Jose Mourinho has finally responded to the boos he was subjected to following Manchester United’s embarrassing defeat against Sevilla.
The Portuguese tactician’s team selection as well as tactics for the second leg encounter against Sevilla did not go down too well with the Red Devils’ fanbase, and the supporters present at Old Trafford made their feelings known by booing their manager after the full-time whistle.
And now, in the pre-match press conference ahead of United’s FA Cup clash against Brighton, Mourinho has finally had his say about the jeers he received from the club faithful, and he has done so in an extraordinary fashion.
“I am not going to run away or disappear or to cry because I heard a few boos, I’m not going to disappear from the tunnel, running immediately, the next match I will be the first to go out. I am not afraid of my responsibilities,” Mourinho stated.
“In the last seven years the worst position of Manchester City in the Premier League was fourth, in the last seven years Manchester City was champions twice and if you want to say three times, they were second twice. That’s heritage.
“Do you know what is also heritage? Is that Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, they are investments from the past, not from the last two years. Do you know how many of United players that left the club last season? See where they play, how they play, if they play.
“That’s football heritage. One day when I leave, the next United manager will find here Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, of course David De Gea from many years ago, they will find players with a different mentality, quality, background, with a different status, know-how.
“The good thing for me and the amazing feeling for me is that I am exactly on the same page as the owners, as Mr [Ed] Woodward, Mr [Richard] Arnold, we are on exactly the same page, we agree on everything, on the investments, that we have what we have, the investments that we are going to do will be season after season, we are exactly on the same page, so life is good.”
Jose further added: “I have an amazing job to do. Yesterday I met a new person we have working in the club in a different area that came from another club and I ask why did you decide to come. The person told me I did a fantastic job in another club and at this club I have a huge job and I come for the challenge.
“Well done, my decision was based on the same thing, I could be in another country with the league in the pocket, I am here and I am going to be here and no way am I going to change my mentality. I don’t know if you know the expression but there is a code that I like, ‘Every wall is a door’.
“When I was 20, I was nobody in football, I was somebody’s son, with a lot of pride, and now with 55 I am what I am I did what I did because of work and because of talent and my mentality. So they can be together, I understand that for many many, many years was really, really hard for the people who doesn’t like me, here he is again, here he wins again. For 10 months I win nothing, the last title that I won was 10 months ago.
“I beat Liverpool, Chelsea, I lose against Sevilla and now is their moment to be happy. I learn that in my religious formation, be happy with others happiness, so be it, I am a really happy guy.”