Wednesday 20 September 2017

“Everyone is seriously p***** off" - Jose Mourinho reported to have cancelled Christmas

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho is reported to have ordered his Manchester United players and the club’s extended staff to cancel their festive plans, after scheduling a training session for 4.30pm on Christmas Day at Old Trafford.

The Sun are running a story claiming Mourinho has angered club staff by planning a training session at the club’s home stadium a day before their St Stephen’s Day home match against Sunderland.

Louis van Gaal gave his players a day off to celebrate Christmas with their families when he was United manager last year, but that plan backfired as United turned in a dreadful display as they were beaten at Stoke on December 26th.

Mourinho was never likely to offer up a Christmas Day rest for his stars, with the seasoned Premier League manager always giving his complete commitment to the cause in the final week of December during his two spells as Chelsea manager.

He has also stated publicly that he ‘feels honoured’ to be play in games during a Christmas period when all other major leagues in Europe are enjoying a mid-season winter break, yet it is the suggestions that the club’s extended staff are being asked to report for duty on Christmas Day that may cause a stir at United.

The club declined to comment when they were contacted by The Sun about this story, in which they quote a staff member expressing his annoyance at Mourinho’s plans.

“Everyone is seriously p***** off,” the paper’s club source claims. “They’ve never heard anything like it.

“All the staff are used to coming in and sorting training out at Carrington but having it at Old Trafford adds a whole new level of organisation and brings more staff in.

“Jose’s had a face like thunder at the training ground for most of the season and is clearly not happy with results.

“Some staff will even have to stay later on to sort out the pitch and stadium for the next day’s home game. He’s effectively cancelled Christmas.”

Mourinho is likely to be asked about this story when he faces the media ahead of his side’s next Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, but don’t expect him to give a very jovial response.

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