Manchester United v Chelsea: Mourinho and Conte's feud in their own words

Paul Merson Premier League predictions Gameweek 28

Paul Merson Premier League predictions Gameweek 28

"Such is their ability to decide games, their weaknesses have to be accepted and teams built around them", Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.

To which Mourinho, 55, replied: "Can I hug you?"

Ahead of the showdown at Old Trafford, Conte believes it is time to draw a line under the episode and look only ahead.

Without being influential in a defensive nor attack-minded sense, McTominay provided the presence in midfield which Mourinho was keen to see.

The Chelsea boss also insisted that his side have to perform to their maximum in order to get a result against a side who, like them, are still competing in the Champions League Round of 16.

"We are talking about a top player".

Having led the Blues to three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a trio of League Cups across two stints at Stamford Bridge, the Portuguese is now focused on steering the Red Devils to glory.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic pushed him out to the left last season, while the arrival of Romelu Lukaku and the form of Martial in 2017/18 have seen Rashford play less and less. I can imagine Mourinho trying to get into Pogba's head about what is required.

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The importance to United of not letting in a goal was clear - they had kept eight clean sheets in their 10 matches before heading to Andalusia, with their only defeats in that time coming in the two games in which they had conceded.

"We now play Brighton when we were supposed to play West Ham and we don't know when we'll play West Ham. There are a lot of players, the squad is big, and fantastic players. this team also is very physical, great physicality", the Chelsea manager said.

The former Juventus star is expected to return for tomorrow's visit of Chelsea with Ander Herrera crocked. Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager, mentioned in his pre-match press conference that he was expecting Pogba to start against his team.

'They are mature people and I'm sure that they don't want to fight with each other.

Premier League fixtures (3pm unless stated): Leicester City v Stoke City (12.30), Bournemouth v Newcastle United, Brighton v Swansea City, Burnley v Southampton, Liverpool v West Ham, West Brom v Huddersfield Town, Watford v Everton (5.30).

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That "business" between United and Raiola has proved an extremely profitable enterprise for the latter in recent transfer windows.

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