‘I’ve never believed in my players not wanting to win,’ Jose Mourinho hits back to defend Manchester United dressing room ahead of Valencia tie
- Jose Mourinho has come out in support of his Manchester United players
- Mourinho was asked whether he felt some of his United stars didn’t want to win
- He replied by saying he had never coached a player who didn’t want to play
- Mourinho was speaking ahead of the Champions League tie against Valencia
Tom Farmery For Mailonline
Jose Mourinho has moved to defend his Manchester United players after suggestions that some of them didn’t care.
Mourinho’s players were criticised after the 3-1 defeat away at West Ham last weekend.
But the United manager has come out in support of his players ahead of the Champions League tie against Valencia.
Jose Mourinho has moved to support his Manchester United players after losing to West Ham
Speaking on BT Sport, he said: ‘I’m in football for more than two decades and I’ve never believed, maybe I’m naive, maybe I am naive, but I never believed in a divided dressing room because I never believed in a player who goes to the pitch and doesn’t want to win.’
‘Unless one of your top pundits was a player and did that, you know, if Rio [Ferdinand] or Paul [Scholes] or if anyone of them went to the pitch and didn’t want to win for his club, for his manager, for his mates, for himself, if he didn’t want to win it [then] I have to say I am naive and I have to believe in that.’
The United manager, whose feud with Paul Pogba became public last week in a training session at Carrington, also added that he has never had a problem with any player wanting to play.
Mourinho was speaking ahead of United’s Champions League tie against Valencia
Mourinho’s famously fell out with Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid and Eden Hazard at Chelsea.
He added: ‘Never in my career did I have a player or a former player that told me ‘that match I didn’t want to win, that match I didn’t want to perform and in that match I didn’t want to play’ and until that moment I will still be naive, and I’ll believe that a player on the pitch will always want to win.’
United are currently top of their Champions League group after winning the first game 3-0