Antonio Conte Press Conference Previewing Man United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho plays down pressure on Paul Pogba as midfielder returns

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho plays down pressure on Paul Pogba as midfielder returns

Antonio Conte admitted that it would be better for Chelsea if Jose Mourinho leaves Paul Pogba out of his Manchester United team when the two teams meet at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 2017/18 Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea will be played at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, and kicks off at 15:05 CET on Sunday 25 February, 2018.

Jose Mourinho declared himself neither happy nor unhappy in the wake of his side's 0-0 draw with Sevilla in their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash in Spain.

In October, Mourinho said Conte was the kind of manager who "they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured", while Conte suggested the Portuguese was far too interested in what was going on at the club where he was once worshipped.

"My expectation is to see him on the pitch".

He said:"Our performance against Barcelona can give great confidence to our players, and at the same time it shows that if we work hard as a team, it is very difficult to play against us".

"Every coach has to find the right way to manage him".

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has claimed the showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United may decide who gets into the top four come the end of the season - and that neither side can afford to lose the game.

A fairly bleak reading of the situation, Pogba, who arrived at Manchester United in 2016 for nearly £90 million, has admittedly failed to live up to the expectations that were expected prior to his arrival.

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Just four points separate United in second from Tottenham in fifth, whilst victory for fourth-placed Chelsea will move them level on points with their hosts.

"I want to avoid, and the players want to avoid, the last season with Mourinho".

The Telegraph misrepresents Mourinho tad by implying he is questioning his medical team following Ander Herrera's injury.

"You saw the game against Sevilla - I think it's always more hard to come from the bench than to start", our gaffer added.

"It's always more hard to come on from the bench than to start".

"Sometimes players take five minutes to be ready".

"If there is one manager that can secure a Champions League win, it's Mourinho", Ince said.
"He's a master of winning trophies and succeeding in Europe is his forte".

And there is plenty more than personal pride at stake, with both clubs locked in a battle for a top-four place in the Premier League. They don't have shinpads, they don't have the strapping, they don't have a shirt.

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