Jose Mourinho faced the press on Friday ahead of Manchester United’s return to Premier League action against Watford this weekend.
And true to form, things weren’t dull as the Portugues went on the offensive at Carrington.
Mourinho, whose side have six points from their first four Premier League matches, let fly at "obsessed compulsive liars" as he defended his use of Marcus Rashford, following the striker’s two goals for England during the international break.
The United boss is irritated by the perception of his treatment of young players and went out of his way to defend himself.
He also broke down the club’s current injury situation and looked ahead to the trip to Vicarage Road.
Here’s everything he had to say….
Jose on….Luke Shaw and whether he’ll play this weekend
I don’t know [if he will play] – we still have a training session.
Contrary to some news, to some opinions, by the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free to play.
The only situation we have to analyse is if you are going to play him when, during the week, he was not training with the team or if, even, he decides to play.
Jose on….United’s other injuries
[Marouane] Fellaini is a doubt. Ander Herrera is out. He had one little problem in one medical in training during the week, so he is also a doubt.
Diogo Dalot and Rojo play tonight with under-23s and if they play 90 minutes like we expect, it will be the end of their recovery process and we will consider them ready to be back next week for full competition.
Jose on…Rashford’s England display
Of course I am happy for him. He played well, he competed well and he scored twice.
Jose on…Rashford and a media obsession
Speaking about Marcus, I think I can expect that Sunday I’m going to be highly criticised for not playing him tomorrow, because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and some of them have a problem with some compulsive lies.
So I can expect that Sunday some of them will wake up in the morning and the first thing they think of is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it’s not my fault, he’s suspended, so probably you should remind them he is suspended and cannot play.
So I’m going to do something, not for you, but the United fans, and I think I hold myself to the United fans and so for them I am going to spend two minutes with you.
Jose on…Rashford and his treatment of young players
In 2016-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield.
He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3,068, and if you wan to divide that by 90-minute matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90-minute matches in 2016-17.
In 2017-18, he played 35 Premier League matches, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.
He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes, and if you divide that by 90, it gives you 29.7 matches, so with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,774 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people speaking about these minutes, I think they are a bit confused.
Marcus is not Dominic Solanke, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he’s Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.
So Manchester United supporters, for you and just for you, to know what we are doing with Marcus, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that’s what we are doing here.
Jose on…criticism of his use of Rashford
Some of the persons, everybody knows they have double salaries, they work also for the clubs and of course they are not independent and they conduct things in the direction they want, that’s obvious.
It’s natural, not ethical, but I accept it. The ones that wake up in the morning and the first thing that comes into their mind is Jose Mourinho and Manchester United, I feel sorry for them because there are more exciting things in life
The most important thing of all is that the kid [Rashford] is a good kid, a good player, knows what Manchester United did for him, starting in the academy, then Mr Van Gaal’s support, my support, the club’s support, a new contract, new shirt, and selected for every single match.
Since I was here, he was never one day out for selection because of my decision, only if injured or suspended. He was never, ever out for selection, so he knows, and that’s the most important thing.
It’s clear [the test]. Four matches, 12 points. We know that three of these matches were at home, so in relation to the 12 points maybe we can speak about a little advantage in relation to other teams with two home and away.
But fantastic start – 12 points is great for them. Good victories at home, strong performances, congratulations to Javi and to the players and to the club overall because it was a very good start.
Jose on…Fred’s progress
Fred progress, I don’t know because I don’t see him for 15 days and the first time I’m going to see him is now.
15 days is gone so I don’t know about his progress.
Jose on…obsession with Jose and his Wembley tumble
People that call me and ask me about my fall at Wembley because they need news from me.
It was a good dive – I protect my phones. No penalty. maybe a yellow card!
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