Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte on the eve of their massive Premier League clash, by claiming once again that wile other managers like to cry about their injuries, he doesn’t.
“I think it’s my fault because I should cry every week about our injuries and remind everyone day after day, press conference after press conference, of our injury situation,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference in Manchester.
United, second in the Premier League table, take on defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a massive tie on Sunday and Mourinho felt that his considerable injury list didn’t warrant any extra focus.
“Any other manager would be talking about Paul Pogba every day – but I don’t, only when you ask me about his situation,” Mourinho expressed as he added, “But also, it’s not just Pogba, it’s (Marouane] Fellaini, it’s (Michael) Carrick, it’s (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, it’s Marcos Rojo – it’s a big group of players (that we are missing).
Conte and Mourinho have been involved in a war of words earlier this season as well, with the Italian manager telling the United boss to focus on his own team after the Portuguese had stated that some managers complain about injuries too much.
In Conte’s first season in charge of the Blues, Chelsea romped to the Premier League title and their 4-0 drubbing of the Red Devils was one of many highlights of a glittering campaign last season.
And Mourinho will be looking to correct United’s poor record at Stamford Bridge when his side pay a visit to his former employers on Sunday.
Neither side will be looking to settle for a point, for Manchester City have already opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and a draw will see them fall further behind the barnstorming Citizens.