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Friday, 24 November 2017

Mourinho speaks on Manchester United style of play, title race




Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has defended his team’s style of play.

The Portuguese also insisted he is not paying too much attention to the gap between United and Premier League leaders, Manchester City.

Manchester City are leading rivals United by eight points, with Pep Guardiola’s men also receiving plaudits for a free-flowing football that has seen them net 40 goals in 12 league games this term.

Mourinho disagreed with the suggestion that any side plays with more ambition than his own as United prepare for the visit of Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

He told pre-match conference ahead of the game against Brighton on Saturday, “[To have] more ambition than we have at home is quite difficult. I don’t know who is more ambitious than us.

Mourinho speaks on Manchester United style of play, title race

“We played against Newcastle with [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, [Anthony] Martial, [Juan] Mata, [Romelu] Lukaku; the full-backs are not full-backs, [Antonio] Valencia and [Ashley] Young are wingers not full-backs.

“So I don’t know what you want.

“I don’t know who is more ambitious than us. We played against Newcastle with Pogba, Rashford, Martial, Mata, Lukaku.

He added, “We cannot think about the gap. We cannot think about the gap to City, to the fifth position. We just have to focus on ourselves and in matches.

“It’s probably the first time this season with three Premier League matches in one week, with a couple of days in between matches, but I think every team is prepared for that, even when I look to teams with other ambitions I see fantastic squads so I think the teams are going to cope with the week.

“Obviously, for us, Brighton, Watford, Arsenal is a very important week. But let’s focus on Brighton, ninth in the table, good team, difficult to beat, don’t concede many goals, have a mix of physicality, aggression, quality, creativity. I think Chris Houghton is doing a great job.

“We must focus on this one. I know we have a good record at home and are strong at home, but the opponent is going to be difficult for us.”



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