Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Pogba: Mourinho is the 'Special One' because he wins

Chris Smalling GETTYChris Smalling helped Manchester United lift the Europa League
Vera Richards | 11 June, 2017, 07:42

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says criticism from manager Jose Mourinho came before the Portuguese boss knew the full extent of his injury late in the season.

"He is the Special One because he wins", he told Sky in Germany. Signed in the last week of the transfer window and given no time to work with the defensive unit in front of him, Bravo never recovered.

Jose Mourinho's season-long stay at Manchester's Lowry hotel is said to have cost more than £150,000.

His two years in Italy were hugely successful, winning domestic doubles both years and scoring in a losing effort in the Champions league final in 2015.

Mourinho was outspoken in decrying a "culture" whereby he felt some United players were reluctant to play through the pain barrier when carrying injuries.

"Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one", he said, per ESPN FC.

The last time the Manchester clubs were scheduled to play in a pre-season friendly was in 2016, but the tie in China was called off due to the poor state of the pitch. He trusted and defended me.

Now Mourinho could have pointed to Porto, who he led to unprecedented success in European football, or even Chelsea who when first took over hadn't won the English top flight for over half a century.

The 21-year-old is expected to get the chance to impress Mourinho on this summer's tour of the United States and Pereira thinks he is ready to push for a place in next season's squad.

"It's important but, as always, I will go where the manager needs me, I will play in any position and feel I can fulfil many roles".

"Inter was in big trouble, Real Madrid was in big trouble, Manchester United in big trouble, that is, always in big trouble".

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