Jose Mourinho wasn’t in the mood to mess about on Friday morning as he answered five out of six questions in an press conference that lasted three minutes and 32 seconds.
The Manchester United boss has been under intense pressure recently over his relationship with Paul Pogba and the disharmony in the squad, while they sit in a lowly tenth position in the Premier League table.
And the Portuguese coach did little to get reporters on side on Friday morning when he only took six questions in total and failed to say ‘good morning’ or even ‘hello’ as he walked in.
Mourinho started as he meant to go on when asked why he thought his team was struggling, he replied: “For many different reasons”.
“Can you say the reasons?” the journalist replied, before Mourinho answered “no”.
The United boss did, however, admit that the current run of results were unacceptable, he said: “Yes, I accept [that].
“I know we are in the beginning of October and we look to tables all around Europe and in many of the leagues the tables in September and October don’t reflect what is going to happen in a few months or even at the end of the season.
“But we are in a position where we can do much better and to do that we need points, points that we lost especially in the last two Premier League matches, with one point out of six.”
And Mourinho was a bit more forthcoming when asked about their opponents, Newcastle United, he said:
“They have a very, very very good coach, a team that is always very well organised, against especially the teams of the first part of the table, where their manager is very bright on his analysis of the opposition qualities and to try to stop them.
“The results they’ve had against the top teams didn’t get them points yet this season, but gave them very, very close results and very difficult matches for the opposition.
“So we expect a difficult match.”