Sevilla and Brighton ties more important than Liverpool win — José Mourinho

Jueves, 15 Mar, 2018

A 'Mourinho masterclass' is a term has been incorrectly used in relation to Jose Mourinho setting-up United for a goalless draw in away games, often followed by praise for his 'pragmatism'. He was given a man-marking duty against Chelsea dangerman Eden Hazard last month and starred for United on Saturday as it beat Liverpool 2-1. "It says nothing. In modern football you have to live day by day, week by week and match by match".

And on the injury front, Mourinho confirmed Anthony Martial is fit and available to play against Sevilla but was undecided on Paul Pogba.

"Yeah especially the first goal was fantastic with his quality", he told MUTV.

"It's just determination, working hard and keeping my feet on the ground in training and keep on proving people wrong", he said.

A player who took some time for United fans to warm to, his development mirrors that of Valencia in many regards. "But when a team arrives in the last eight, anything can happen".

Fellow academy graduate Lingard, who had to bide his time at Old Trafford before making an impact, backed his friend to succeed.

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"Unfortunately, we couldn't break them down".

"I'm upset with the reaction they had with Scott McTominay". He's an athlete, but they need someone with craft.

Rashford's two goals within the opening 25minutes saw United on their way to victory
Rashford's two goals within the opening 25minutes saw United on their way to victory

"It is normal [to be worried] - they are top-level players and they have technique, physical prowess and strength".

Marcus Rashford bagged a first-half brace to secure all three points, with the returning Eric Bailly scoring in his own net.

You would have forgiven Ashley Young for being anxious up against Mohamed Salah.

The Red Devils' tradition of trusting their youngsters has been ever present and the former Chelsea manager should be praised for his willingness to continue the tradition. His efforts for the side and long service also earned him the role of club captain following Wayne Rooney's transfer to Everton in the summer. Sorted himself out after that but the damage was already done. That means the Champions League and FA Cup are the only competitions United can realistically win. Touch was generally terrible and it was no surprise when Klopp replaced him.

'My first goal gave me the confidence to do more.

Two players that had demonstrated their ability as wingers with struggling Premier League sides, at 32-years-old, both men have offered United a stability that has so often been found lacking.

Papastathopoulos has been scouted by United and would apparently cost around £20m, while Alderweireld would be a considerably more expensive option, though he's obviously proven in the Premier League.

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