FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM JOSE MOURINHO’S EXCLUSIVE MUTV INTERVIEW
Jose Mourinho shared some of his immediate plans at Manchester United when he provided an exclusive one-to-one interview to MUTV after his maiden press conference.
We pinpointed the following five things that we learned from Mourinho’s conversation with MUTV reporter Stewart Gardner, which was first shown on the club’s official television channel on Tuesday evening:
TRAINING STARTS ON THURSDAY
When asked how hungry he is to get started, the new manager replied: “I’m desperate! I want to train on the pitch and, in spite of many players not being here to start pre-season, I have a group that is waiting for me on Thursday and they will feel my passion!”
A DIFFERENT STYLE WILL BE PLAYED
Mourinho explained he will bring his own style of football to the club. “Yes, we want to play differently than last season. Mr [Louis] van Gaal is an absolute top manager and his philosophy is very clear. My philosophy is different. It’s not better, it’s different. My football is different. I am more vertical, I am more intense and I like the ball possession as a way to create a chance to be vertical. I don’t like ball possession as a way to just keep statistically possession of the ball and be afraid to play a game with transitions. Transitions always come during a game. I’m not afraid to lose the ball, I’m not afraid of risk.”
WHY WE SIGNED BAILLY
The manager feels Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly possesses a rare blend of qualities. “It’s not so easy to find a big guy who is really fast. But he is a player that we believe has all the attributes. He is very strong physically and [is also] very fast.”
ENGLAND TRIO WON’T PLAY ON TOUR
Although United’s England Euro 2016 contingent of Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney are set to travel with the squad to China later this month, they will not feature in the games against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City. “I’ll take them but I’m not going to play them,” revealed Mourinho.
TWO YOUNGSTERS PROMOTED INTO SQUAD FOR WIGAN
Tyrell Warren and Axel Tuanzebe are likely to be involved in the pre-season friendly at the DW Stadium after the two young defenders were name-checked by the boss during the interview. He told MUTV: “I don’t know them well but I just trust Nicky Butt, [head of football development] John Murtough and the [youth] structure’s judgement, when they say we have a few players who, in a couple of years, can be first-team players