Man Utd boss Mourinho: Mendes and Wolves...?
- Author: Angelo Rivera Sep 22, 2018,
Sep 22, 2018, 2:20
Jose Mourinho expects this to be a "very hard season" despite Manchester United becoming a better, more attractive side. "You have to adapt, you have to respect, you have to be humble and recognise you are in the face of a strong team, but you can not be changed or fear".
Mourinho will be without suspended Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic against Wolves, who have lost just one of their first five matches to sit ninth in the table.
The Red Devils crammed a lot into the start of the 2018-19 campaign, with an opening-day victory against Leicester overshadowed by back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Tottenham. It's going to be hard.
Despite being widely tipped to fail to do so, United have justified odds-on favouritism in each of their last three matches but they look short enough against a team as well-organised as Wolves.
"Bad results and bad performances, they make you look more exhausted, more upset, more ugly, more everything".
Wolves will be looking to extend their run of three consecutive games across all competitions at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba was the best player on the pitch in Manchester United's 3-0 win over Young Boys on Wednesday night. Asked whether this was down to the Lindelöf-Smalling partnership, Mourinho said: "No, I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before".
The 27-year-old Mexican global netted the victor - and his second goal of the season - against Burnley last weekend, marking back-to-back victories for Wolves in the Premier League.
"We know that we have the bigger teams coming up and we're going to have to get the result we want, because we are playing in the Champions League and it's for top teams only".
But Dalot, who made his Manchester United debut in the Champions League win in Switzerland, will be back in the stands but will play in the Carabao Cup against Deby.
"No injuries from the match", said Mourinho. Football is a little bit like this.
"He suited the team and I'm very happy to see him play like that".
"There's a player in there, but I don't think he's getting the most out of himself".
Do you think this can be the season Pogba proves his worth?
"It's more about the moment and the momentum is very important in the positive and negative way".