Mourinho: Rivals are scared of title talk, says coach
Aug 13 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Mourinho concedes that other managers may have different agendas but believes where United are concerned there can be no hiding place.
The former Sweden captain's words come after he scored the victor in Manchester United's 2-1 Community Shield victory over Premier League champions Leicester City last Sunday, and the 34-year-old has insisted that the younger members of Jose Mourinho's squad, will also benefit because of his arrival.
"The best thing is we [the managers] don't play!", he joked. I played Real Madrid-Manchester United in Madrid and they crossed the midfield line twice ... That's what I'm looking for from our team.
"Turning down a challenge does not exist in my world. But at Manchester United Football Club you can not say differently, we have to fight for the title".
"He's got this so-called "parking the bus" philosophy".
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"We have to respect our opponent but once we go into the match, they are any other player and you treat them as such". This time, though, it was Mourinho who was accusing rivals of fear.
Pogba's return to United amounts to Jose Mourinho's fourth signing of the summer after the new manager brought in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan earlier this summer.
"First of all, I didn't buy them".
"He fits in my plans, that's why he's on loan and that why he's on loan at a Premier League club", said Mourinho.
"We like to play football, we like to come and get the ball and build up the game". I want to give him all the conditions to develop and to play well. I think some managers, they have doubts. I go right I see the fans, I go left I see them, wherever I go I see the fans. Then the clubs feel that you are not so sure about it. I was very objective from day one.
"I'm seeing a good attitude from Diego to work and improve in different situations. By next week he will be ready to play against Southampton", he told the Manchester Evening News. I had an idea about the squad and when I arrived I was ready to be objective.
"This is what I would like to have, decide the numbers for each position. The last four years we have been fourth, third and second, and we want to make progress again".