Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Jose Mourinho’s Press Conference Offers More Optimism Than Usual

Jose Mourinho’s Press Conference Offers More Optimism Than Usual

Pogba will remain captain for the Brighton game, although Mourinho explained that Antonio Valencia will reclaim the armband when he returns to action following a calf injury.

The French midfielder scored in our 2-1 win over Leicester City and captained the side in our first game of the season.

Mourinho questioned whether Valencia had returned to preseason training in the right shape after injury cut short his tour of the USA while there has been continued speculation that the United manager's relationship with Pogba has broken down.

We want him to stay, he wants to stay, so when a player is not on the market, the value is zero, ' said Mourinho.

"That's the truth. I can not demand or ask more from him".

Scholes agreed Pogba has not performed at the level expected of him often enough - United manager Jose Mourinho dropped him for the Champions League Last 16 clash with Sevilla last season - and said the captaincy could be the answer.

Now, speaking in front of the media at a pre-match conference on Friday afternoon ahead of the upcoming trip to the south coast, Mourinho has plainly reiterated his faith in Pogba.

Mourinho takes his team to Brighton on Sunday as he looks to challenge for this season's title, but warned supporters that they may have their work cut out.

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Asked specifically about Pogba's claim regarding being fined, Mourinho said: "I don't care".

United midfielder Andreas Pereira is relying on manager Mourinho to help him become a victor.

"He's working well, he's playing well, he does it for the fans and the team, and that's what I want. We never had a harsh exchange of words, everything is respected, I have no problems at all". Mourinho denied that was the case, however, and insisted that he has handed out one fine during his two-year spell at Old Trafford, to Anthony Martial for failing to report back to training promptly following the birth of his second...

"I think they would [rather get rid of Mourinho] because as a club it makes more sense to do so".

"Antonio Valencia is my captain and that was already decided", he confirmed.

"He's come back, won the World Cup, played fantastically. They know how to play and they've kept the same team". It's exactly what I demand from my players is what he's giving me.

"They can replace Mourinho with another very good manger, there are plenty out there, and that's the unfortunate position we're in".

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