Most clubs would be delighted to be sitting second in the Premier League, into the FA Cup quarterfinals and on the verge of a return to the last eight of the Champions League . However, Jose Mourinho is learning of the exacting demands of being Manchester United manager with incessant questions over not just results, but the manner in which they are obtained.“If people don’t think we deserved it, I don’t care,” Mourinho said after United defeated rivals Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday despite enjoying just 32 percent possession.The problem for Mourinho is not just United’s tradition for winning while playing on the front foot under great European Cup-winning managers Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson, but that United are no longer even the best team in Manchester.Chelsea fans serenaded their former boss with chants of “just like London, your city is blue” on their visit to Old Trafford last month.However, with City seemingly just a few weeks away from sealing the title and having already booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinals, the pressure is on United to join them in Friday’s draw when they host Sevilla.The last-16 tie is delicately balanced at 0-0 after Mourinho resorted to type by concentrating on obtaining a clean sheet at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan three weeks ago. “The fans they can do what they want. I’m not upset at all with that reaction,” insisted Mourinho before launching a defence of Scott McTominay, selected ahead of Pogba for the first leg against Sevilla.McTominay’s decision to pass the ball backwards rather than launching a counter-attack midway through the second half against Liverpool was met with derision. “That a kid with 21 years old, making all the right decisions, and they want him to make the wrong decisions,” added Mourinho.That Mourinho saw playing forward as the wrong decision is a microcosm of why so many are quick to criticise.
Source: Economic Times March 13, 2018 02:42 UTC