Friday, 24 November, 2017

Manchester United's players deserve more credit, feels Jose Mourinho

Nemanja Matic GETTYNemanja Matic's sale has been a major topic of discussion
Elias Hubbard | 04 November, 2017, 01:06

Frank Lampard has claimed that Jose Mourinho "doesn't care" how Manchester United perform as long as they are winning games ahead of their crunch clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

Chelsea's willingness to sell Matic, who has repeatedly impressed at his new club, drew widespread criticism - and Mourinho himself has admitted he was surprised to be offered the opportunity to sign the 29-year-old.

"I was surprised. But he's an agent that I know well and normally he's very direct, very objective".

Mourinho's capture of Matic is looking shrewder every week, prompting former United defender Phil Neville to say after Chelsea's 3-0 Champions League drubbing at AS Roma this week that selling the Serb was the main reason why Chelsea are struggling defensively. I'm sure he is the future of Manchester United and I enjoy playing with him because he also works really hard and is very confident. The Serbian will now travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and will be one of the three former blues to play against Chelsea on the evening, with Mourinho and Mata being the other two.

His absence from Chelsea's midfield will be highlighted further should N'Golo Kante fail to recover from a hamstring injury.

"I promise you I go to Stamford Bridge the way I go to the Emirates, the way I go to any big match".

I think Scott is going to be a great player and already is a great player. It's a big match because of the opponents, not because it's a team where I was the manager.

"But then it becomes something normal".

Manchester United took another big step towards qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night when they sealed a 2-0 win over Benfica at Old Trafford. I walk down the street and outside the football heat, outside the football environment, especially in the area where I live, I get so many Chelsea supporters and I didn't have a single one that isn't nice.

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