‘I Knew We Were In Trouble’ – Jose Mourinho Had Same Inkling As Everybody Else Before Phil Jones Took His Naff Penalty Against Derby

Chris Wright

26th, September 2018


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Jose Mourinho displayed yet more of that legendarily succinct man-management in the wake of Manchester United’s de-cupping at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

United were ousted by Derby County, who knocked their Premier League opponents out on penalties after the lively encounter finished 2-2 in normal time.

After a succession of truly excellent pinpoint spot-kicks from both teams, the shootout reached sudden territory where Phil Jones brought everything to an abrupt halt with a tame, trundling effort that was easily saved by Scott Carson.

Speaking in the tunnel after the game, Mourinho was in no mood to sugar the pill:

The penalties come and after the sixth I knew we were going to be in trouble with Bailly and Jones.

The shootout is a lottery. We missed one and we knew if we go past seven we would be in trouble.

When I see Jones walk up, I knew we were in trouble.

We were all thinking it — the moment Jones placed that ball on the spot. Everybody had an inkling.

Whether it’s wise to broadcast that particular sentiment in the wake of an embarrassing cup defeat is another matter entirely.

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  1. Johnny says:

    So, Pies, are you Jose team or Pogba team? I think they should be fired, both.

    • Chris Wright says:

      @Johnny: That would be very costly! It’s hard to know what to think amid all the carry-on.

      Mourinho loves his soldiers and Pogba will never fit that mould. The continuing attempts to make him fall in line will likely be detrimental to both until Pogba leaves under a cloud to join Barcelona next summer.

      • Red Devil says:

        Both are wrong but I would choose Mourinho over Pogba. Pogba has been playing bad for 2 years, not 2 months. A change of manager won’t transform him. He will still be the same player. As Carragher said today….
        “Nobody plays for two years and all of a sudden there’s a change of manager and you’re a new player. We’ve see what Paul Pogba is as a player. He’s not as good as he thinks he is. He’s got talent, but his big problem is his understanding of the game. It’s been a problem since he came, and it hasn’t changed now.”

        Spot on, man. Spot… on………

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