Jose Mourinho has given his pre-Newcastle press conference on Friday lunchtime.

The Manchester United manager confirming three players won’t be available for the game.

St James Park is a stadium where he has never won a Premier League match but despite that, Jose Mourinho says that he likes visiting Tyneside.

As well as rating the stadium, the Man Utd boss says ‘I like the Geordies’ and as well as that he states ‘I like to go there and like the feeling of going to Mr Robson’s home.’

Jose Mourinho having been of course a big friend of Sir Bobby Robson’s as well as working with him.


“Eric Bailly, Daley Blind are out. Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) started training with the team two days ago. And he’s improving.”

Newcastle United and never having won a Premier League match at St James Park:

“It’s true. I think it’s the only stadium in the PL. Also Huddersfield but only (managed a team in a game there) once.

“I think it’s difficult, honestly, I’ve always felt beautiful matches but difficult. I like to go there and like the feeling of going to Mr Robson’s home.

“I like St James Park, I think it’s really nice and the atmosphere.

“The fans are good and enthusiastic. I like the Geordies.

“I lost and drew a few times (at Newcastle in the Premier League).

“I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game are not going to be different.

“Newcastle are a good team, they have had a very good (January) transfer window with Kenedy and Slimani – two players I know well and who can improve their team.

Benitez knows how to get points.”

On Luke Shaw:

“He’s been free of minor injuries for a few months which sometimes stops the evolution and I’m really happy. The natural consequence of it is that he will have his (new) contract and he will be a United player for years.”

On Paul Pogba:

“This week was not different to what Paul is every week. He works well, he’s a good professional He likes to train. I’ve never had a single problem with him. He likes to train.

“For me Paul is a midfield player. He’s not a left back, he’s not a striker. When people ask his best position: he’s a midfield player. It depends on the tactical system but he will always be a midfielder.

“Then with so many opinions, and we are in a world of opinions, people can get confused. There is no confusion between me and Paul. It’s difficult to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul.”

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  • bob0411

    Quite an improvement from his famous predecessor’s comment – “just a wee club…”!

  • Paul Patterson

    Really wish we’d got him after Sir Bobby instead of that incompetent Scot.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Really wish we’d got Sir Bobby after KK instead of the team wrecking Scot.

      • Paul Patterson

        Yeah, two Scottish managers completely knacked two good teams that we had.

        • Peaky Magpie

          2 words to take you into the weekend Paul……Des Hamilton 😳😳😳

          • Paul Patterson

            I can beat that . . John Alain Boumsong, Amdy Faye and Celestine Babayaro – all in the same transfer window.

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye yer reet…can’t beat that…a royal flush.

          • Big Al 1967

            And if the alleged rumours are true someone seeing a massive increase in their Bank balance after said transfer window

          • Cockneytrev

            Was once drinking it what is now osbournes in jesmond,, and saw George Reilly, pat heard and Tony Cunningham all standing there,,,, that’s about £4.50 worth of footballing talent all in the same bar,,,
            To make matters worse , Reilly dropped his drink and so did pat heard,,

          • Mitros gotta start

            Brian pinas…..magic at dribbling in the box and shooting over the keepers head….”stand up if you love pinas”

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂🤣 so many double entendres in that one sentence…Finbar Saunders would salute you…😂😂

          • Albert Stubbins

            Below the belt that.

          • Cockneytrev

            Get rid of ginola and buy des Hamilton,, I can’t stand Daglish,,,,

          • Peaky Magpie

            Aye Trev I’ve never thought of it that way,it really does beggar belief,he also sold Big Les to Spurs didn’t he… ? What a tool..

      • pedrodelgardo

        KK, Sir Bobby, Mourinho, Pep don’t wake me up!

        • Peaky Magpie

          Charlton,Ardiles,Dalglish,Gullit,Souness,Allardyce,JFK twice,Pardew,McClaren,Carver…..that should get you oot of bed in a shot…..😂🤣😂…..and ive missed a few…

  • Chris J

    Hated the bloke! Mentioned Sir Bobby touched that soft spot! Big fan me like hehe

    • Leazes.

      Its not insincere, Robson appointed him as his number two at Sporting Lisbon!

      • GToon

        And recommended him to be his successor with us didn’t he?

  • S.G.M.

    I’ve just got a feeling.

    • MadMag83

      That’s called anxiety

  • Mitros gotta start

    Jose might be a lot of things but his respect for sir bobby cannot be denied….always liked him for that.

  • Peter

    Well, credit where it’s due…very respectful to Sir Bobby and decent overall…Of course he doesn’t perceive us a threat…