Mourinho's press conference 17.8.18
17/08/18 Reverse order Timestamp format
Will you have any more players available for the trip to Brighton and what sort of game are you expecting after the difficulties there last season?
JM: I think Lingard. Matic and Valencia have been training with the team since yesterday. They are fully fit but not ready to play or be selected. That's it. Some of the boys are in a better condition. Before Leicester, some of them had only trained for three days. After this good, long, working week they are in better condition.
Looking to the match, the best way to look at it is to remember that three months ago we lost there. We lost 1-0. Great coach, good players, beautiful stadium, but difficult to play against. They knew how to play. I think their style is the same. I think that after losing the first match, obviously they are looking for a reaction, to improve. So it's a difficult match for us but we are confident. The training was really, really good all week, so we go there to win.
You know the questions that we are going to ask you. What's the truth about your relationship with Paul Pogba?
JM: The truth is we are together for two years and a couple of weeks and I've never been so happy with him as I am now. That's the truth. I cannot demand or ask more from him. He came here on Monday, he trained three days. I asked for his support and contribution in an important match when the team had difficulties. And he did it. He did it better and for more time than we could expect. When he says he did it for the fans and for the team, it's exactly what I want. It's exactly what I demand from my players is what he's giving me. He's working well, he's playing well, he does it for the fans and the team, and that's what I want. I repeat, I couldn't be happier.
Does that mean he will remain as captain?
JM: For the next game? Yes.
What about his comments after the last game then? Is that confusing for you?
JM: I don't care. I don't care. I repeat, I want him to play well. I want him to play for the team. I want him to play for the fans, and that is what he did. He's working extremely well here. In his defence, write what you want about him, about me, but please don't say lies. Please don't put him in a situation when people can think he's not a polite, educated guy, which he is. He is very polite, he's very educated. He's never had a fight with me. There has never been a hard exchange of words. It's always respectful. I have no problems at all.
When he says there are things he can't say, otherwise he'll be fined...
JM: You'll have to ask him. I'm here for two years and a couple of months. The only player that was fined is Anthony Martial. So it's not easy to be fined here. So, you have to ask him. I didn't ask him, I'm not going to ask him. I repeat, I want him to work the way he is doing and play the way he is doing. That's the only thing that matters.
Given what he's said, are you confident he can produce another performance like that against Brighton?
JM: I am very confident. But if he doesn't, that's football. If his objective is to, like he said, to play for the team and for the fans. If that's his objective, he has the right to have a bad match. Everybody has a bad day, has little ups and downs in performance levels. Going back to one of the questions. Is he the captain? No, it's Antonio Valencia. But Valencia didn't play. So he was my choice to be my captain, which was a process we started last season. I think it was the game against Basel, the season before, we thought young guy but good personality, made in the academy, normally a starting player. He has the conditions to be the captain in the future and with no Antonio in the team, he will be the captain again. But one day when Antonio comes back he will be the captain.
With the transfer deadline, Matteo Darmian has made his feelings clear. You've said your willing to let him go. Will he go or will he be involved tomorrow?
JM: I don't think he will go. He cannot have any bad feeling towards us because we opened the door in case his desire was to go. But it looks like it's not going to end in a transfer. For me, it's good news that Matteo is staying. He is always an option for us. He's a reliable player. We know what his performance level is. He always does a job for the team at right back, left back, starting team, on the bench. He's a fantastic professional. He's a guy that is loved in the group. In the end it is good news if he is not leaving.
There's a history of centre-halves like Vidic and Otamendi coming to this country and finding the first season very difficult, so people write them off. But once they've been here a year they improve. Lindelof had a good World Cup. Do you see it in training and in his personality, do you expect a big season from him? Do him and Bailly have the attributes to be a good partnership?
JM: We have five central defenders and all of them are different. All them have different qualities. We have to try, match after match, to read the situation and find which is the best combination, which is adapted to the opponents and adapted to the football that we try to play. Of course, Victor is the youngest one, so out of the five he is the one that has more space to improve. I am punishing him a little bet when playing him on the left side because he is better on the right side, but so are the others. My option is to put him on the left is because technically he is the best one, so he's the one who can compensate it's not his real position. He's an intelligent guy, very simple, very humble, wants to learn, wants to work. I expect this season to better than last season. I expect him to feel more comfortable in the Premier League because, if you remember, he had good matches in the Champions League. He had good matches in Lisbon and in Moscow. So, it looks like the he feels more ready for continental football. But he is a young guy with the conditions to improve. I believe in Victor.
In the last couple of seasons, the goalkeeping transfer record has been broken. Ederson to Manchester City, and now Chelsea with their £70 million on a very young goalkeeper. What does that make David de Gea worth in the current market?
In what way?
JM: He's a Manchester United player. As soon as possible he will sign a new contract here. He likes it here. We love him, we want him to stay, he wants to stay. So when a player is not on the market, the value is zero.
In a general sense, if somebody is paying £70 million for a young player with zero Premier League experience...
JM: A goalkeeper is a player and sometimes people forget that. People forget that a goalkeeper gives points and gives titles. A goalkeeper is as important as any other player. The whole story of 'I pay that for a striker, I don't pay that for a keeper' is old fashioned.
Is it testimony to the club that they've managed to keep hold of De Gea? So many times when Real Madrid do press for a player, they get him, but it doesn't look like they're going to get David.
JM: I think it was a collective situation involving the player, the agent and Manchester United. The agent didn't create a war to try to achieve his objectives. He respected the club and the player. The player was always keen to stay and happy to stay. And the club understood how important he was and was always trying to give him the conditions to make him happy, so credit to all three.
Would you swap him for anyone?
JM: No. That's the best question with the easiest answer. No.
Why do you think goalkeepers have shot up in value this summer? You've just said it's old fashioned to regard strikers as the guys who get the most money, but it's only this summer have gone for enormous amount.
JM: The Neymar happened last season and Paul's record happened two seasons ago. Every season something is happening that is new and then becomes the benchmark. It doesn't let the world come back. This was the season where it happened for goalkeepers.
After a slightly disappointing summer for David, has he returned with extra determination?
JM: That's a good question and is something you don't understand. David played four matches in the World Cup and made one mistake. With that mistake, his team didn't lose. It was a mistake against Portugal with one of Cristiano's goals. It's a technical mistake but Spain equalised and drew that game, won the next two games, and finished first in the group, and then plays the fourth game. In the fourth game they lost on penalties against Russia. For four matches, 360 minutes, De Gea made one mistake and they were not even punished for that mistake. All the other guys, who played for Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, they were protected, but the the poor guy that plays for Manchester United was the one that the press destroyed. You know that you have this power. But David knew perfectly that he was not responsible for Spain being knocked out so he came back normal. In the States he started working normal and we love David.
Does De Bruyne's injury give you an advantage?
JM: I was expecting a question about Manchester City but not about Kevin De Bruyne. I was expecting a different kind of question.
Does one player make a big difference in the title race between Liverpool, United, City?
JM: So you don't want to speak about the movie?
Have you seen it?
JM: I haven't seen it but I know a few things.
What's your reaction?
JM: My reaction if you are a rich club you can buy top players but you cannot buy class. That's my first reaction. The second reaction is because I am in the movie, I could ask for some royalties, but if they sent me one of the shirts in the tunnel they had when we played there, that said 'we did it on derby day', if they sent me one of those I'd give up on the royalties.
Did the the De Bruyne thing, the footage on that, irritate you?
JM: No, I think they have a fantastic squad, De Bruyne is a fantastic player, but for him to be out for a few weeks is not a drama for them. They won the Community Shield without Kevin, they won at the Emirates without De Bruyne. They are a fantastic team and it is not a drama for them to lose a player for a few weeks.
You were featured in the documentary talking about...
JM: A movie without me doesn't sell much. I needed to be there.