José Mourinho presided over a stormy press conference at Carrington on Friday, ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur. The United boss arrived half-an-hour early to the presser, meaning some of the media due to attend missed out. According to the Mirror, he spoke for just four minutes, with many of his answers only a sentence long. The full transcript is certainly worth a read.
He denied with a simple “no” that there were any problems between himself and Ed Woodward, before he declared that Paul Pogba, who has criticised the attitude at the club, has to “answer by his words”. He refused to answer questions about the progress of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelöf, and about how impressed he had been by Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.
However, he did offer some fresh United team news — sort of. He revealed that Nemanja Matić, Antonio Valencia, Alexis Sánchez and Diego Dalot are all training with the first team, though refused to say whether they’d be available for Monday’s match. The good news is that if they’re not ready just yet, they should be soon.