Mark Hughes calls Jose Mourinho's Stoke comments an 'easy swipe'

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2017

"Matic, I can not say that I had better guys than him in my career", Mourinho told the Sunday Times.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has highlighted that Marouane Fellaini's absence during their 2-2 draw with Stoke on Saturday was the reason why they didn't come away with the win.

Herrera will be hoping to retain his starting place when United line up at home to Basel on Tuesday night in their first Champions League match in nearly two years, having reached the competition after beating Ajax in last season's Europa League final.

The press wants a story, the press wants blood. My blood, his blood, or both.

'He was really sad. "I was also sad because it's not something nice and it's something that I did only twice in my career", Mourinho said of the incident.

The Swedish defender rocked up at Old Trafford for an initial £30.7million, joining Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic in being added to Mourinho's squad ahead of the 2017/18 season.

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'But the next day he comes to see me and he says, "I'm not happy, but it's my fault".

"You always hope that when you bring new players in that they will hit the ground running, and I have to say that since he has walked through the door he has impacted the games he has been involved in. So let's keep going'".

Matic eventually re-joined Chelsea in the winter transfer window of that season, and the duo then won the league in 2014-15, their first full season together.

United went into the game two points clear of Manchester City, but after their neighbours dismantled Liverpool and they dropped points against Stoke they now only remain at the top of the table through goal difference.

We didn't keep going for a long time because a few weeks later I was sacked.

'I know the qualities of the people, I know many things about social life, about private life, I know because even without working for that, the informations are arriving'. While his teams can produce incredible flair in attack, they are usually built on a solid defensive foundation with a Matic-like player crucial to its success. We can not think of winning the Champions League now, we have to take it one step at a time.

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