Mour­inho feel­ing ‘spe­cial’ – but not in a good way

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER - PAUL WIL­SON

Southamp­ton v Manch­ester Utd St Mary’s Sta­dium, to­day, 5.30pm Live on BT Sport 1 The good news for Manch­ester United sup­port­ers wor­ried about the club’s abil­ity to crack the top four is that at least José Mour­inho has been made to feel spe­cial again.

The bad news is that the man­ager was be­ing sar­cas­tic, re­fer­ring to his per­se­cu­tion com­plex over be­ing treated dif­fer­ently by the me­dia than ri­vals and coun­ter­parts.

“In Manch­ester United, ev­ery time a player is not play­ing there is al­ways a ru­mour, al­ways a prob­lem,” Mour­inho said. “The player must have mis­be­haved, or the man­ager has had a fight with him.

“It only hap­pens here, you make me feel very spe­cial be­cause I am clearly dif­fer­ent from ev­ery­one else. At Chelsea when Wil­lian doesn’t play there is no prob­lem with him and Sarri. It is never a prob­lem when Gabriel Je­sus doesn’t get a game at City, it is just a nor­mal Pep de­ci­sion.

“When Fabinho and Naby Keïta don’t play for Liver­pool they still love Jür­gen and Jür­gen loves them. Here when Paul [Pogba] is on the bench it is a dis­ci­plinary is­sue.

“When Alexis is not play­ing he has had a fight with the man­ager. At this club play­ers can­not have nor­mal ups and downs, and the man­ager can­not coach or speak about his play­ers.”

Mour­inho noted the crit­i­cism he re­ceived for his ex­pres­sion of dis­ap­point­ment when Mar­cus Rash­ford missed an early op­por­tu­nity against Young Boys.

“I was not happy a player missed a chance, that is all. The next day a friend sent me a clip of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo miss­ing a chance for United and Sir Alex Fer­gu­son shout­ing at him in his beau­ti­ful Scot­tish. That mo­ment killed Ron­aldo’s ca­reer, you know. He was never the same player after that.”

Mour­inho con­firmed Alexis Sánchez is likely to be out un­til Jan­uary with the ham­string in­jury he suf­fered in train­ing and sug­gested United will not be spend­ing much money in the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow.

“The trans­fer mar­ket is very dif­fi­cult un­less you want to go to crazy num­bers or look at the se­cond level of play­ers. The trou­ble with that is peo­ple then say they are not re­ally Manch­ester United play­ers and I agree.

“A few years ago this club went to Tot­ten­ham and bought Michael Car­rick. Then it did the same with Dim­i­tar Ber­ba­tov. You think that might have come about be­cause in terms of his­tory, achieve­ment and fi­nance, United are a big­ger club than Spurs. Are they still? Yes.

“Can I go to Tot­ten­ham and buy their best play­ers? No. They will not sell me Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Chris­tian Erik­sen or Son He­ung-min. In the past the smaller clubs would prac­ti­cally beg big clubs to buy their best play­ers. Now they are pow­er­ful enough to hang on to them.”

– Guardian

Alexis Sanchez: ruled out un­til Jan­uary with a ham­string in­jury

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