Matic: Mourinho’s outbursts take pressure off United
Midfielder says the manager’s dealings with the press are calculated and help the team
Jose Mourinho’s dealings with the press are calculated to take pressure off the team, says Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
José Mourinho’s habit of turning the focus on himself is calculated to help the team and it is working, according to Nemanja Matic.
After Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Burnley Mourinho claimed some journalists would be disappointed his side had not lost. This followed his demand for “respect” after the 3-0 defeat by Tottenham and also his description of himself as “one of the greatest managers in the world”.
Matic said the players understood the manager might be acting like that to shield them. “He knows what he is doing,” the midfielder said. “You [the media]probably know that also. It’s good for us.”
Matic, reflecting on Sunday’s victory at Turf Moor, said Mourinho had not shown any strain. “I think he is dealing very well with the pressure. That is why he is here at Manchester United. I don’t see any difference. He was very confident before the game – he prepared it in a very good way. We knew where they could cause us problems with the long balls; that is why Marouane Fellaini played close to our defence, to stop the long balls.”
Despite two defeats from four matches, Matic believes United can challenge for the title. “I think this performance shows how we need to play football and we can still compete for the title,” he said. – Guardian service