They Don’t Deserve to Win- Mourinho

Manchester United Jose Mourinho bemoaned old foe Antonio Conte’s tactics as his side failed to breakdown Chelsea’s defensive wall in

Manchester United Jose Mourinho bemoaned old foe Antonio Conte’s tactics as his side failed to breakdown Chelsea’s defensive wall in losing the FA Cup final 1-0 on Saturday.
Eden Hazard’s 22nd minute penalty proved the difference between the teams to ensure Mourinho’s second season at Old Trafford ends without a trophy.

United enjoyed a far better Premier League season than Chelsea as Conte’s men failed to even qualify for the Champions League by finishing fifth just a year after claiming the title.

However, despite finishing second in the league to a record-breaking Manchester City side, Mourinho’s approach has been much-criticised this season for lacking the flair and invention displayed by City and Champions League finalists Liverpool.

“I congratulate them because they won but I don’t think they deserved to win,” said Mourinho.

“I’m curious to read today and tomorrow, to watch, to listen (to) your (the media’s) opinions.”

Mourinho and Conte have consistently clashed since the latter arrived in England just under two years ago.

But tactically they have plenty in common as despite Mourinho’s protestations, Chelsea’s defensive resistence inspired by Conte’s organisation is exactly what Mourinho has made his own trademark in a trophy-laden career.

Mourinho claimed on the eve of the game that he didn’t understand the media’s interpretation of “entertaining”.

In the Portuguese’s estimations, racking up 6-0 victories is not as exciting as “emotion until the end, the game open, everyone on the edge of their seats, both dug-outs nervous and tense with the result in doubt.”

The final did deliver on that promise as Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois saved brilliantly from Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba headed wide as United tried in vein to force the game to extra time.

Lukaku backlash
Mourinho hasn’t been afraid to publicly criticise his players this season, most notably lambasting his squad after winning their Cup quarter-final against Brighton in March.

However, one of two exceptions that night along with Nemanja Matic was Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian striker has scored 27 goals in all competitions in his debut season at Old Trafford.

But even he bore the brunt of Mourinho’s frustration for only declaring himself fit enough for a late cameo appearance from the bench due to an ankle injury.

“When a player tells you he is not ready to play, not ready to start, then the question is how many minutes you think you can? How can you convince a player?,” he added.

“Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku does not have a presence, so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football.

“We tried everything by other ways but they had a huge block of compacted players.”

The damage at the other end was done early on when Chelsea capitalised on a fast start, and a fine individual display by Hazard.

The diminutive Belgian excelled in the space between United’s defence and midfield despite Mourinho’s best efforts to man mark him with Ander Herrera.

Hazard pounced on indecision by Phil Jones to burst clear on goal and was then brought down by the England international as he prepared to shoot before converting the spot-kick himself.

“They only play long ball,” insisted Mourinho. “When you play against a team so predictable, it is quite easy to adapt to it. But of course Hazard is a very good player and of course he created a penalty.”

Source: APF

Jose Mourinho on Chelsea FA Cup triumph: “I don’t think they deserved to win”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that Chelsea were not worthy winners in this afternoon’s FA Cup final. For the first time

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that Chelsea were not worthy winners in this afternoon’s FA Cup final.

For the first time in his career, Jose Mourinho lost a domestic cup final in England, as Chelsea defeated Manchester United 1-0 with Eden Hazard scoring the only goal of the game.

The Portuguese manager claims that the Blues’ game plan would have seen him receive criticism should United have won using similar tactics.

“I am quite curious”

Eden Hazard & Phil Jones

Eden Hazard & Phil Jones during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England.

Mourinho has admitted his curiosity as to how his side would have been portrayed should they have come out on top during this afternoon FA Cup final.

The former Chelsea boss was visibly disgruntled by his side’s defeat and blasted the opposition’s performance, also claiming his side struggled without Romelu Lukaku.

Mourinho said:

“I congratulate them but I don’t think they deserved to win.

“I congratulated them. I am Manchester United manager and I have to be respectful, not just because they are my previous club but because they are the opponents today and I think we deserved to win. I think we were the best team, but that is football.

“I am quite curious to know what you say or what people write because if my team plays like Chelsea did, I can imagine what people would say. I am quite curious.

“It was a bit hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team that defends with nine players.

“Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku or Marouane Fellaini does not have a presence so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football.

“Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. No regrets.”

‘Chelsea Didn’t Deserve It’, Mourinho Fumes After FA Cup Loss

Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures from the touchline during the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea

'Chelsea Didn't Deserve It', Mourinho Fumes After FA Cup Loss
Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures from the touchline during the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London on May 19, 2018. Ian KINGTON / AFP

 

Jose Mourinho claimed Chelsea didn’t deserve to win the FA Cup after adopting a cautious approach in the second half of their 1-0 victory against Manchester United on Saturday.

Mourinho was frustrated that Chelsea opted to sit back and defend the lead secured by Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty at Wembley.

United were poor in the opening period, but they controlled possession after the interval as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte opted to play more cautiously.

READ ALSO: Chelsea Beat Manchester United To Win FA Cup

Despite dominating in the second half, Mourinho’s side left empty-handed thanks to some fine saves from Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

And the United manager, often criticised for sending out negative teams himself, couldn’t resist the chance to take a swipe at his old rival Conte’s tactics.

“I congratulate them because they won but I don’t think they deserved to win,” Mourinho said.

“I am the Manchester United manager and I have to be respectful, not just because they (Chelsea) are my previous club but because they are the opponents today.

“But I think we deserved to win. I am quite curious to know what you say or what people write because if my team plays like Chelsea did I can imagine what people would say. I am quite curious.

“The image of the game is that (United goalkeeper) David de Gea did not touch the ball. He touched the ball in the net.”

Mourinho admitted the absence of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who was only able to feature as a second-half substitute following an ankle injury, was a major hindrance as it encouraged Chelsea to play a more defensive and physical style.

“It was a bit hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team that defends with nine players. You need that presence,” he said.

“Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku does not have a presence, so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football.

“We tried everything by other ways but they had a huge block of compacted players.

“Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. No regrets.”

AFP

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Paul Pogba defends Jose Mourinho over Man United’s defensive tactics

Defence Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has defended Jose Mourinho over his style of football after some criticism from pundits

Defence

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has defended Jose Mourinho over his style of football after some criticism from pundits and football fans.

Mourinho has typically opted for a more defensive setup in most games, especially in games against the top clubs.

Though, there are also times in which they have impressed offensively and that raises some questions over whether Mourinho

While some criticise his style of football, no one can deny that he gets results and having finished second in the Premier League, he has the chance for more silverware this weekend.

That is because his side will face off against Chelsea in the FA Cup final with the chance of adding to his trophy cabinet.

Results matter

Now, ahead of the game, midfielder Paul Pogba has defended his boss over how the Old Trafford side play.

He has explained that while the side does want to enjoy their football at times, it counts for nothing if they don’t succeed and win something.

“It would be nice to win the Champions League and the Premier League. Very nice,” he explained to BBC Sport. 

“For a team, you want to win titles, you play to win. 

You can play the best football and it’s true, we want to play and enjoy football but if you don’t win a title – it’s good for the eyes, it’s good for the eyes – but you don’t win anything.”

(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Robbie Savage claims Mourinho to ‘face the music’ if club don’t win FA Cup

All or nothing Former Premier League star Robbie Savage has claimed that Jose Mourinho must ‘face the music’ if Manchester

All or nothing

Former Premier League star Robbie Savage has claimed that Jose Mourinho must ‘face the music’ if Manchester United don’t win the FA Cup.

The side finished second in the English top flight but well off the trail of rivals Manchester City.

That means that despite finishing second, United will have nothing to show for this season if they fail to win the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The side will come up against Chelsea who have had a poor season as well and much rests on who will come out the victors.

(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Not good enough

Now, Robbie Savage has explained that second and no trophy is not good enough for a club like Manchester United.

As a result, Jose Mourinho will have to ‘face the music’ should they come out on the losing side.

“Jose Mourinho will have to face the music if Manchester United come unstuck in the FA Cup Final – and it won’t be sweet symphonies,” he explained in his Mirror column. 

“Runners-up in the Premier League might be good enough for Arsenal or Tottenham, but for a club of United’s stature, second is nowhere.

“Dull football will never win plaudits at a club steeped in traditions of enterprise and flair.

“And if United finish the season without a trophy, finishing a distant second to the noisy neighbours in the title race will constitute failure.

“By nightfall, Mourinho or Antonio Conte will face an uncomfortable inquest if they have nothing to show for a campaign which began with Chelsea as champions of England and United’s optimism enhanced by huge spending.”

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Jose Mourinho has a key bargaining chip to sign Leonardo Bonucci for Man United

Leonardo Bonucci to Man United rumours continue On Wednesday, Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport revealed that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was

Leonardo Bonucci to Man United rumours continue

On Wednesday, Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport revealed that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was very keen on signing Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan.

Whilst the Manchester United defence was strong last season, Bonucci would improve any side in the world and also bring leadership and a commanding presence to the back line.

If Tuttosport are to be believed, Mourinho has been on a charm offensive to sign Bonucci from the Rossoneri, speaking with the player in recent days.

Having failed to make Serie A’s top four, it seems likely that AC Milan will sell Bonucci to boost their summer transfer plans and get a major wage earner off the books.

Jose Mourinho Manchester United

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Mourinho has a bargaining chip for AC Milan

On Thursday, there is an update in Tuttosport regarding Jose Mourinho’s moves to sign Leonardo Bonucci.

Mourinho remains keen on signing the Italian international, as a leader and great personality in the centre of defence.

AC Milan meanwhile, would have to show real ambition in the summer transfer window and are linked with Lyon’s Memphis Depay and PSG’s Edinson Cavani.

The intriguing angle on Depay is that Manchester United have a buy-back option on the former PSV winger.

Memphis Depay enjoyed an excellent season with Lyon, scoring 16 goals in 35 appearances.

Bonucci to Manchester United, Depay to AC Milan??

Could Manchester United’s best option be to buy back Depay from Lyon and then produce a cash-plus-player deal involving Bonucci and the Dutch winger?

A snippet from the article on Bonucci to Manchester United is on the Tweet below.

On the front page of Tuttosport, we can also see AC Milan’s interest in Depay and Cavani – which in truth looks rather ambitious!

Tuttosport: AC Milan target Depay & Cavani

Tuttosport: AC Milan target Depay & Cavani

Tuttosport: AC Milan target Depay & Cavani

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Jose Mourinho on a charm offensive to sign Leonardo Bonucci for Man United [Tuttosport]

Manchester United keen on Leonardo Bonucci Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport (via Tutto Mercato Web) have produced a very intriguing transfer rumour on

Manchester United keen on Leonardo Bonucci

Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport (via Tutto Mercato Web) have produced a very intriguing transfer rumour on Wednesday.

They claim Jose Mourinho is on a charm offensive to sign AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci.

At 31, Bonucci remains one of the best central defenders in world football and would undoubtedly improve Manchester United.

Bonucci stunned world football by leaving Juventus for AC Milan last summer, in a move reportedly made due to family issues.

That transfer has not worked out this season, with Juventus claiming the Italian domestic double and AC Milan finishing outside the Serie A top four.

Jose Mourinho Manchester United

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Jose Mourinho, manager of Manchester United looks on before the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho moves for Bonucci

According to Tuttosport, Bonucci is Jose Mourinho’s first choice to sign this summer.

And, AC Milan would be willing to sell as they could generate plenty of cash and also get a high earner off their wage bill.

Tuttosport report that Mourinho has been in touch with Bonucci to question whether he would join Manchester United this summer and if AC Milan will sell.

Can Tuttosport be trusted?

Any deal would cost Manchester United around 40 million euros.

Manchester United, according to the Italian press, tried to sign Bonucci two years ago but were knocked back by the then-Juventus defender.

As many have pointed out, Tuttosport are not a great source of transfer news, unless it concerns Juventus players, and in this case Bonucci plays for AC Milan.

Do Manchester United need a new central defender?

Manchester United have been linked with plenty of central defenders this summer. Toby Alderweireld is expected to be on their radar in the coming weeks.

But, Manchester United boasted a very strong defence this past season.

On Saturday, in the FA Cup final, Manchester United are expected to start with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the centre of their backline.

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Rui Faria set to land managerial role at Champions League club

Former Manchester United assistant manager and Jose Mourinho’s long-serving right-hand man Rui Faria is set to appointed manager of Champions League

Former Manchester United assistant manager and Jose Mourinho’s long-serving right-hand man Rui Faria is set to appointed manager of Champions League club S.L. Benfica, according to Telegraph Sport.

Current manager Rui Vitoria is facing extreme pressure with the Eagles after missing out on the Primera Liga to FC Porto this season.

Manchester United announced last week that 42-year-old would be leaving the club at the end of the season last week dealing Mourinho a huge blow.

Benfica target Faria

Lukaku Manchester United

LISBON, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 18: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United and Mile Svilar of Benfica embrace after the UEFA Champions League group A match between SL Benfica and Manchester United at Estadio da Luz on October 18, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The Portuguese coach looks set to take charge of Benfica who he faced with United this season in the Champions League.

Benfica have endured a tough season having struggled in both the league and in Europe, having lost out to Porto in the race for the Portuguese title and failing to secure even a point in the group stage of the Champions League.

Vitoria is now facing the sack, with Faria being lined-up as his replacement.

17-years and over

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 10: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on May 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Faria spent 17-years working alongside Mourinho, first at Uniao Leiria as a fitness coach, before becoming his assistant at FC Porto, two spells at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Man United.

Together the pair won 26 trophies, including eight league titles and two Champions Leagues.

Faria’s statement read:

After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.

“I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.

“My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream.

“I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.”

 

 

 

 

Jose Mourinho denies Anthony Martial rumour after Man United win over Watford

Manchester United 1 – Watford 0 Manchester United’s final Premier League game of the season ended with a 1-0 win

Manchester United 1 – Watford 0

Manchester United’s final Premier League game of the season ended with a 1-0 win over Watford.

The Red Devils won the match thanks to a Marcus Rashford goal ten minutes before the break.

It was a fitting way for Manchester United to end their season, with Michael Carrick playing a lofted ball over the Watford defence for Juan Mata to squad to Rashford.

It was Michael Carrick’s last game at Manchester United and the former West Ham and Spurs midfielder received a rapturous reception from the Old Trafford crowd.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Michael Carrick of Manchester United is embraced by Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United after he is subsituted during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Watford at Old Trafford on May 13, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Anthony Martial rumour emerges during Manchester United vs Watford

One player who could well be leaving Manchester United this summer is Anthony Martial.

The French attacker has failed to nail down a place in the Manchester United starting XI under Jose Mourinho and looks likely to have many suitors, including Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

With Martial not in Manchester United’s match day squad for Watford, a rumour suggested that the former Monaco attacker had been left out the side and stormed out of Old Trafford.

Mourinho: Martial is injured

This was the first question put to Jose Mourinho in his press conference after Watford.

Mourinho said: “Is it your rumour? No, it’s not true. He is injured and has been receiving treatment to his knee.”

When asked if Anthony Martial would be ready for the FA Cup final, Mourinho said: “We’ll see.”

See the full video below. The part about Anthony Martial is at the start of the clip.

Jose Mourinho presser post Man United 1 – Watford 0 – video

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Mourinho Not Sure Of Martial, Lukaku For FA Cup Final; Won’t Replace Faria

Jose Mourinho has stated that Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku could be doubts for Manchester United’s FA Cup final clash

Jose Mourinho has stated that Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku could be doubts for Manchester United’s FA Cup final clash against Chelsea next weekend due to injury.

Mourinho was forced to make changes to his side that beat Watford 1-0 on the final day of this season’s Premier League at Old Trafford.

Martial was not included in United’s squad that edged Watford while Lukaku is yet to join his teammates since the injury he sustained against Arsenal.

Speaking post-match after the win against Watford,  Mourinho provided injury updates on Martial and also Lukaku amid fears both could miss the FA Cup final.

“Martial is injured,” said Mourinho.

“He was injured, he was injured Friday training session, yesterday couldn’t train.

“He had treatment in the morning at the training round and he stayed away. I don’t know.

“I know that Romelu will be back for Tuesday because he’s in the last week [of rehabilitation] and we have to see but Anthony I have no more.”

Mourinho stated Michael Carrick who played his final game for United in the win against Watford could become his assistant.

“I think it will be Michael Carrick in future, when he has his badges,” he said.

“When he has his pro licence, when he makes the bridge from player to assistant.

“I got to Michael in the last part of his career and it was enough to fall in love with the player and person.”

And following the departure of his long time assistant and friend Ruo Faria, Mourinho said he will not have any assistant next to him.

“It’s difficult because he is my friend, 17 years is a long time,” Mourinho added.

“We spend more time with each other than anybody else in our lives. It’s a new moment for me. The process of education is something I like to do. It’s an opportunity for other guys to step up.

“There will be no number two. I will reorganise my coaching staff in a way assistant manager doesn’t exist.”

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