Ahead of the Manchester derby this afternoon, Jose Mourinho claims that despite not being a Manc, that no manager wants to be on the winning side today more than him,
I don’t know. I was not born in Manchester, I was not born a Manchester United supporter but no way, no way any manager wants to win more than I want to. I think the professional side of our jobs, it’s a feeling everybody has, wanting to win.
I think every derby has some beauty, especially when you are happy to have a situation where opponents of both teams respect each other. And there are no problems in the streets. They accept that difference that we live in the same city but we support different colours. I think this is normally beautiful.
I believe the next day, in school, the kids will have funny moments. I think adults, in their jobs, in their offices, in their factories, they will also enjoy the post-match because [that’s how it is] to live together. Probably even brothers in the same house, under the same roof, they support different colours. I think it’s nice if you take it in the right and a positive way.
We will be without Paul Pogba for the game and while Mourinho acknowledges we don’t have a player who can do what he can do, we have other players who bring different strengths.
It’s just a different way to play football. Do you think I have in my team a midfield player that can make the third goal at Arsenal [which Pogba set up]? We don’t have.
They [the other midfielders] do other things and have other qualities. Fellaini can score an amazing header, Matic can shoot from outside the box and Herrera can do other good things. But a midfield player to do and create what he [Pogba] did in the third goal [against Arsenal], as an example, we don’t have. So, it’s not being pessimistic, it’s just to play a different way.