Charlie Nicholas: Jose Mourinho is playing mind-games with fellow managers

Charlie Nicholas: Jose Mourinho is playing mind-games with fellow managers

Mourinho was just as strong when it came to defending Benfica teenager Mile Svilar, saying the Champions League's youngest goalkeeper is a "phenomenon" - despite being culpable for Marcus Rashford's victor. Marcus Rashford picked up a knee injury in the 0-1 win in Portugal thus remaining doubtful for the match while Phil Jones could recover in time to line up against Huddersfield. However, David Wagner is relieved after welcoming the injured Aaron Mooy back to the team with Australian player staying on the bench in the defeat to Swansea.

"But we had stats and information about set pieces, so we needed to make him uncomfortable".

"I knew how good he was and I told the players how good he was", Mourinho said of Svilar after the game.

But with a rock-solid rearguard he also knows United will usually be in with a chance of winning those games.

"We put men around him on corners so he can not come out", Mourinho said.




To be sure, Svilar had also done well to deny Matic and Anthony Martial, as United produced nearly a carbon copy of last Saturday's safety-first display in their 0-0 EPL draw with Liverpool. He said he would discuss players with me in terms of who to bring up, who to put out on loan, but ultimately, he said I was the boss of the Academy and he was the boss of the first-team. "It didn't look for me a big thing but you never know".

United are second in the Premier League two points behind arch-rivals City and have made a good start in Europe's elite club competition, having won their opening two Group A games against CSKA Moscow and Basel.

"Manchester United are more than titles", said Bellamy.

Next up, the Red Devils will collide against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Manchester United is undefeated in the last ten Premier League games, keeping nine clean sheets in the process. "As a club, they have a certain way of playing and, as a club, they've let that go for the time being".

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