Francisco de Míguel Moreno has reassured fans ahead of Sunday’s match at Swansea.
The man also known as ‘Paco’, says that whilst Rafa Benitez isn’t well enough to take the pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, ‘he is in good spirits’ and ‘feeling better each day’.
Not many people will know the United boss better than Francisco de Míguel Moreno, as he has been part of Rafa’s backroom staff at Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid, before joining up once again at St James Park in March 2016.
Rafa Benitez is still recovering from surgery during the international break and his assistant manager has been taking training and will conduct the press duties this afternoon.
It will be interesting seeing how somebody else handles the press responsibilities but it has ensured that any questions regarding what did or didn’t happen in the transfer market, will no doubt be politely knocked back.
Francisco de Míguel Moreno/Paco says that the backroom staff ‘are looking forward to seeing him (Rafa) back shortly’ but it looks as though that will be after this game on Sunday.
Thursday saw reports that the manager had been given advice by medical staff to give Swansea a miss as he recuperates, so Paco is set to be in charge on the touchline.
Obviously a big ‘get well soon’ to Rafa.
Francisco de Míguel Moreno (AKA Paco) speaking to the official club site:
“We are a very close team behind the scenes so everyone is always happy to step in and help out wherever it’s needed.
“We have all been in constant contact with Rafa as always and while he is very keen to be back on the training pitch, he is in good spirits.
“He is feeling better each day and we are looking forward to seeing him back shortly.”