Manchester United are visiting Huddersfield Town in the Premier League sitting two points behind leaders Manchester City in the table, but a good part of Jose Mourinho’s Press conference ahead of this match was about… another team, another manager.
I don’t speak to him. I don’t know why he speaks to me but that is no problem or maybe it is not his fault and it is the journalists’ fault when they pass to him the wrong message
the Portuguese told reporters referring to Antonio Conte. Mourinho talked about ‘crying managers’ after United’s win at Benfica midweek, managers who whine about injured players. Conte replied, but the United manager denied that he had Chelsea’s manager in mind when he made that comment.
There are managers all over the world that by philosophy they prefer to speak about injuries, they prefer to try to find the excuse of a hypothetical failure based on injuries
Mourinho said. On the other hand, his comment came just a couple of days after Conte spent a good part of his news conference referring to Chelsea’s injured players, so the connection was easily made.
I moan about why I don’t understand why we play Saturday after Wednesday when we should play Sunday. I moan about this all the time but not about injuries. When managers say I moan about the fixtures then they are right, but nobody can say I moan about injuries because I always try to speak about opportunities for other players
the Portuguese also said, admitting that the fixtures issue is one that he can’t avoid moaning about.