Mourinho explains 'mission impossible' at Old Trafford

by Leon Thompson October 19, 2017, 0:06
Mourinho explains 'mission impossible' at Old Trafford

"Benfica haven't won the Portugese league for the last four seasons for no reason and they haven't got to the last eight and the 16 for no reason either", he told a pre-match news conference.

"In one day, it says I am going to sign a five-year contract, £1billion per season".

Manchester United's own Andreas Pereira was said to be a serious consideration, but the Portuguese stopper stayed where he is, a decision he may reevaluate in the summer if other young goalkeepers continue coming to prominence around Europe.

If Mourinho was to leave Old Trafford, there are a host of top managers waiting in the wings to take over including three Premier League rivals.

"I think you English media have the answer".

"Within that context, I think that one point away against the strongest of the three teams with us in the group is a positive result".

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Benfica captain Luisao was sent off in added time afer a lunge at United substitute Scott McTominay to compound the home side's misery.

'How is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15-20 years in the same club?

"After that, some people tried to be clever, some people tried to be malicious and they said many different things".

"But the reality is simple: I didn't sign a new contract, but I am not thinking about leaving too".

The lack of midfield options is a particular problem and Mourinho has confirmed that Ander Herrera and former Benfica man Nemanja Matic will start at the Estadio da Luz, just days after battling for 90 minutes at Liverpool.

Zlatan Ibrahimović (knee), Paul Pogba (hamstring), Michael Carrick (calf), Marouane Fellaini (knee) and Eric Bailly (groin) all miss out.


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