Manchester United's Mourinho praises Vincenzo Montella

by Leon Thompson February 21, 2018, 3:29
Manchester United's Mourinho praises Vincenzo Montella

Even for a player so used to being in the spotlight, the France worldwide may have squirmed at recent scrutiny about his form and happiness at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said there was no extra pressure on record signing Paul Pogba to end a run of poor form with an impressive performance in his side's Champions League last-16 first leg away to Sevilla on Wednesday.

France star Pogba was struck down by a mystery illness ahead of the Red Devils' FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town last weekend. We should be in this competition and fighting in the later stages most years.

"I opened training today and in a period where we normally don't open - we normally do warming-up and the simple drills", Mourinho told reporters.

"I don't think it's fair to speak about the responsibilities of a player", Mourinho said.

"When a player is in that situation it's because the players are normally ready and without problems".

"You could see in that training some people who didn't play v Huddersfield like Pogba, [Antonio] Valencia, [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera". "I don't like the fact that the player cost X million doesn't have the same responsibility as a player who cost three times X".

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"Sevilla's anthem? I always listen to it to further understand the spirit [of the club] and to get better with my Spanish".

Keane's jibe appears fairly hollow when you look at the stats and his criticism of Young - who has adapted to his new role better than many could have hoped - in particular appears pretty harsh.

The returning outfield quartet travelled with the squad to Andalusia, as did goalkeeper David De Gea after being rested at Huddersfield.

Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones are expected to miss Wednesday's fixture through injury.

Matic believes Vincenzo Montella's side will prove to be a hard test despite his team going into the last 16 tie as favourites.

"It's what we should expect of ourselves - to be at this stage of the Champions League", Carrick said about the upcoming clash.

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