SOME OF JOSÉ MOUR­INHO’S RE­CENT QUOTES:

CityPress - - Sport - – AFP

● “[Can we] win the ti­tle? Of course not. But we can still fin­ish fourth. It’s not easy, but for sure we are go­ing to fin­ish in the top six,” af­ter a 3-1 loss to Liver­pool that turned out to be his last game in the dugout.

● “Dur­ing a sea­son, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller. You can lose your fo­cus, you can lose your con­cen­tra­tion, then comes a big match again.”

● “In the World Cup, the di­rec­tion of the emo­tion, of the re­spon­si­bil­ity, of the big de­ci­sions is al­ways grow­ing up. So I think it was the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for [Paul Pogba].”

● “I gave a list to my club of five names a few months ago and I wait to see if it’s pos­si­ble to have one of these play­ers.

“If it’s pos­si­ble, it’s pos­si­ble. If it’s not, it’s not. If it’s pos­si­ble, it’s good. If not then we keep fight­ing and work­ing and be­liev­ing in the play­ers that we have.”

● “Did you read any philoso­pher? You spent time read­ing [Ger­man philoso­pher Ge­org] Hegel. Just as an ex­am­ple, Hegel says: ‘The truth is in the whole.’ [It is] al­ways in the whole.”

● “You have no chance in the mar­ket un­less you go to crazy num­bers, or in­stead you go to what you call the se­cond-level play­ers and still have crazy num­bers, but that se­cond level is the level peo­ple say – and I agree – is not what Manch­ester United is.”

● “The tar­get changed, but let’s try to close the dis­tance as best as we can and be very close to these po­si­tions. We need some play­ers to per­form bet­ter than they are. We need to per­form bet­ter as a team, but it would be far from a mir­a­cle.”

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