is quite easy to adapt to it. But of course Hazard is a very good player and of course he created a penalty.”

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Mourinho ‘Very Positive’ That Ferguson Will Recover

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are “very positive” that former manager Alex Ferguson will recover from the brain haemorrhage that has left him in intensive care.

Ferguson, who won 38 trophies during an unrivalled 26-year reign at Old Trafford, needed emergency surgery last weekend after a fall at his home near Manchester.

It is understood that the surgery went well, with reports suggesting the Scot has been able to talk to family and friends, although there has been no official update on his condition.

United boss Mourinho declined to answer when asked on Wednesday if he had been to visit Ferguson, saying he wanted to respect the family’s wish for privacy.

However, he did say everyone at the club was optimistic that the United great would recover.

“We are confident,” said Mourinho. “The club is positive, very positive.”

Ferguson has received messages of support from around the world over the past few days, and Mourinho said that can only lift United as they prepare for Thursday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

“I can only think that if there is any relation (to the club’s mood), it is a positive relation,” he said.

Mourinho said midfielder Michael Carrick will captain the side when he plays his final match against Watford on Sunday.

Carrick, signed by Ferguson from Tottenham in 2006, is retiring at the end of the season to join Mourinho’s coaching staff.

“He will start the last match, at Old Trafford,” said Mourinho. “For the last match of the Premier League season, as our captain in front of our fans, he will start the match against Watford.”

Mourinho said Carrick’s qualities were rare not only in football, but also in wider society.

“The most important quality is to be a man, M-A-N, capitals, a proper man,” he said. “Football is not full of them — and not just football, society is not full of them, so when you find one of them you have to value them and you have to keep them.

“The club had him for a great many years playing football and now when his body says ‘enough’, the club and myself will want to keep the man.

“Of course, he has qualities that we believe can make him a good coach and there are many ways to do the bridge between player and coaching staff.”

Top-scorer Romelu Lukaku will miss the final two league matches of the season with the ankle injury he suffered against Arsenal on April 29, but could make the FA Cup final against Chelsea a week on Saturday.

Mourinho hopes midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who has a muscle injury, will be available for the Watford match but he will be absent at West Ham.

Alexis Sanchez, though, has recovered from a groin strain and Phil Jones has recovered from recent injury problems.


Mourinho Regrets Verbal Attacks On Wenger, Insists De Gea Won’t Leave United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he regrets his war of words with Arsene Wenger as his side prepare to host Arsenal in Sunday’s English Premier League game at Old Trafford.

Mourinho had called Wenger “a specialist in failure” and a “voyeur”, in the past while the Frenchman also insulted him.

“We had big matches, big fights, so thank you so much for that. Regret? Little negative episodes, yes I do and probably he also does,” Mourinho said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“I always feel the biggest rivals are our biggest friends, because they’re the ones that pushed us to the limit and I think United fans know that, until 2004, for about a decade it was between United and Arsenal, it was between Sir Alex Ferguson and Mr Wenger, and I think that these great teams Arsenal had and the fight shoulder to shoulder.

“It made United better and better. I hope he has a good reaction [from United fans], if not good, not bad at all and from us as a club he is going to feel the respect we have.

“There are little things where it would be obviously better without them.

“Some gestures, some words, it would be better without it, I feel better now without it, no doubts about it.

“But again, when I arrived in England in 2004, Arsenal were the champions and the famous Invincibles. I arrived and for the next couple of years was with them – Bergkamp, Thierry, Campbell, an amazing team – so again thank you very much for that.”

He also said he hoped United’s supporters, who have been fairly vocal in their abuse of Wenger down the years, will treat the Arsenal manager with respect at the weekend.

“They pushed us to the limits, the two matches we played, not at the Emirates but at amazing old stadium, were unforgettable.”

The former Chelsea manager also dismissed reports linking David De Gea away from the club this summer, with Real Madrid set to try for him again.

“No chance,” said Mourinho when asked if there was any chance of De Gea leaving United.

Mourinho Hails United’s “Professional” Performance Vs Bournemouth, Praises Pogba

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised his players for being “professional and responsible” in Wednesday night’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The Red Devils won the game 2-0 courtesy of goals by Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku .

The win strengthened their grip on second place in the Premier League table.

Mourinho was especially pleased with how United bounced back from their 1-0 home loss to West Bromwich Albion, and paid special praise to Paul Pogba for a much-improved performance from the weekend.

“The players were good,” the Portuguese told BT Sport .

“It was a good professional performance with good effort and responsibility. There was desire to score and a desire to cope with the defensive responsibilities against a fast team.

“All of them were professional and responsible. The first ambition was to finish in the top four and now one point is probably enough. When we have that resolved we can think about third and second place.

“Everything was faster, it was simple. The players were in the right positions and not trying one more flick, one more trick. Everything was good, I am happy. Every player on the pitch was positive and put himself available for Saturday.

“I’m not very good on man of the match, I’m not a big fan of it, but Paul Pogba played very well. Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good. A good choice.”

Man United will meet Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday for a place in the FA Cup final.

Champions League Pain Not Strange Insists Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed that European disappointment is nothing new for the English giants after losing 2-1 to Sevilla at Old Trafford crashing out of the Champions League by the same scoreline on aggregate.

Wissam Ben Yedder scored the two goals  in four second-half minutes on Tuesday that sent Sevilla into the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years as United suffered a first European home defeat since Alex Ferguson’s Champions League farewell in 2013.

Mourinho was on the winning side that night as Real Madrid manager and also sent United out of the last 16 when Porto boss in 2004.

“I’ve sat in this chair twice before with Porto, Manchester United out, and Real Madrid, Manchester United out, so I don’t think it’s anything new for the club,” said Mourinho, who bristled at questions over his tactical approach.

“I don’t want to make a drama of it. We have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours, that’s football. It’s not the end of the world.”

The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout, but had to wait for Ben Yedder’s introduction as a substitute 18 minutes from time to add a clinical finish by taking his Champions League tally for the season to eight goals in seven appearances.

Ben Yedder put Sevilla in front two minutes later when he blasted into the bottom corner before heading in a second shortly after.

Romelu Lukaku reduced United’s arrears, but it was too little, too late with Mourinho’s decision to once again drop Paul Pogba certain to be scrutinised.

“In the first half we played a good game apart from the last 30 metres,” said Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella.

“In the second half we were more clinical with Ben Yedder, he made the difference today.”

Mourinho sprang a surprise before kick-off by recalling Marouane Fellaini at the expense of Pogba, who had also been dropped for the first game.

Sevilla dominated the vast majority of the first leg only to be denied by some stunning saves from David de Gea.

However, it was wayward finishing rather than the Spanish number one that prevented the visitors making the most of their ascendency for most of the match.

Indeed, of Sevilla’s 10 efforts on goal in the first period only one weak Muriel effort forced De Gea into making a save.

Fellaini gamble backfires

Mourinho’s gamble on Fellaini appeared to have largely backfired as he failed to impose his physical presence on Sevilla’s ball players in midfield.

Yet, the Belgian nearly made the breakthrough with United’s best move of the opening period when he latched onto Alexis Sanchez’s layoff and his powerful effort was turned behind by Sergio Rico.

The second period began in the same vein as the first with Sevilla on the front foot, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Eric Bailly denied Correa a clear sight of goal.

Pogba, who cost United a then-world record £89 million ($116 million) in 2016, was eventually introduced just after the hour mark with Fellaini sacrificed.

However, even the Frenchman couldn’t kickstart the hosts and they were eventually made to pay.

Ben Yedder had only been on the pitch for two minutes after replacing Muriel when he finally broke the deadlock in the tie with a brilliant finish low into De Gea’s bottom left-hand corner.

“Manchester United have experience in the Champions League, it was a special game for us,” said Ben Yedder.

“But I believed in myself, believed in the team and we showed we are a great team.”

Mourinho responded by throwing on Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, but their attacking edge was needed far earlier as Ben Yedder soon put the outcome beyond any doubt when he forced home a corner at the far post despite a despairing effort by De Gea.

Lukaku finally got United on the board six minutes from time when he swept home Marcus Rashford’s corner.

But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for four straight years

Scholes Criticizes  Mourinho, United Players, Says Sanchez Should Be Dropped.


Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has castigated Jose Mourinho and the team for the UEFA Champions League loss to Sevilla while advising the manager to drop Alexis Sanchez.

United crashed out of the competition on Tuesday night after a devastating defeat to Sevilla sent the Spanish side through to the quarter-finals 2-1 on agreggate.

The Red Devils had only four shots on target over the two legs, which Mourinho dismissed as ‘just statistics’. But Scholes claimed the two performances were the styles of the Portuguese’s reign.

“That’s the way the manager likes to play, on the counter-attack,” Scholes, who has been attacked by Mourinho for criticising United midfielder Paul Pogba, said on television after the match.

“It was difficult watching that and the first game. There is no desire, no energy, no speed. It’s unexplainable. Teams go and try. United didn’t try and win the game away from home.

“Surely the manager must see Sanchez’s not been good enough. He doesn’t know his best front three. He needs to choose his best and leave Sanchez out.”

Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan but the Chilean has struggled.

However, Mourinho has insisted on starting Sanchez in all of United’s important games while leaving out either Juan Mata, Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford

Jose Mourinho And Antonio Conte Bury Hatchet.

Jose Mourinho has officially put an end to his tyranny with Antonio Conte and admitted the hatchet has been buried between the two.

Mourinho and Conte have spent the season trading and hurling insults, as tensions mounted regarding their two Premier League rival teams.

Manchester United hosted Chelsea recently at Old Trafford, in a contest which saw Mourinho’s men come out on top from a goal behind.

And now the Portuguese boss, who has managed both teams, insists all that has happened in the past must now be forgotten and moved on.

‘We have had problems but now we need to forget about it,’ Mourinho told Italian TV station RAI.

‘He is the coach of Chelsea, I am at Manchester United – we could not do anything different: respect the situation, greet each other and move forward.

‘We did the right thing.’

Tensions between the two elite managerfirst ignited when Conte’s Chelsea side of the 2016/17 season soundly beat Mourinho’s United at Stamford Bridge, prompting the Portuguese to criticise his counterpart for over-zealous celebrations.

This later saw Mourinho likening the antics of Conte on the touchline to that of a ‘clown,’ which in turn began the spiral of events.

As words went back and forth into the current campaign, frustrations peaked when Conte suggested his opposition was suffering from ‘demenza senile,’ provoking Mourinho to retort with the resurfacing of match-fixing allegations which hampered Conte during his previous role at Juventus.

The recent fixture at Old Trafford put an end to all the ill-feeling however, with both managers acting respectfully as Mourinho’s side took a 2-1 victory.

United currently find themselves in second place in the Premier League table, nine points clear of Chelsea after 30 games played.












Mourinho Must Hold Salah Off.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has the tough task of keeping Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah quiet as Jurgen Klopp’s entertainers roll into town at the weekend hoping to displace the current numer two position holder Manchester United Off their seat.

With Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City virtually  winners of the league, northwest rivals United and Liverpool — the two most successful clubs in the English game — are left fighting for the second place.

United’s impressive fightback from 2-0 down on Monday to defeat Crystal Palace 3-2 maintained their slender two-point lead over Liverpool in the battle for the runners-up spot behind runaway leaders City.

Nemanja Matic bailed out Mourinho’s men with a stunning stoppage-time strike in London but another three points papered over the cracks in the latest in a series of unconvincing performances from United.

“We have to be honest, we have to play better,” Matic admitted once the euphoria of his first United goal died down.


“We have to do more if we want to win as Liverpool is a team with great quality.”

The onus will be on Mourinho to take the game to the visitors at Old Trafford on Saturday but the Portuguese manager, criticised for keeping his array of attackers firmly on the leash, is unlikely to risk throwing caution to the wind.

Liverpool had scored 20 goals in their previous seven games before a much-changed side drew 0-0 with Porto in midweek, a result that sealed a place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in nine years.

With January signing Virgil van Dijk settling in well at the back and Loris Karius impressing in goal, the pieces are falling into place for Klopp’s team, who have lost just once in 20 Premier League games.

But it is their forwards, led by the irrepressible Salah alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who have scored a combined 68 goals this season, that will give Mourinho sleepless nights.

There was a palpable sensation around Anfield on Tuesday that Liverpool minds were already focused on United, with the free-scoring front three all rested at different spells of the game.

United v Liverpool ‘special’

The match against Liverpool is the first of three games in eight days for United at Old Trafford that will define their season.

Sevilla visit in the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with the tie delicately balanced at 0-0 after the first leg, before in-form Brighton head north for an FA Cup quarter-final.

Mourinho conceded recently “to play Liverpool has a special meaning” for United, so reserving his stars’ energies for midweek is out of the question.

However, he does have a big decision to make over whether to persist with Alexis Sanchez on the left side of United’s attack, with the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in his armoury.

The Chilean has scored just once since moving from Arsenal in January.

Elsewhere, Chelsea need to bounce back from four defeats in five league games if they are to retain any realistic hope of a top-four finish when they host struggling Palace and Tottenham must pick themselves up after being dumped out of the Champions League by Juventus at Bournemouth.

A heavily-rotated City side were also beaten for just the fourth time this season by Basel in Europe in midweek, but still progressed to the quarter-finals and can move to within three wins of mathematically sealing the title when they visit Stoke on Monday.

Arsenal, trailing fourth-placed Spurs by 13 points, look to have blown their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League but Arsene Wenger will be desperate to reverse an alarming slump when Watford visit the Emirates.

Mourinho Backs Conte, Chelsea Over ‘Ridiculous’ Criticisms

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has astonishingly came out to support his former club Chelsea and The Blues’embattled coach, Antonio Conte, branding the criticism ‘unfair’.

Mourinho and Conte have not been in the sporting good terms for the majority of the latter’s time in England, with the pair engaging in a protracted and often  war of words this season.

During their spat, Mourinho questioned Conte’s integrity for becoming a subject in a match-fixing scandal – from which the Italian was later exonerated – and The Blues boss responded by calling his rival a “little man”.

But their relationship appeared to have mellowed during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to United on February 25, with the pair shaking hands.

That game saw United make a slow start and they did so again on Monday in the dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, with comparisons made between the two contests, but Mourinho insists the only common denominator is strong opposition.

“Honestly, I know what you are writing as a consequence of yesterday,” Mourinho told reporters at Selhurst Park, 24 hours after Conte’s side came under fire for their defensive approach in a 1-0 defeat at runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

“But Chelsea is a fantastic team and, I know it looks a bit strange because you know we had problems in the past, but it’s quite ridiculous that I have to say how unfair it is to speak the way people are speaking about the English champion.

“They are still the English champion. Chelsea was strong against us. They started very strong and created difficulty in that initial part of the game.

“And tonight [Monday] I think Roy [Hodgson, Palace manager] was strong. We were expecting [Jairo] Riedewald in defensive midfield and [Alexander] Sorloth out left, but he came with a 4-4-2, two aggressive strikers together, strong in the air then dropping back to defend.

“Roy was very good. I don’t even want to blame my players and say the start was not good.

“The start was not good because they [Palace] were good and matches like this [going behind early], it’s only possible if the two teams are good.”

Monday’s win gave Mourinho’s side a nine-point edge over fifth-placed Chelsea, with the Blues sitting just five points back of Spurs in the race for the top four.

Mourinho Applauds Lukaku As Man Utd Overpowered Chelsea

Jose Mourinho hailed Romelu Lukaku’s ability to return to a better form after he his rather slow and shambolic start to the season helping his Manchester United team defeat the premier league champion Chelsea by a 2-1 victory at the old Trafford.

Lukaku equalised  Willian’s opener with his first United goal against top six Premier League opposition before a cross out assist  for Jesse Lingard who headed home the winner 15 minutes from time.

“I think he played fantastically well,” said Mourinho on Lukaku’s performance.

“The team didn’t start well, didn’t start very confident, happened the same to him…he was a little bit lost but then he went together with the team.

“He ended the game with the image of a hand in the goal.”

Victory against his former club was particularly sweet for Jose Mourinho as he got one over on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, but more importantly moves United back above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League.

“It’s a good day for me and we won so that’s the most important thing,” said Lukaku.

“To get the winner would have been even better for me, but to get the goal before half-time was really important for us. We showed our qualities and our desire in the second half.”

Defeat allied to Tottenham Hotspur’s late win earlier in the day at Crystal Palace sees Chelsea slip to fifth.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the first period but failed to build on Willian’s 32nd minute opener.

“For sure we missed by disappointed for the final result,” said Conte.

“Because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better with experience and maturity to get three points.”

The spectre of another fiery clash between Mourinho and Conte, who have publicly bickered in recent months, hogged the headlines before kick-off, but there was a peace offering when the pair shook hands before the action got underway.

Mourinho recalled Paul Pogba to his starting XI after dropping the £89 million (100 million euros, $124 million) midfielder for Wednesday’s stalemate at Sevilla in the Champions League.

But it was one of Conte’s two changes from his side’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in midweek who nearly made an immediate impact.

Alvaro Morata started for the first time in six weeks, but saw his side-footed volley from Marcos Alonso’s driven cross come back off the bar just four minutes in.

Mourinho Plans Contract Extension At Manchester United

The Manager of the Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is said to be ready to finally reach the final agreement with the club on a contract extension.

The contract is said to keep him to the close of 2021.

The information has been that there has been progress in the discussion as regards him staying at the Old Trafford for more years adding to the previous three years the Portuguese signed which is said to be out by June 2019.

‘Manchester united is a great club and I want to take the club to the height and class they belong to and yes my commitment to them is total and and final’ said the 54 year old who also disclaim the rumours of him leaving the club.

Mourinho won the League Cup and Europa League in his first season in charge, though United finished sixth in the league.
They currently sit second, 12 points behind local rivals Manchester City, and are in the Champions League last 16 and FA Cup fourth round.