Mourinho's press conference - 22/12/17
22/12/17 Reverse order Timestamp format
Journo: Good afternoon. Happy Christmas.
Jose Mourinho: Thank you. Same for you. Same for everyone. Same for everyone at home. It doesn't matter the colour, it doesn't matter the shirt, merry Christmas.
Journo: Is it a Happy Christmas for Jose Mourinho as manager of Manchester United?
JM: Yes. When the game finishes against Leciester, for this little periods, I am Jose Mourinho.
Journo: You said you doubted the motivation of some of your players the other night. Have you made decisions on their future at Manchester United under you?
JM: No. I don't make decisions based on one game and one feeling of one night. Not at all.
Journo: So, was that just one of those performances that sometimes happens?
JM: You know, first of all you always like to speak about the loser, but probably you should speak about the winner. What I said after the match, they were lucky but they fought a lot to try to be lucky. This is one of the beautiful things that can happen in football, when in cup matches a team from a lower division kills a giant. It's one of the beautiful things.
Football has changed so much that the lower division is highly professional. So I think that can happen even more. I could be critical with my players but I think they did enough to win and they lost when they were trying to win. They lost when they were the only team that people believed could win that match. And they lost. It's football. So, we move on, and we move on quickly, because tomorrow we have another match.
Journo: When you look back at Leicester winning the title, was that the ultimate football fairytale? And how do you think expectations have changed at the club since winning the league?
JM: I think they were phenomenal in that season and they benefit from the fact that all the normal title contenders didn't have a good season, all at the same time. But obviously they had a phenomenal season.
I think expectations now are if the top teams perform it's very difficult for them to have the same dream or reach the same incredible title. But I think they are doing well. They are in a comfortable position. No dramas or fears. Can they fight to reach a Europa League spot? Yes, they can. And I think they are the same good they were.
Journo: What are the expectations on you? You and your team?
JM: I don't know. You say. You are the ones, not me.
Journo: In terms of Manchester United. You must have an expectation in your own mind...
JM: Expectation is to go to every match and to try to win, which is what we do. The matches we lost, we fought until the last second. The matches we lost, we lost 2-1, 2-1, 1-0, so we really managed to fight in every match to try for the best reason. We go to every match and we give our best.
Journo: How is Marouane Fellaini?
JM: He's not available.
Journo: Is he going to be available over the festive period?
JM: I don't know.
Journo: Michael Carrick? Is there timescales on either of them?
JM: No. But not for the Christmas period.
Journo: How is the squad looking as a whole ahead of the frantic schedule you've got? Valencia, and people like that?
JM: Valencia is out, as you know. Bailly is having surgery right now, or has just finished. Who else? Nobody else. Everything is OK.