Sunday 18 August 2019

'I don't know what you want' - Jose Mourinho hits back at fresh snipes over his 'negative' tactics

Manager Jose Mourinho speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex in Manchester (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
Manager Jose Mourinho speaks during a press conference at Aon Training Complex in Manchester (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has again hit out at the criticism flowing in his direction in the aftermath of his side’s 1-0 Champions League defeat against Basel on Wednesday.

Mourinho has bristled at questions over what has been perceived to be negative tactics during his reign as United manager and when asked whether he would show more ambition in Saturday’s game against Brighton, he offered this response.

“More ambition than we are at home I think is quite difficult, I don’t know who is more ambitious than us,” he argued. “We played against Newcastle with (Paul) Pogba, (Marcus) Rashford, (Anthony) Martial, (Juan) Mata, (Romelu) Lukaku, the full-backs are not full-backs, (Antonio) Valencia and (Ashley) Young are wingers not full-backs. So I don’t know what you want.”

The United manager also urged the club’s supporters to ‘stay calm’ as his side look to trim the eight-point gap opened up by Manchester City at the top of the table, as he suggested there was time for his players to find a route back into the title race.

“Fans are fans and professionals are professionals and fans are more emotional, they think and feel things in a different way than we do,” he added.

“I always say to myself we must have emotional balance when we are doing very well, when we are doing bad, always an emotional balance after a big victory or big defeat.

“In this moment, we haven’t reached 50% of the season so let’s be calm. We have four competitions to play and let’s go step by step, match after match.

“It’s an interesting week because I think is the first time we have three Premier League matches in one week.

“We cannot think about the gap, we can not think about the gap to City, to the fifth position, we just have to focus on ourselves and three Premier League matches in one week.

“Obviously for us Brighton, Watford, Arsenal is a very important week, but let’s focus on Brighton, ninth in the table, good team, difficult to beat, don’t concede many goals, has a mix of physicality, aggression, quality creativity. I think Chris Hughton is doing a great job since he took the team a few seasons ago and we must focus on this one.

“I know we have a good record at home and are strong at home, but the opponent is going to be difficult for us.”

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