Jose Mourinho previews Newcastle “I like the Geordies…I like the feeling of going to Mr Robson’s home”
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.
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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