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Mourinho watches on from the sideline
Mourinho watches on from the sideline
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20 March, 2017

Jose Mourinho's men won't have it all their own way though against the now managerless Boro after Aitor Karanka left the club on Thursday.

"I don't understand why we don't receive any help from the Premier League in relation to European football", he said. Why do we have to listen to that garbage?

The guy is talking absolute nonsense.

Jose Mourinho wants at least three years at Manchester United manager, but admits he would love to stay for longer and achieve "true success".

The 2-1 aggregate win was vital for United in a week where they were eliminated from the FA Cup, losing 1-0 to Chelsea on Monday in the quarter-finals. They've had an easy ride in the cups, with a lot of home draws.

'Maybe it wasn't a sparkling performance the other night, but it was one that was pleasing and positive and we're through to the next round, ' Jones said.

Manchester United are unbeaten in eight league meetings since a 4-1 defeat on Teesside in October 2005 (W5, D3).

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However, the English Premier League (EPL) side had no reason to feel happy about their success, as midfielder Pogba was replaced by Marouane Fellaini due to an apparent hamstring injury early in the second half.

"We have lots of enemies", Mourinho said.

Man United's next match is away at managerless Middlesbrough on Sunday, a game which Mourinho has claimed that his side will "probably lose".

United defender Marcos Rojo even ate a banana on the field toward the end of the game to try to boost his energy levels - indicative, Mourinho said, of a player "at their limit".

After being eased into life in Ligue 1, the 23-year-old has since hit cruising altitude, and his stunning long-range strike against Toulouse FC last weekend was the high point of his nine top-flight appearances to date.

"Leaving Manchester United? That was not complicated". But he accepts the Europa League is still their best bet of earning a place in Europe's top club competition next season. I would take us playing badly now and winning games.

"I get the idea that the Premier League just expects everyone to be grateful for all the money it makes". Anderlecht shouldn't be pushovers, but if United can't get the job done over two legs against a side of this calibre, they have no right to feature in the Champions League regardless. Paul Pogba is out, while Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Daley Blind are also doubts for Sunday's game.


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