The heat is on Manchester United at the moment, and Jose Mourinho is feeling it – big time.
The Portuguese manager is under fire as his relationships with Paul Pogba, captain Antonio Valencia and other leading figures have reportedly deteriorated rapidly over the past few weeks, and the results have not been forthcoming on the pitch.
After beating Burnley, Watford and Young Boys in the Champions League, the Red Devils have drawn with Wolves, lost on penalties in the League Cup to Derby County, went down 3-1 to West Ham and drew 0-0 with Valencia.
Now Newcastle loom at Old Trafford on Saturday night (6.30pm SA time kickoff), and Mourinho was not in the mood to explain himself on Friday at his pre-match press conference, which lasted three minutes and 32 seconds, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The newspaper reported that Mourinho’s first answer to a question by a journalist, who asked “Why are things not working as you would like them to work here at Manchester United?”, was “For many different reasons”.
When asked if he could expand on what those reasons were, Mourinho deadpanned: “No.”
The 55-year-old did agree that going through another match without a victory, making it five in a row, would not be acceptable, replying to a reporter’s question by saying “Yes, I accept”.
Mourinho added that it was very important to beat Newcastle, stating that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is a “very, very, very good coach… a team that is always very well organised against especially the teams of the first part of the table, where their manager is very bright on his analysis of the opponent’s qualities and to try to stop them”.
The boss is intent on bringing "the happiness of a win" back to Old Trafford on Saturday. #MUFC