Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has always been press conference gold, but now he’s ramping up his quote machine status to the next level.
Ahead of United’s 1-0 win over FC Rostov which propelled them to the Europa League Round of 8, Mourinho had this to say about the envy surrounding Paul Pogba:
“I feel the world is losing balance. Envy coming to certain levels. I am scared for the next generation.”
“It is not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money that some very good players get. It is not Paul’s fault that some fans are in trouble and need every penny to survive.
“He needs respect, his family deserve respect. He comes from a working family with three boys so I am sure the mum and dad worked hard for many years.”
After the victory, achieved on the strength of a goal by Juan Mata, and a stellar performance by back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero, Mourinho lashed out the schedule-makers.
“We have lots of enemies,” Mourinho told a BT Sport interview.
“Normally the enemies should be Rostov but we have a lot of enemies. It’s difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it’s difficult to play now, it’s difficult to play 12 o’clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies.”
“A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals. But a lot of things are going against us. The boys are amazing boys.
“We will probably lose the game on Sunday [at Middlesbrough]. Fatigue has a price.
“I will remember forever when I spoke to the UEFA delegate in Rostov. He told me if any of our players gets injured, the insurance paid. Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way.”
Obviously, being in four different competitions, and the fixture congestion accompanying it, over the course of the season has taken its toll on the men of Mourinho. United won the EFL Cup on February 26th, and got bounced from the FA Cup Monday night by Chelsea. Thus, they’re now down to two competitions- Europa and Premier League.
We’re not done with the Mourinho on point quote game either. Less than two weeks ago, he gave us this gem.
“I think Manchester United learn I am not the monster that you say I am, I’m not such a bad guy, an arrogant guy, a difficult person to work with, at least until now nobody at the training ground runs away when I arrive, not even Karen,” Jose Mourinho said in response to a question about his future with the club.
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