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WATCH – Jose Mourinho’s press conference pre Brighton

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he is not overly worried about the gap at the top of the Premier League to leaders Manchester City, and that he remains calm and emotionally balanced as his team remain in the mix in four competitions.

The Portuguese coach stated that he and his team team are simply taking each game as it comes, as the season is not even at its half-way stage yet.

Mourinho admitted he expects a tough test when Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion visit Old Trafford tomorrow. United’s manager said he thinks it will be a difficult encounter against a side that combine excellent physicality with flair and creativity.

Mourinho scoffed at suggestions his team need to be more adventurous; pointing out that he started the Newcastle game with Romelu Lukuku, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and a pair of full-backs in Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia that are in fact wingers.

 

 

On the injury front the 54-year-old confirmed that defensive duo Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will miss the match.

When asked if Marcus Rojo would be fit to play a second game in four days after just returning from a long-term injury Mourinho revelaved that the Argentina international had actually been fit for a few weeks before his return to action, but was eased back into the starting XI as all his other defenders were fit at the time.

In the final part of the press conference Mourinho confirmed he is worried that he may lose one of his most trusted lieutenants Marouane Fellaini when his contract expires in the summer, although that is an issue he has no control over, and is between the player and the clubs board, both of which the Portuguese coach said he respects completely.

Check out the full interview below.

 

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