Jose Mourinho defends Jesse Lingard deal

Jose Mourinho claims to have reached a decision regarding the future of Manchester United outcast Adnan Januzaj, although is unwilling to divulge it publicly at this stage.

"If you are rich, that doesn't mean that you don't keep motivation high, personal pride high, professionalism high".

He told reporters: "Looking to the next season it's a good feeling to know that we don't lose many matches and had a fantastic run of 20 unbeaten matches in the Premier League".

"If they accept that financial situation in the right way, that financial situation gives stability, it gives comfort". And because of his age and happiness in work, I think he has conditions to be even better.

'Apart from that he is English, made in the academy, and these players made at home are important to the club.

"Whether I agree or disagree, my opinion is not important". They are good players, they are creative players, they can create but, naturally, they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.

In what will be seen as another snipe at his misfiring forwards, the United manager as suggested the striker has scored goals aplenty for Bayer Leverkusen since his move from United in the summer of 2015 could have been an answer to his scoring problems if he was still at the club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken England by storm with 27 goals in all competitions, 16 of those coming in the Premier League, but the veteran Swede has shouldered a heavy burden, with Juan Mata United's next-best scorer with 10.

"We have some players that are not really players in love with the goal".

"I'll give you a simple example".

In a brief statement on United's website it was confirmed that Lingard would be paid a sum approaching £100,000 per week, but the club were less forthcoming about what they wanted the 24-year-old to do to earn that pay packet.

As well as defeats to Watford and Leicester, Moyes has had to deal with "Slapgate" after finding himself accused of being a bully, a sexist and a dinosaur after his threats to a female journalist at the end of a post-match interview emerged.

"We lost because odd things happened during the match, so one defeat at home in all the competitions and what makes me think we are strong is the way opponents play against us because that is a big change". "People who are not winning are the ones who are struggling and we're struggling right now".

  • Julie Sanders