Matic, not Dier, the midfielder Mourinho 'really wanted' for Man United

Matic, not Dier, the midfielder Mourinho 'really wanted' for Man United

Javier Howell
October 30, 2017

United were keen on a move for the Tottenham midfielder and Mauricio Pochettino has criticised Mourinho's attempt to "destabalise" the England worldwide.

One player who will be available for Mourinho on Saturday is Nemanja Matic.

"I don't speak about injured players so don't ask me about HarryKane, because to speak about Harry Kane I have to speak about [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, about [Paul] Pogba, about [Marcos] Rojo, about [Michael] Carrick, so I don't speak".

"I was surprised but I was happy about his words because it is not easy for the players to recognise and admit [why they lost]", said Mourinho.

Dier is likely to be among the starters against a club whose interest in signing him is well documented, with the Tottenham boss saying in his new book that Mourinho's interest "destabilised" the England worldwide.

Jose Mourinho was asked about Luke Shaw's future and had no interest, instead offering an opinion about the contract stand-off with Marouane Fellaini.

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"I am always disappointed when a player, because he has a new manager, the new manager becomes the best and the old manager becomes very bad, and football is full of examples of lack of character".

"If you want to speak about his words I would be very disappointed if his words were different".

"Probably I have the player I didn't think it was possible to have".

The coach certainly took advantage of the opportunity to rest some of his key players with the likes of Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe coming into the side for a rare start, however the trip to Wales didn't see an appearance from defenders Eric Bailly or Phil Jones.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.

But despite that fearsome run of form, Mourinho says teams are not cowering in fear when they head north.