Friday 23 March 2018

Jose Mourinho comments on speculation linking Lionel Messi with a move to Manchester United

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho has given a blunt response to reports that Manchester United are preparing a record breaking bid to bring Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi to Old Trafford.

With Messi’s future at Barca again under debate in recent weeks, the Argentine superstar has been strongly linked with a move to United’s local rivals Manchester City.

That has sparked suggestions that Old Trafford chiefs may look to outbid City in a race to sign the 29-year-old maestro, but Mourinho had a swift answer to those rumours in his press conference on Wednesday.

“Messi? Every season it is the same story, every season he is going to leave and then he never leaves,” stated Mourinho

“I hope he never leaves because Messi belongs to Barcelona and Barcelona belongs to him. For Man United, I am absolutely sure he won’t come.”

Meanwhile, exiled summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to be handed a rare chance to impress by Jose Mourinho in Manchester United’s crucial Europa League Group A clash with Feyenoord on Thursday.

Mkhitaryan has not played a Premier League game for United since he was taken off against Manchester United in early September, with Mourinho suggesting the Armenian was struggling to cope with the pace of English football.

Yet he is set to be involved for the club’s next European assignment, with Mourinho crystalising what his team need to get through to the next phase of the Europa League.

“We need four points to qualify, there is no space for a defeat,” he said ahead of a clash against Feyenoord team that beat United earlier in the group.

“We don’t need to play with the calculator or wait for another team’s result. We need four points. This is a knockout game for us.”

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