Mourinho-managed teams, too, are hard to beat when they are ahead – a fact highlighted by a prolific Liverpool side’s struggles to break down United after the Portuguese set his side up defensively in the second period following Marcus Rashford’s two-goal salvo in the first 24 minutes. One shows Ronald Koeman, then the Barcelona centre back, trying to block a Lee Sharp shot during United’s Champions League draw against Johan Cruyff’s…
Delivering two major trophies last season and a return to the Champions League represented a foundation base upon which to build, and while they are not at Europe’s elite level yet there are signs that something big is building.
“That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine”.
That goal hinted at the talent of a player for whom this campaign was expected to be a breakout one.
“But wherever the manager calls upon me, I will go out there and give 100 percent and look to play well, which I think I’ve done this season”.
This is perfectly balanced.
“They scored goals in Liverpool, drew the match in Liverpool”.
“We are not one of the best teams in the competition but when a team arrives in the last eight, anything can happen”.
“We have another chance tomorrow [Tuesday], we know that United have beaten Chelsea and Liverpool and have come back against Crystal Palace”.
“It’s a big club with big players and for players like me and Marcus it’s going to be tough to start every game but once you are on the pitch you have to make an impact and maybe next game you will be playing”.
They will need more than that if they will get the better of Mourinho’s plans.
‘And he said it was nice to see that I was doing well. They’ll sit in and pick Besiktas off at will, with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller sensing the right moments to strike.
According to Manchester Evening News, Pogba passed a late fitness test – he had received a knock in the last session of training before the Liverpool game.
This team still have issues despite the 3-0 win at the weekend but they are slowly getting a response. The emphasis will be on keeping it tight at the back while they attack in numbers when the opportunity presents itself to try and get the breakthrough.
“Things this manager wants are becoming more clear to me”.
“I’m happy with the decision, because he was not speaking against the referee”, Mourinho said.