Saturday 17 February 2018

Jose Mourinho's press conference no-show....but he does offer injury hints after League Cup win

Swansea City manager Paul Clement and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: PA
Swansea City manager Paul Clement and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: PA
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho did not attend his post match press conference after his side moved into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win at Swansea.

Mourinho named a much-changed United line-up for his side’s first match since their shock 2-1 Premier League defeat at Huddersfield on Saturday, with two Jesse Lingard goals easing last season’s League Cup winners into the last eight of this season’s competition.

No official explanation was given for Mourinho’s refusal to attend his post match press conference, but he did interviews to Sky and MUTV that suggested he was satisfied with the attitude of his players after he questioned their spirit to compete in the defeat at Huddersfield.

“From the first minute we felt we were in the game, we had immediately a couple of corners, we were pressing high, the attitude was good and we were comfortable on the pitch,” stated Mourinho.

“We were always in control of the match. I'm pleased with the performances of the team and individuals.

“I think they have a good squad, they have a squad with lots of options. As I was saying before, there is no big difference between the players but we were really comfortable. The attitude was very good. I think (Sergio) Romero and (Chris) Smalling gave us big stability.

“We are trying to defend our cup to the maximum we can and now we go to the quarter-finals. That's it and we are happy.”

The game marked Mourinho’s 400th game in English football and he suggested he is a very different manager now than the firebrand who took charge of Chelsea for the first time back in 2004.

“I think I am obviously the same but more mature and with a different way to react to things, but I am the same. I want to win and I hate when I lose,” he added.

Mourinho stated that he expected Phil Jones to shake off his injury concerns to be fit to play against Tottenham’s in Saturday’s vital Premier League game at Old Trafford, but he did not offer any hint that midfielder Paul Pogba is also closing in on a return despite earlier reports that he was targeting this week to make his return from a hamstring problem.

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