It is a tough time to be a Manchester United supporter but even tougher to be the club’s manager or player right now. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the severe criticisms he has faced with his players over poor results are quite unfair.
For five years, Manchester United has been without a win at the Bridge and Jose Mourinho is faced with the mammoth task of guiding an eight placed United to victory against second placed Chelsea in London on Saturday.
There have been reports that Jose Mourinho will be sacked regardless of the result against Newcastle which lead the Portuguese to claim he was a victim of “manhunt”
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Mourinho said: “I think the players in that weekend we didn’t sleep in the hotel, everyone stayed at his own house, and I think the players when they woke up in the morning, from what they read, because they read and follow social media, I think the pre-match was not easy for them.”
“What I can do is tell them what I keep telling them: it is my problem, to cope with it, because I am the man and let them enjoy their football the way they did against Newcastle in the second half.”
“No I am not happy,” said Mourinho. “Honestly I am not happy. But if somebody has to be the man, I’d prefer it to be myself than my players. Yes it bothers me, because I am a man like you are.”
Mourinho also revealed he is not bothered about his winless run against Chelsea since he moved to United. When asked if putting an end to the winless streak was his focus, he replied “No, not at all”
“I never won at Newcastle, with Chelsea or Man Utd. And that’s it. I will try tomorrow, I believe we can tomorrow.”
Jose also took time to praise Maurizio Sarri who has transformed the London side to a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.
“They have very good players, a very good squad, they play well, get results,” he said.
“And when you get results your team is obviously in a great momentum, and they have lots of special players, of course one in this moment is undoubtedly the best player in this period in the Premier League, but some others are really special players, and they are a very difficult team, but I think we can win.”
Jose spoke fondly of Hazard but also revealed that Hazard was not the only threat in the Chelsea side.
“He is a good kid,” he said, “He was a good kid in my time and now he is a good man, three or four years more maturity he was a kid and now is a man.
“I think he knows how good he is, I think he knows how much he can influence the destiny of his team in the course of a season.
“In my first season he was voted the best player in the Premier League and the team was champion. In my second season he was not very good, but we were not very good. Then Antonio comes, he was the best player in the Premier League and they won the title again, and he knows that with his talent he can influence the destiny of his team.”
“If I only think about Eden, we are in trouble,” he said. “It’s Eden, It’s Willian, it’s [N’Golo] Kante. It’s really hard to play against a team and focus on one man if that special man is surrounded by special players.”