Jose Mourinho: Manchester United's form will be 'amazing'
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 25, 2018,
Feb 25, 2018, 8:42
Here's some of what the Italian had to say. On Sunday though, the Chelsea boss isn't really dealing with any pressing concerns, with ample cover for the three first-team players who are unavailable.
"I don't know (why he has not scored against top-six sides) but I'm not anxious", Mourinho said.
"I don't want to come back and speak about the past because I think it's not important, not interesting for us".
I thought the key to United's success at the beginning of the season would be whether they could unlock the potential of Pogba and that seems to be the biggest question of them all right now - is he becoming a better player at United than before he signed? We now play Brighton when we were supposed to play West Ham and we don't know when we'll play West Ham. I wish for him the best. Of course, Chelsea then need to have someone running into the opposite channel to complete the chance. I must be honest my focus is on Chelsea'.
"I'm happy - it's not because it's Chelsea, it's because we need these three points". The team has looked disjointed in recent games and may find it tough to stop an opponent who are now on a high after being the better team against one of the best teams in the world.
When asked about the team news, Conte confirmed that the likes of Luiz, Bakayoko and Barkley are the sure absentees while the rest of the players are fit.
"We missed only one game mentality-wise, against Watford [a 4-1 defeat]", Conte said.
"What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing", the United manager said.
"He shouldn't take it as an offence, he should knuckle down as all great players and great characters do when they get dropped, to fight harder and make their way into the team". I think the confidence, the trust that I show towards Scott, he has earned it since day one.
"So in relation to the board they know the relation with me is always good, with the players, I don't have many problem, any regret, any stone on my shoes".
"I remember with Ranieri when he offended him for his English".
Chelsea will need more than hard shots, well-placed shots or tricky footwork and attractive team play leading to a lovely curler inside the post.
United's tactics have also faced criticism with the team looking particularly disorganised in attack, despite having the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to call upon.