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We will give everything on Thursday. That is sure. Whether we go to the final or not doesn't matter, I am really happy with the guys.feedback
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Maybe it is an opportunity to make the team mentally stronger. Maybe it is a blessing. So, let's see if they can come back.feedback

[Paul will be back] for Celta. The only thing we can say is we are very unlucky and the small injuries, the Pogba one, Antonio Valencia last week, are the injuries of fatigue; the accumulation of matches which is normal.feedback

If you were tired any time in your life, I was tired many times, I know what the body needs. It needs anything. The player asked for a banana. But it's not to laugh at all. It's to respect the players. Some of the boys they felt the dimension of the game and everything around it … the derby, the game, the focus of attention. Some of the guys, they felt it. It is nothing to do with experience and age. The kid [Marcus Rashford, who came on at half-time] looks like he is playing for the Under-18s against Salford City. Every individual reacts to demands of the occasion in different ways.feedback

I think 18 matches unbeaten is amazing. We didn't lose. It was 1-1. I only saw two goals. I saw Paul Pogba's goal and their (second) goal (by Oumar Niasse) was a fantastic goal, a great action. It was a great cross, and the guy coming in at the far post. 1-1.feedback

If I see him here I will shake it. I didn't because I thought my players deserved my action immediately and I our supporters also deserved our thanks to them, so it was that. I can promise you that if I see him out there I will shake his hand. I have nothing to speak with him at all, but to shake his hand, for sure I will do that.feedback

You think the game was equal? I can smile win, lose or draw. I am sorry to say, it is a silly question. When the team crosses the line once in 90 minutes and when the team is in the opposition half trying and trying and trying, you ask if we were equal? David de Gea was sleeping and he did the funny thing at the end, I was laughing with that. Don't ask me questions that I cannot answer. You know clearly that I am different. I am different. The rules for me are different. I am different in everything.feedback

I watch my team play in a hotel, I was forbidden to go to the stadium, my assistant had a six-match stadium ban and he didn't touch anyone. Yesterday one fourth official told a manager [Jurgen Klopp]: 'I enjoy very much your passion'. So do what you want to do. Today I was told, Sit down or I have to send you to the stands' so everything is different for me. So don't ask me questions that put me in a difficult situation.feedback

He [Shaw] has lots of potential but the football brain and the professional brain has to be with the talent. He has to change his football brain.feedback

I think the referee did fantastic work. I won't say more than this. With the VAR (video assistant referee), we win this game 2-1 because it's not an offside. But it's a difficult one for the linesman. I'm not critical of the linesman. I just say when the VAR comes, it will help everyone, especially the linesmen and referees. So, I am not so sure. I think if Sergio doesn't go to the floor, for sure it is not a red card. I didn't watch but probably I can guess it's a bit of a red card and that it's a bit of a very experienced, smart Argentinian player.feedback

I didn't change [the team] after 20 minutes because I don't want to destroy the players. I didn't want to make three changes at half-time but if there were a free number of changes and changes during the first half were normal … I would have done it after 20 minutes.feedback

Marouane says it was a red card because he is Marouane, Martin Atkinson told me in his opinion it was a red card but I saw Aguero in the tunnel - no broken nose, no broken head, his face is as nice as always.feedback

Today for 90 minutes [Antonio] Valencia was consistent, Ashley Young was consistent, Marcos Rojo was consistent, Eric Bailly was consistent, [Marouane] Fellaini was consistent, [Michael] Carrick was consistent. And the other ones were not consistent, the other ones were a flash of talent, a glimpse of talent, almost a goal and we need to keep opponents and this is deja vu all season. I didn't see it. If you don't know, you shouldn't be with a microphone in your hand.feedback

You know me. I spoke to Conte, not to you. I'm not the kind of guy to come here and share with you things I don't want to share. What is between me and Antonio is for us ... or up to him to talk if he wants to. That is his problem. I have no comment.feedback

For the second goal, Amrabat receives the ball and our left-back [Shaw] is 25 metres from him instead of five metres. But even at 25 metres, you have to jump and go and press, but no, we wait. This is a tactical but also a mental attitude. It's something that doesn't become perfect in a couple of weeks. He was doing things in the second half when he was reacting to my voice. If he was on the other side for sure he would not do it. Because he was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. We need the kids to grow up.feedback

I think Man City are going to finish top four, I think the matches they have to play, I see them doing that. I think it's between us, Arsenal and Liverpool and we are going to try. But the reality is we have a European semi-final [in the Europa League against Celta Vigo] to play. We have lots of problems with players and we go with what is possible but we are going to fight until it's mathematically not possible.feedback

Looks like it could be a few games but we will have to see tomorrow when I speak with the doctor.feedback

We have played half of a Premier League more than Liverpool almost – 18 matches are many miles in the players legs so if you can say. That is an unfair fight but we are going for that.feedback

If Sergio doesn't go to the floor for sure it's not a red card but if Marouane gave him chance to do that … . I don't know because I didn't watch. I have just three details. Marouane says it's a red card because it's Marouane. He is very disappointed. He feels it is a red card because he is Marouane Fellaini.feedback

I didn't have any midfielders on the bench. The team is in trouble, the team has a lot of problems and to play a derby like we did shows resilience and character from the players.feedback

We showed exactly that against a good strong team that wants to win at home, playing with 10 men.feedback

Maybe they look at us with different eyes but I think they are not stupid, they are not naive, and they know that we are going to give them a fight.feedback

Of course they have. I hope this season. It's not just about them. It's about the philosophy and mentality around them. Cautious. Cautious. Cautious. Just a cautious approach. Professional football at a high level? Yeah. I think the fact that we are fighting for important things still is a good motivation to keep people together, to make people make an extra effort. Wednesday's training session started at 3pm: I was here at 10:30am and when I arrived some players were already here, taking care of little details and taking care of their recovery. That is motivation.feedback

I think maybe opponents they look at us with different eyes because we don't have Zlatan and Paul and Marcos and Mata and Jones and Smalling.feedback

It means nothing. If we finish fifth and they finish sixth and we are above them it means nothing. If they finish third and we finish fourth they are above us, but it means a lot. This is not about Pep (Guardiola), this is not about City, it is about fighting for objectives. We want to play Champions League football and we still have two doors open.feedback

We think he is in fabulous hands and [he needs to] recover from the injury and prepare himself mentally for the next step. I think the next step will always be something that he really wants, which is something I was saying before the injury in the period of doubt about his future; I have always said that. He is much more important than myself and what I want – it is what he wants. I always want the players to be happy and to choose their future, and this is what I think is going to happen.feedback

Now, before such an important surgery, I think it is a waste of time to speak about what is next.feedback

The future is a big surgery and a long period of recovering. But the future is also in the hands of a very strong guy, mentally very strong, who wrote immediately on social media that he will stop [playing] when he wants, not when people think. It looks for me that he is not going to give up and he is going to fight. I am really pleased with that because this is the Zlatan I know. He fought all his life and that is what I told him – 'you have fought all your life since you were born.' I do not see a reason not to fight.feedback

And the reality is even in the first season of better years we won already [the Community Shield and EFL Cup], and if we manage to win the Europa League and in August to play the European Super Cup against the Champions League winner, it will be magnificent.feedback

I don't know, I'm not interested in it, I don't care about it, I just want the difficult surgery to go [well]. We think he's in fabulous hands, then (he has to) recover from the injury, prepare himself for the next step and I think the next step will always be something he wants.feedback

They play now one game a week until the end of the season while we have the [Europa League] semi-finals which are very important for us. Obviously to play one match per week brings teams and players to other levels, so it's more difficult for us but we are going to try. I always feel that the season is very important for me, the players and the club. I would say this can be the first season of the next five or six or seven. It can be the first season of better years.feedback

I would say it's similar to the Real Madrid one because they were two giants in two difficult periods. You go to the giant club, you feel the dimension, you feel the pressure and expectation. But you also feel the club is not ready, not ready for this kind of expectation and you have to work more.feedback

I see that now is the correct approach and the previous one wasn't. This is about the clubs, this is about the teams, this is about the positions at the end of the season. This is not about myself and Guardiola, so I think now is the correct approach.feedback

He is in America and that's the only thing that matters now. He is in America to have the surgery and start the recovery process. Marcus [Rashford], even when not performing especially well, he was giving absolutely everything. I could never demand more from him. I could just support and say, Better days will arrive. Always super happy with the approach of such a young and talented kid.feedback

Some other guys don't give everything they have so that's the point. They have to and when they do it, I'm happy with them, it doesn't matter how they perform.feedback

It is not a psychological approach. It is common sense. When you give everything you have, I cannot demand more from you.feedback

It doesn't matter what happens in terms of titles we win or don't win. I always feel that the season is very important for me, the players and the club. And the reality is even in the first season of better years we won already and we have already the chance to do good things until the end of the season. If we manage to win the Europa League and in August to play the European Super Cup against the Champions League winner, it will be magnificent.feedback

You can see that and we have to realise that as well, that you have to be ready when you're needed. That's why we can still fight for what we want.feedback

Yes, we have a big squad. Everybody is ready and we need everyone.feedback

If Martial wants to become a very special player - [and] he can do that - then he has to go in a certain direction and he showed this attitude and appetite. We are happy because we have a new player until the end of the season.feedback

If we beat Celta Vigo in the semi-final, we go to the final.feedback

My feeling, what I like to share, is that this club is made to win trophies.feedback

He needs to give me things that I like. He has to understand what we need from him, but it's not just for us but it's also for him. If he wants to become a very special player – [and] he can do that – then he has to go in a certain direction and he showed this attitude and appetite. We are happy because we have a new player until the end of the season. Yes, it is important for us to play in the Champions League, but this club wants trophies. We cannot give the club the Premier League trophy, but we have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League.feedback

I think Arsenal played well and maybe they deserved the win, but at the end of the day we are very sad because after we see the big mistake of the referee. All the time – something needs to stop.feedback

Dead he is for sure, if he's injured or if it's just the super accumulation of fatigue in the muscles, I don't know.feedback

But we don't cry because we lose qualities on the pitch, we just cry because they are important injuries, with two important surgeries and two important periods of recovery. And we feel for our friends.feedback

I don't know. But as I was saying, if he cannot play Thursday he cannot play Thursday, we play another one and we don't cry, like we didn't today. We cry because we have two important injuries to two amazing guys.feedback

Bailly was incredible [against Burnley]. If I was Smalling or Jones, I would play Thursday. I wouldn't accept one guy to play nine matches in a row because I am injured.feedback

If we beat Celta Vigo, we go to the final and, yes, it is important to us to play Champions League, but this club wants trophies. We cannot give the club the Premier League. We have a 25 per cent chance to win the Europa League. I will rotate players again to give some players a chance again. In terms of expectation, it is better to go into a derby with one point difference rather than four.feedback

If they have a crazy mentality like I have, they will play. If they are safe thinking and they are surrounded by people with the mentality they have, they will need more time, they will be more cautious. If it was me, I'd step up to play.feedback

Everyone is very sad. We were thinking about them. They have to be strong. Unfortunately they won't be the first or last players to get an important injury. Surgery is waiting for them but I don't want to say too much as it's their privacy. I'm very happy. It's not easy to win here and it's even harder to be in control and we were in control for 90 minutes. We understood the way they play and we played against their strengths. I think it was a great result that we deserved.feedback

Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly get a mention after two hours of football at against Anderlecht.feedback

We wanted Anthony Martial to get behind as he's faster - and he did well. But I can't choose an individual performance as they all did well.feedback

If it was me, I think it should be tomorrow. They cannot make miracles, even with a crazy mentality they cannot play Sunday [against Burnley], there are no miracles. But with a special spirit you can come back sooner than the expected – so rather than mid-May they can come back the beginning of May.feedback

I want to wait but my feeling is not good for both [Ibrahimovic and Rojo]. I want to wait and be optimistic but I'm not. [Defensively] we have Daley Blind, he has experience in the position and I think it's time for Jones and Smalling to be brave, to risk, because for the team they have to do everything. You cannot do miracles. Miracles I don't expect but you have to try to do everything to accelerate the process.feedback

Eric Bailly has played six matches in a row - 540 minutes in a row. We lost Rojo, we don't have Jones, we don't have Smalling.feedback

He's not in the best of his condition. He's not at the level of sharpness you need to play a high level of football.feedback

[Ander] Herrera plays, he didn't play today. I was thinking about him and [Marouane Fellaini] as changes but because of the injury to Marcos Rojo I couldn't do it.feedback

When a player reaches a certain level, it doesn't make a lot of sense to drop levels and play in the under-23s. Let's say in a derby against Manchester City, [United coach] Nicky Butt doesn't pick him to play that game. So when you reach a certain level - and he has reached that level - then I don't think it makes sense. But the power is in their hands. Herrera is fresh to play and Ashley Young is fresh to play. Who else? Nobody else is fresh to play.feedback

Some players don't know what makes me trust a player, but Marcus I trust.feedback

[Reaching the UEFA Europa League final would be] the perfect end to the season. A difficult season, lots of matches, trying to build a team, trying to recover a certain mentality, trying to finish the season playing a European final. It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United.feedback

It doesn't matter if he doesn't score - he is fantastic in his effort and attitude.feedback

I don't think they are easy injuries but I prefer to wait until all the tests are done and then speak. I can't do that because I am a manager not a doctor. But the news is fairly negative I think. You speak about his qualities and they are fantastic. But mentally he is excellent. He hadn't scored since September, some players don't understand what I want but Marcus I trust.feedback

I always trust the players with special mentality. Always trust them. Luke Shaw did something new today, it means a lot for me. After 90 minutes, before I know that I have to change Zlatan, he had cramp, I had Ashley Young ready to come on, and he told me I'm going to play for 30 minutes with cramps, no problem. He said if you need to make a change in another position I am ready for it. These kind of things make me trust the players. There are technical aspects, but the mentality is the reason why I kept Marcus on the team all the time, because of that.feedback

It was a difficult game, a difficult opponent, I am tired, I imagine the players are more tired than me. But we are in the draw [on Friday] and we still have the dream to win the competition.feedback

It will be the perfect end to the season. A difficult season, lots of matches, trying to build a team, trying to recover a certain mentality, trying to finish the season playing a European final. It will be the perfect finale for Manchester United. For Zlatan it would be fantastic to play the final in Stockholm, in his country. It would be beautiful.feedback

I don't think about it, I think about Manchester United. I think it'd be the perfect finale for us.feedback

[The second leg could have been] a nice game, and a chance to play Axel Tuanzebe and some of the other young ones without any pressure. The game was easy to cure and we did not.feedback

The team had the game in their hands and did not kill the game. We could be speaking now about a friendly game tomorrow had we won 3-0 in Anderlecht.feedback

We have been together for almost 10 months. The same way I know the players so much better now, the players should know me also much better now.feedback

If we have the same kind of attitude [as against Chelsea], pressing high, being strong, being intense, recover the ball as fast as possible, it is easy for the attacking players to have more in the ball. In the end it is a collective instinct.feedback

Luke Shaw today did something new for me, that means a lot to me. After 90 minutes before I knew that I would have to change Zlatan I had Ashley Young ready to come on. But Luke told me, I will play 30 minutes with cramps. These sort of things make me trust the players.feedback

You speak about his qualities and his qualities are fantastic. But he wasn't scoring a goal since September and because of his mentality and what he gives us, even when he does not score goals, I kept confidence in him. Some other players, they don't realise what makes me trust a player, but Marcus, I trust. It doesn't matter if he doesn't score, he's fantastic in his attitude.feedback

He cannot play every game and you want to take him [to the European Under-21 Championships in the summer] but I always trust the players with a special mentality. That's the reason I kept Marcus on the team all the time, he went months without scoring a goal but my trust is always based on the mentality and despite him being a kid others can look at him but we have great examples of fighters.feedback

In a big club like Manchester United, when you start in the Europa League you don't have that motivation high. That is September, that is October, that is the group phase. When you get into this level, I think the motivation has to be very high.feedback

At a big club like Manchester United when you start the Europa League you probably don't have motivation that high, but at this stage it must be high. Romero is not my goalkeeper for the Europa League. He is my goalkeeper for tomorrow. He is the priority for the Europa League, but we have situations for David De Gea to play. If we don't concede a goal we are through, and that is good to know. Our record at home in the Premier League is not good but in the Europa League it's perfect.feedback

For sure, MLS' level is different to the European teams like Bayern Munich and Manchester United that he's played for. But it's good for him to help the other players to improve, I think he can help them. And he also has to learn new things in another type of 'soccer'. It's good for him.feedback

My brother, he likes to play football so much and he's not that guy who can sit in the stands and earns his money. He wants to play football and he wants to have fun. When you see him now, he likes to play. When you see him play the last matches with Man Utd, you can see he enjoys every minute.feedback

Rashford played fantastically well. He also had a very good game at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup. He had exactly the same chance to score then even when we were playing with 10 men in the second half because he is faster than their defenders and can get in behind them. This time he scored. It was early in the match and it gave the team more confidence and stability. It was very important. The kid played fantastic. Normally you win the title if you are 22 matches unbeaten and we are struggling to finish top four.feedback

Why? Everybody knows why because we lost too many points at home. But it's a great feeling to know that it's difficult for us to lose a match, people fight until the end. I am really happy with the team and with the result because Manchester City and Liverpool results left us in a position of having to win this match - not even a draw would have been a good result for us. I am really happy for us because we kept two windows open to try to play Champions League football.feedback

I cannot give up on the Premier League yet - we have to try. If one day we are in the Europa League and in the Premier League the distance is too big then we have to prioritise and nobody can criticise us if we do it in a different way in the last matches of the league.feedback

But everybody fought really hard and did what they had to do. Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo deserve a special mention because they play absolutely every game non-stop since the injuries of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.feedback

But while it is mathematically possible we will go with everything we have.feedback

We were tactically very good and the players did an amazing job. They totally controlled a team full of fantastic players, who are creative and fast. We controlled them totally and I am really happy. It was the same tactics as when we went to Stamford Bridge in the cup. That game was totally controlled when we played with 11 players and only the [refereeing] decision that made us play with 10 players for all the second half, plus 10 minutes in the first half, gave Chelsea a chance to be dominant. We knew that playing this way would be very difficult for them.feedback

The performance was really very, very good and it is a pleasure for me to say that the [league] leaders - the leaders with some difference - could not cope with our performance.feedback

From a personal point of view, thinking about just about me and my work, [what made me most happy] was being totally convinced that we would be playing the FA Cup semi-final this weekend if we played Stamford Bridge with 11 men. That is totally convincing. They struggled to cope with everything. They struggled to cope with us defensively and they struggled to cope with us with Marcus and other target points we had on the pitch.feedback

But it is not an excuse because I still have to do well, I still have to do much more and much better than I did. I speak for myself and [Anderlecht] was not a good performance.feedback

I think he is right in this matter because I was not feeling good in the sense of I was feeling tired.feedback

It is not easy for another manager to find a player like Herrera to do that job. I was convinced that controlling the two players behind Diego would give them lots of problems.feedback

I was convinced even before the Cup game that controlling the two players [Hazard and Pedro] who play behind Diego Costa ... would create lots of problems [for Chelsea] and I repeat the same. They are phenomenal on the counter-attack. But when they tried to play counterattack we were always in control. We did that at Stamford Bridge when we played with 11. I had the feeling before this match, but now I'm totally convinced, that with 11 players at Stamford Bridge we would be playing against Tottenham at Wembley this weekend.feedback

The satisfaction is for different reasons. Firstly, with the Liverpool and Manchester City victories, if we didn't win it's goodbye to the Premier League [finishing in the top four]. The second is they [Chelsea] are the leaders and when you beat the leaders it is obviously a very good feeling.feedback

They are in the position where everybody wants to be. It is better to be in Chelsea's position than Tottenham position, that is for sure.feedback

I want to say that I was convinced even before the FA Cup [tie between the clubs] that controlling the two players who play behind Diego [Costa], and controlling the Chelsea full-backs with two wide men, would create lots of problems.feedback

It's a bit difficult, especially for some players. I think for some of the boys it is not a big problem to play match after match with two days' difference. It depends on the way you analyse it. You could say my record at home is not a good one, you could also say that my record away from home is very good.feedback

It's difficult to be better, everybody knows that at a certain age it is about stability - to stay at the top for a maximum the player can. When you are 26, 27 you think about time to develop and time to improve. When you get to 34 and 35 it is not about improving. It is about the physical condition and the mental strength to stay at the top as much as possible. If Zlatan manages to keep these levels for the next season it would be great for him.feedback

Just imagine if I did, . I would die in the crush out in the middle of the pitch.feedback

You say the word emotion but for me it is just a game, one more game, no difference for me. No, not at all. First of all, some guys are fresh [Chelsea], some guys are tired [United]. That's very important in football. But, for some reason, they are top of the league. It's not just because they are fresh. It's also because they have individual quality and they have collective quality. They have a certain style of play, they stick to it, they do it very well.feedback

Not every team defends with 11 players and they defend with 11 players. Not every team is so objective in their counter-attacks. They are very objective in the counter-attack and they have individual players out of the context of the game that can also resolve the problems, so they are a very strong team.feedback

You're not good enough for the top. I'll have to sell you.feedback

You say that word emotion. For me, it is just a game. One more game. No difference for me, not at all.feedback

The result is positive. To play at home with an advantage is a good result in any case. But I think the result should be much better and we can only blame ourselves because we had an easy game to play in the second half and we didn't play in attack with that instinct and we lost the ball easily one too many times. We stopped our counter-attacks because of sloppy decisions and then we gave them opportunity to have some counter-attacks. Luckily, our defenders were very much in the game and resolved some of our problems.feedback

But then, when the team is broken because we have to counter-attack, we cannot lose so many balls. It is not just about the chances we miss, because we didn't miss so many chances, it's about half chances, the chances where you feel the space is there, the time is there, but then the decision is wrong.feedback

But if I was a United defender I would be very upset with the attacking players because they could have killed the game and they didn't. I'd say it was a strong performance by the team from the defensive point of view. [Jesse] Lingard, Mkhitaryan and [Marcus] Rashford, they did defensively what we asked them to do, to compact the team, to control the opponents, to cover some spaces. We were very solid defensively, and that is not just about the defenders, it is about the team as a team.feedback

[We had] good chances, lots of half chances that we didn't transform into full chances because of bad decisions or bad control. There were very bad decisions in the last third.feedback

Marcus Rashford? I think he was the same as the others. Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial – I thought they were all similar.feedback

We have to kill matches. We had chances, we had control, but in one mistake we were punished. Sloppy is the right word - in my poor English I cannot find a better word. We need to play more seriously. If you put together the performances of the four attacking players, you squeeze and squeeze and squeeze and you don't get much juice out of it. We have to kill matches. We have chances, control, but we don't score goals - you risk.feedback

But we hope he can deliver again. He has a good feeling with this stadium, too. For example, when we played Saint-Etienne, everyone was speaking about his record against them as a Paris Saint-Germain player, and then he scored again. Let's see if he can do it again.feedback

It is the motivation of everyone at the club to go to the final and I believe maybe he has a little more motivation because the final is in Sweden. Also because he has never played in this final during such an amazing career he has had. I think it is part of history, he scores goals everywhere and probably does not even remember that.feedback

The result is positive. To play at home with an advantage, to start the game with an advantage, is a good result in any case.feedback

We have a special feeling for the Europa League because now this is the only competition we can win. It will be difficult. We play ten matches to get here, we travel around Europe, now we have to push.feedback

It's still mathematically very possible to finish top four. I think, if we played against Chelsea with a second team, you would kill me, the football country would kill me.feedback

Manchester United history is so big, so bigger than many other clubs that are playing Champions League, that if Manchester United don't play Champions League for three or four years then it doesn't affect the prestige. So Manchester United doesn't have to play Champions League, but it wants to play.feedback

Every match for us is crucial. In the Premier League we lose a match and the top four gets almost impossible. In the Europa League, we lose a match and we are in trouble. Every match demands total focus. I don't see David with any problem related to this. The end of the season is the time when players can be thinking about what is going to happen with their careers. While it's mathematically possible, we have to try, with the risks you are speaking about. If at a certain moment of the season we have no chance and we're still in the Europa League, then we have a reason.feedback

He's not happy with his condition. He has a bad feeling with his ankle. Let's see.feedback

Football is full of philosophers; people who understand much more than me. But the reality is that a team that doesn't defend well doesn't have many chances to win.feedback

Even when playing in the garden with his father, there is no kid that plays to lose.feedback

We played with the players available [against Sunderland]. Not one single player stayed in Manchester because we were thinking about resting them, or because we were thinking about rotation or about Anderlecht. Not at all. These are the players available at the moment and, when I look to the others, I just expect Valencia to be ready to play and no more, I don't think. I don't think any one of the other boys will be ready to play.feedback

De Gea's injury is not serious and Romero every time he plays he plays so well. The fans are used to having Romero in goal in the Europa League - that becomes the most important competition for us after winning the League Cup. The Europa League is the competition we can still win, so when Sergio plays in the Europa League and when we are giving him this confidence to play, it's because we know that his answer is positive. He looked like he was really comfortable against Sunderland.feedback

It's good for Sergio Romero to play before Brussels. De Gea will probably be fit for Chelsea [next Sunday] - yes, if he's in good condition.feedback

I took Shaw off because of the yellow card and the pressure from the crowd. It was good to protect him but was also good for him to play one hour with a good solid performance and no mistakes, so I'm really pleased for him. [De Gea] has a problem with his hip. When he dives he feels it a little bit. It's good for him to have a rest. Before the match against Rostov we played with 10 men for about an hour. Today was the opposite thing. We played with one more for a long time. Hopefully the plane is at the airport and we can go back to Manchester and rest.feedback

We want to fight in the Premier League until it is mathematically impossible. The Premier League we cannot win, but Europa League we can. We had lots of players that were not here and the most important thing after the three points was to have no more injuries. Only [Antonio] Valencia is the one I really expect to recover and play the next match.feedback

It was open at 0-0. We were in control without danger. We were playing quite compact and solid. You need these players to break it. Every team has a couple of them. Zlatan did that. The result was good. We resisted the results of yesterday when Manchester City and Liverpool won, they left us in a position of 'yes' or 'no'. It was 'yes'. We got three points and it was a solid display. It was against a team that is sad, it's normal. Against a team that is sad, if you score before then it's difficult for them to react.feedback

You could feel the negative feeling around the team. That is felt with a team close to relegation.feedback

We felt the game was in our pocket. In this beautiful weather the game was played at a more slow intensity.feedback

He is playing amazingly well but even in the period he was not scoring goals he was important for us. We bought him for more than just to score goals.feedback

Every manager needs a bit of time and whoever is at Manchester United needs time to understand the club, its size and how it works. You can't turn it around quickly because it is a big beast.feedback

You don't get offered the Manchester United job if you're a bad manager. You only get that position if you've had something to show previously.feedback

It was his body with my brain because he was in front of me and I was making every decision for him. But he cannot play with my understanding of the game, he must understand the game, he must think and he must accelerate the process because 21 years old is old enough to have a better understanding of the game.feedback

We're still there, trying to put some pressure on to go into the last month still fighting. We're still fighting for the top four and we can win the Europa League – although it's as difficult as finishing fourth. But we have to fight for it. I'm not happy with just fighting for fourth, I want to fight for trophies.feedback

It is the only chance we have to win one more trophy. It is as difficult as finishing fourth, but it is the only competition that we can win now, so we have to fight for that. I don't want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies. We don't hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.feedback

I don't think my opinion becomes important. The power is in the Football Association's hands and they are going to make the decision which they think is the best decision. Whether I agree or disagree, my opinion is not important. I don't want to discuss because maybe it will end with you using my words and my words are not strong. I know I am the manager of Man United, I know that, but I have no right, no legal right in this situation. They [the FA] are going to do what they want to do with Marcus.feedback

I feel fit at the moment and we've got such a busy time, I haven't really given much thought to it, I've just been playing and concentrating on what we can achieve this season. Anything else can be sorted out in good time. In some ways you do [try to enjoy every moment], and in some ways it's just what I've always done. Of course, around the corner, you're thinking about how long you've got left but then you come in to training and go about your business exactly in the same way.feedback

It won't be anywhere else in England [next season], no. I've had too many good times here to do that elsewhere. I've said it for a number of months now, I'm just really enjoying playing football. When you get to this age and you come closer to the end, obviously you get asked these questions but I'm just trying to play and compete in the team and be part of the squad and see how long that takes.feedback

And because of his age and because of his happiness in the work, I think he has conditions to be even better.feedback

So we can be criticised for paying so much, but we'd also be criticised if we lost a young English player made in the academy. I know what people mean. One of Manchester United's great players told me the other day he was rich at the end of his career - now these kids are rich when they start their career. Apart from that, English, made in the academy - very important for the club these players made at home - so it is a very important contract.feedback

We have good players, they are creative players, they can create, but they are not the kind of guy that is naturally a killer. I give a simple example – in the way we play at Old Trafford, in the way we dominate opponents, in the way we play in the box, I think Chicharito would have scored 20 goals easy. Even coming from the bench for the last 10 or 20 minutes, he would have 20 goals. He is the guy that naturally the ball comes here, rebound here, rebounds there, boom, goal. The goalkeeper saves, he goes there, boom, goal. The cross is coming, he anticipates the first-post header, goal.feedback

I think Zlatan's number of goals [27] is a number for every striker. I think all the others, and I am not just speaking about the strikers, I am speaking about the attacking players with freedom, they have to reach always reach a certain number of goals which, when added between them, means a lot of victories, a lot of points, but no-one has reached that level.feedback

What makes me think we are strong is the way opponents play against us.feedback

I still think in spite of the bad results we are strong at home. Why? Because we lost only one game [to Manchester City] and we know why we lost that, because strange things happened during it. One defeat at home in all competitions. It's impossible for us to score on the counter-attack. We are not strong enough because we are not winning, we are not good enough to score the goals that we should.feedback

We are giving the opponents' goalkeeper a chance to be the man of the match so many times and I repeat what I said after the last match, it's not a criticism, but many, many decisions [by his players] have punished us during the whole season.feedback

Rooney is not available. Young is injured and there is no more news, because with Mata, Smalling and Jones you already know we are speaking about old injuries.feedback

We have some players that are not really players in love with the goal. They are good players, they are creative players, they can create but, naturally, they are not the kind of guy that is a killer.feedback

We have Marcus. We believe in Marcus, that's no doubt. Are we going to buy a striker? Maybe. Maybe.feedback

The power is in the Football Association's hands and they are going to make what they think is the best decision. Agree or disagree, my opinion is not important.feedback

What is clear is he's having an amazing experience, which after the hurricane that was last season when he came in, is giving him a hell of an experience.feedback

First of all, if you don't pay, they go. So we can be criticised for paying so much, but we would also be criticised if we lost a young English player made in the academy.feedback

Jesse has been with the club since the age of seven. He has good intelligence which, when combined with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a great future ahead of him. Jesse is a popular member of the squad and I am delighted he has signed a new contract.feedback

I feel my work is betrayed. I worked for four days in training for this match. I identified four movements where Leicester score a lot of their goals, and in two of the four situations I identified they scored their goals. I went through it all with the players, you can ask them.feedback

If I tell Uefa what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why? Why? Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen. We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that? Why?feedback

You may as well put a cow in the middle of the pitch. And then stop the game because there was a cow. You cannot do just anything in football. You have to defend with your 10 men, put the 10 men on the goal line, park the bus, but football needs a ball. Not two or zero. Do what you can to win but not everything. I think it's the mistake of the slow pitch. Before the game starts I put my hand on the surface and I thought: 'Wow, we are in trouble because we want a fast pitch and the pitch is really slow.feedback

You speak with Jamie Redknapp and he tells you everything about it. It was about winning - you have your pundits and Jamie Redknapp, who is a brilliant football brain, they can explain to you everything.feedback

I think the man responsible for the lights was in the same mood as the crowd because everyone was sleeping. It took him 20 minutes to understand that it was dark, but it took me 30 minutes to understand that the stadium was not empty. When we scored was when I realised the stadium was full.feedback

If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn't have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired. My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn't have enough players left.feedback

He works, he works, he works. He tries, he tries. He plays through the middle, he goes to the left, he goes to the right.feedback

Marcus Rashford hasn't scored a goal since September. The only thing he deserves is support. Nothing else. Support. No criticism. Support. He tries, he tries, he tries. It's easy to see, the kid is desperate. But the kid is phenomenal - amazing professional, amazing professional. So no problem. I told him just now: 'No problem, keep going.feedback

To play more direct, we don't need so much talent. We don't need so much intention. We don't need so much creativity. It becomes more mechanic.feedback

It was his body with my brain - I made every decision for him. The communication was possible because we were very close. I was thinking for him, when to close inside, when to open, when to press the opponent, I was making every decision for him. At this level we need the fantastic body he has to play football, the very good technical ability he has, but he cannot play with my understanding of the game. He must accelerate the process because he is 21 years old and that is old enough to have a better understanding of the game.feedback

He [Shaw] had a good performance but it was his body with my brain. He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him.feedback

From what I saw just now on the computer, for me it is not an offside. But I repeat, not at all am I criticising the linesman, not at all.feedback

It will be welcomed by them because it is not good when they make mistakes , even a little one like this.feedback

He needs maturity and maturity comes with responsibility. He has talent, I want to help him. I think he had a future here. But Manchester United cannot wait. We are 20 matches unbeaten in the Premier League – it is not enough because we don't win enough matches. They [the United players] fought until the last second and with the VAR we win this game 2-1 because it is not office. It's a difficult one for the linesman, I'm not criticising him at all. When the VAR comes it will help everyone, especially them.feedback

I think he has lots of potential but the football brain and the professional brain has to be in with the talent. I think in previous generations it was more difficult to be a big player, more difficult to be rich - rich after the career, at this moment they are rich when the career starts. It is not an easy life for them. I think he has to change his football brain. I was telling him just now, he was doing things in the second half because he was reacting to my voice. If he was playing on the other side, for sure he would not do it because I was not there to think for him.feedback

That disallowed goal was wrong but I am not unhappy with the linesman and I have told him so. I accept it was a difficult decision, but even after that we had chances, we hit the post, put a free header over the bar, we tried everything. You don't need so much confidence when you play that way, it's less creative and more mechanical. We tried to take a short cut by sending Marouane Fellaini to play up next to Zlatan.feedback

The kid is desperate but he works and works and tries and tries. He is an amazing professional and the only thing he deserves from me is support.feedback

[After the games against Everton and Sunderland], it's possible that you see me play in the Premier League with a team where I'm going to protect the players that I consider fundamental for the Europa League. But only - only - if the results in the next matches put us in a situation where, mathematically, it becomes almost impossible to [finish in the top four].feedback

It's difficult for Shaw to be on the bench because I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, with Darmian, with Blind. I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind.feedback

Joe Hart is an English international and is playing on loan in Italy.feedback

I don't know. We had matches here with Zlatan that we drew. He lost a penalty in the game 2-1 [against Bournemouth], he lost chances like other people did too, so I cannot say now that if Zlatan and Mata played on Saturday we win the game, I cannot say that.feedback

Joe Hart is an England international and he is on loan in Italy. I think a long time. I think Mata, Jones and Smalling for a long time. Pogba I cannot say is ready for Tuesday because I don't know but Pogba is not such a long term injury as the others.feedback

We still had Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay and we had Andreas Pereira and Tyler Blackett and James Wilson – we had a huge squad in the beginning.feedback

[I know] why a player is playing, why a player is not playing, now I am inside for 10 months and it's a long time. The second season is where the managerial point of view is easier than the first. In the second season, I know everything that is going on. I know the players I want, the players I don't want.feedback

If a player wants to move to London, enjoy London, we don't want you. I give the names, I give the options, I give the second options in case the first options are not possible but I give all the information based on my analysis, based on my experience, based on my projections for the future. But our relationship is very, very good.feedback

First of all they know I am not asking for impossible targets, I ask for difficult targets. Then it is a difficult job and they try to do the best they can and I'm sure that in the end of the summer probably we don't have exactly my first options because it's difficult to succeed in every attempt. But I'm sure that we are going to do something interesting and to improve our team for next season. What I've seen a change in is they [other managers] saying they want my players but then they don't [bid]. That I can say. Oh I want this player from Manchester United. Then no offer.feedback

I think they are part of this. Ninety per cent of what you write is because of what some father [of a player] told you, what some brother told you, what some agent told you so this is cross information all over the place. I don't think you write lies. I think you write what people tell you but sometimes people tell you lies.feedback

It's very important and the board knows that but I also know that in this moment the market is very difficult so I'm not a silly manager to say I give the names and you have to give me the players.feedback

It's flattering coming from people who have had careers like his and it means I'm playing well now, but it doesn't change the way I am. I've always tried to give everything to adapt to the league, the culture … .feedback

I am just calm and waiting for the decision. If the decision is for him to stay and he is happy with that, we are delighted with that. If his decision is to leave and try to find a different challenge, I will be also happy for him. He is [a big part of our success this season], but the human being is more important than the player and the team. If his decision is to leave and try to be happy with his family and have a different reality, so be it.feedback

I recognise that the Brazilian national team is for a Brazilian coach.feedback

I think following Manchester United I need an easier job than Manchester United. Coaching the Brazilian team should be more difficult. Obviously it would be exciting. Any coach wants to work with the best clubs and with the best. But I have to confess that it must be difficult. In every Brazilian there is a coach, in every journalist there is a better coach than the coach. I think it must be a difficult country to work for, but also a passionate one.feedback

I always try to be objective and pragmatic with the clubs and ask the clubs what can be given to me. Neymar is absurd. A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar. Although [Lionel] Messi is still a young player with years to go, he is already playing well at 30. Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona after Messi. I think it [signing Neymar] is like trying to break into a safe. Impossible.feedback

I always try to be objective and pragmatic with clubs and to ask them what they can give me. To ask for Neymar is absurd.feedback

I am just calm and waiting for the decision. If the decision is for him to stay and he is happy with that, we are delighted with that. If his decision is to leave and try to find a different challenge, I will be also happy for him. A club like Barcelona cannot and will not lose Neymar. Although [Lionel] Messi is still a young player with years ahead of him, he's almost 30, and Neymar will be the great player of Barcelona post-Messi. So much that I think it [trying to sign Neymar] is like trying to break into a safe, impossible.feedback

I don't think it's funny some of my players in six weeks play 11 matches.feedback

If you compare our situation with our opponents - West Bromwich Albion only had one player on international duty. They had time to work, time to rest and prepare. It is going to be hard.feedback

The match was on the Sunday against Lithuania and they were injured in the training session. I watched Antonio Valencia's match in Ecuador, Marcos Rojo in Bolivia, but they don't arrive until Thursday afternoon. If you compare our situation with our opponents - West Bromwich Albion only had one player on international duty. They had time to work, time to rest and prepare. It is going to be hard.feedback

I am totally against the friendly matches. I think friendly matches for the national team only make sense before the final phases. A couple of weeks before the Euros or a couple of weeks before the World Cup makes sense. But mid-season friendly matches mixed with qualification matches, I don't think that makes sense. On top of that the matches are not really big matches so I am not a big fan. But I think one day I will be there so I cannot be very critical. I don't know how but both central defenders got injured in the English camp even before the match.feedback

So we lose four [players] and I think Paul Pogba is also out, so we lose five.feedback

I watched Valencia's match yesterday in Ecuador, Marcos Rojo in Bolivia, but they don't arrive until Thursday afternoon.feedback

With Florentino Perez and his right arm Jose Angel Sanchez, they are some of the people in football that I can say I did not 'work' for them and then it was over. I can say that we are friends forever, big friends. I like them a lot. Friends speak, friends are open, friends are honest.feedback

I will not play one game by being Ibrahimovic from what I did before. If I don't perform, if I don't bring the results, I go, because I will not be like other players playing because they had a great career and because they are who they are.feedback

I came as a person that wants to relax and enjoy the nice weather, unlike the rainy weather in Manchester.feedback

I have no hidden cause, I just came to enjoy my free days and visit some friends like Predrag Mijatovic and Davor Suker. I know everyone believes I came to watch some players, but in football today you don't have to travel around in order to see some players, I know all of them well.feedback

Everything that surrounds them does not help them in their life nor in my work.feedback

I had to understand the difference between working with a boy like Frank Lampard, who, at the age of 23 was already a man, who thought football, work, professionalism, and the new boys who at the age of 23 are kids. Today I call them 'boys' not 'men'. Because I think that they are brats and that everything that surrounds them does not help them in their life nor in my work. I had to adjust to all that. Ten years ago, no player had a mobile phone in the dressing room. That is no longer the case.feedback

But you have to go with it because if you fight that, you are bringing about conflict and you put yourself in the stone age.feedback

He will be much better prepared and conditioned in case his future decision [is] to leave the club – he will be prepared to go to competition. If he stays with us he becomes one more option.feedback

That is not true. This season, we have an enormous percentage of ball possession in almost all our matches. But again, everything depends on the technical characteristics of the players that you have at your disposal. On what will enable the team to win.feedback

My team plays in this way or that way because that corresponds to the players that I have. It is as simple as that. If I tried to play on the counter with Manchester United, I am in s**t. If you want to play possession with a team where the players dribble a lot, take the maximum risks, push forward quickly, I would kill the potential of the players.feedback

People sometimes confuse ball possession with the number of goals you score. They forget that the aim is to always score and win. At Real, I had a team that broke the record for the number of goals scored in the history of the Spanish league: 121 goals in one season. It was the best in the world in terms of transition play, in terms of being effective in recovery, and then in terms of projecting the ball towards the goal.feedback

Cristiano Ronaldo was 27, [Angel] Di Maria was 23, [Karim] Benzema and [Gonzalo] Higuain were 23 or 24. It was the team that killed everyone. Why would I change that? Because the Manchester United team is different. It is slower. They do not have quick players and have a desire to have the ball, in order to be dominant with play.feedback

I could have said to Di Maria, who was faster than an arrow: 'You do not dribble, you play with one touch, you pass the ball, because I do not want to lose'. But I prefer to play with the qualities that my players have.feedback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs touches of the ball in order to play. [Ander] Herrera, [Michael] Carrick and [Paul] Pogba, too. Sometimes, in the last 20 minutes, I explore other options, and I put Marcus Rashford on to go in another direction. But, generally, I try to make do with the qualities that my players have.feedback

Despite the interest which has been shown from other clubs, for which I'm grateful, I want to end recent speculation and say that I am staying at Manchester United. I hope I will play a full part in helping the team in its fight for success on four fronts. It's an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part of it.feedback

Mind games, which involve trying to manipulate someone psychologically through the media, are a way to create a state of thinking, but they're most effective when you have a team full of personalities who are ready to take that kind of talk on board.feedback

You have to adapt to the reality of the club, its needs and its demands. It is called being intelligent. The priority is to establish relations of peace and love in a group, to create stability.feedback

I can understand if you don't have any help in relation to the Premier League, but I don't understand not having any help in relation to European football. I am saying this for many, many years. I've said this even from my first spell between 2004 and 2008. I don't ask for me, I ask for everyone. I think they don't give an 'S.feedback

They don't give an 'S' about English teams in Europe. They simply don't care. There are other interests that are more important.feedback

But he is so respectful that he becomes even a little shy in this approach. We have to make him feel loved.feedback

Rashford is in trouble to score a goal. It's really difficult to score a goal for him.feedback

His movement is top class. His dynamic is second to no one; so intelligent, so sharp, the first touch to put the ball in the best positions to attack the space, to attack the goal.feedback

I don't have news, for the next two days I don't want news. We played differently. We gave more of the ball to the opponent. We dropped the line a little bit back, we attacked the spaces.feedback

No Zlatan, no Pogba, no Mkhitaryan, we lost people that want to control the game by having the ball.feedback

In England the clubs are so powerful economically that the market is open to everyone. Take the example of Bayern in Germany. Do you know when they start winning the title every year? The previous summer, when they buy Borussia Dortmund's best player! Götze, then Lewandowski the following year, then Hummels last year.feedback

We have lots of enemies. Normally it would just be Rostov but we have a lot more. It is difficult to play Monday with 10 men [United lost an FA Cup tie 1-0 to Chelsea after Ander Herrera was sent off], it is difficult to play now, it is difficult to play at 12 o'clock on a Sunday. We will probably lose at Middlesbrough now. Fatigue has a price.feedback

[I enjoyed] the attitude, the desire and our way of thinking. We don't have A, B, C, D, E, F and G – but we have L, M, N... S, O, P. It's fantastic because in the same week we manage to go to the quarter-finals of the Europa League and we get these three points which keep us in the race for fourth position.feedback

We still have two doors open to play Champions League football next season, and that's the good thing of the week.feedback

These guys, they gave absolutely everything. We started the game well, [Middlesbrough's Victor] Valdes made three fantastic saves before our first goal.feedback

[I applaud] our attitude and desire and our way of thinking. We don't have plan B, C, D, E, F and G - but we have M, N, O, P and S. It is fantastic because we manage in the same week, to go to the quarter-finals of the Europa League which is an important target for us. At the same time, we got these three points that keep us in the race for the fourth position so we still have two doors for Champions League football next season. These guys gave everything, we started the game really well. Valdes made three fantastic saves before our first goal. We controlled everything until our second goal.feedback

Yeah, big win, because it keeps us alive in the fourth-position race. If we don't win today then we lose a chance in relation to Arsenal's defeat, to Manchester City v Liverpool. I'd prefer to win the Europa League because it gives us the same, Champions League football, but it gives us a trophy, prestige, a European Super Cup. But maybe we don't win the Europa League. So we have to fight to try to finish fourth. It's a massive victory for us.feedback

I don't have news. For the next two days, I don't want news. Marcus is a completely different player to Zlatan. We have to try to play adapting to his qualities. He had something with his ankle. It looks minor stuff for me. I hope he can go.feedback

I would prefer the break for the players, not for me. Do I need a break? Yes, I need two days. The players need more.feedback

I think the club got so used to winning and having success, maybe they didn't realise other clubs were growing, even when Sir Alex was in his last years at the club. The Premier League were creating conditions for the other clubs to become financially powerful and that has definitely transformed the league. United had a bit of everything happening at the same time.feedback

[A minimum of] Three years, I think I will be here, I think the club understood the necessity to give stability to all levels. I believe if we do that, even without a massive success, which is harder in football, even more so in England, but with some type of success, I see myself staying here if they want me to stay. I'm not a type of person to be at a club 10, 15 years, without real success. I need to have true success, my life is like that, I need that pride and happiness. In all honesty, I would like things to go well and be here many years.feedback

We play Sunday 12:00? Why? Why us? It's going to be even more difficult for us. But we go until our limit, like Marcos Rojo did on Thursday.feedback

We have lots of enemies. It's difficult to play Monday night. It's difficult to play Monday night with 10 men. It's difficult to play [Thursday]. It's difficult to play Sunday at 12:00. So we have lots of enemies. Why don't we play five o'clock? Maybe Monday, okay, you can say the players have to go to the national team, there is a reason. But why do we play Sunday at 12:00? That makes no sense.feedback

We should be the last team to play at the weekend. It's as simple as that. We should play Monday, or the last match on Sunday, not 12:00. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right.feedback

My time in Italy was when the Italians decided that, when clubs go to the knockout stages of the Europa League and Champions League, the week before, if they play Tuesday or Wednesday, they play on the Friday. In Portugal, every time in Europe plays on the next Monday. Every country is doing that, Germany are doing that.feedback

We should be the last team to play in the weekend, it is as simple as that. We should play Monday. Or we should play the last match on Sunday. Not 12 o'clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right?feedback

I did not think it was a funny situation. When I watch marathons, when I watch other sports and people go to the limit, I don't think it's funny. I don't think it's funny that some of our players have played 11 matches in six weeks.feedback

Sir Alex would play me at right-back in a few games and I think he gradually began to realise that I could defend. David Moyes also used me in that role in a few games. Then came [Louis] van Gaal and he played me there in a lot of games. I did a good job there and he continued to play me at right-back. Now the gaffer has come here and he's given me the opportunity to keep working up and down that right-hand side, which I'm enjoying.feedback

And that's what I said to him, It doesn't make sense that we're playing in London and go on a private train and you, Sir Alex, will go by car. You're not going by car. No. Go by train, with the team. In our head there are no ghosts, no complexes, no such thing. There have been situations at the end of the game where Sir Bobby Charlton comes down, the executive director Ed Woodward comes down, and Sir Alex, who is with them, does not come to the dressing room. That kind of situation, I already said that makes absolutely no sense.feedback

I think he deserves to be sacked. Because, in the first year, when he arrived, the team was going to League One and he saved the team. In the second year, he took them to Wembley to play in the play-off final. In the third year, he had direct promotion. I think, in the fourth year, he deserves to be sacked.feedback

I was just not good enough for him. That's OK. I'll show my quality here.feedback

This season Mr Michael Oliver, he is a referee with fantastic potential, but with Manchester United we are a bit unlucky. In four matches, three penalties and one red card, and [the red card was] in such an early moment of the game. But, again, I cannot change that. When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two. Until this moment Judas is number one.feedback

It's the simple criteria of 'we give you so much money', which is true, and we appreciate that. Without their money, the Premier League wouldn't be the Premier League, the clubs wouldn't be as rich as they are so yes, they are totally right and we have to tell them thank you for the Premier League they are building.feedback

We should be the last team to play at the weekend. It's as simple as that. We should play Monday, or the last match on Sunday, not 12 o'clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right. But I think you can do that and just have a little finger, a little touch. Can you give me an explanation why we play Sunday at 12 o'clock? Nobody can give me the explanation. So I think it's just a little bit of common sense, if they want. Or, if they're happy that we have one English club in the Champions League and one in the Europa League... wow.feedback

My team's injury records are very, very good. It's very difficult for my players to have injuries. [Pogba] was an accumulation of fatigue. He was feeling something in the first half and in the second half he immediately felt he couldn't carry on. Even a physical monster like him felt it.feedback

But of course, he was one of the players who never had a rest because he's played every game. Even against Blackburn [in the FA Cup], he was on the bench and he had to come on for the last half an hour, so he's playing every game. So that's normal. I think the Monday game, more than an hour of 11 against 10, also had a price. Paul is paying the price.feedback

I think they don't give an 's' about English teams in Europe. They simply don't care. I can understand you don't have any help in relation to the Premier League but I don't understand that you don't have any help in relation to European football. I've being saying this for many, many, many years, even from my first spell in England. I don't ask for me, I ask for everyone. There are other interests that are more important. Every country, they try to give support to teams in European football, but here it's difficult.feedback

I think they don't give an 's' about English teams in Europe. They simply don't care. I can understand you don't have any help in relation to the Premier League but I don't understand that you don't have any help in relation to European football. I've being saying this for many, many, many years, even from my first spell in England. I don't think it's funny that some of my players [played] six weeks, 11 matches, played last Monday with 10 men, enjoyed five hours on the M6 coming back to Manchester, and some of them, like Marcos, were at their limit.feedback

For some, the banana story was a funny situation but I don't think it was. When I watch marathons, when I watch other sports where people go to the limit, I don't think it's funny.feedback

I can't speak about individual clubs. Definitely. I love this football club. The day I will be done, I'll know myself. I know my body and I'll say, Yes, I'm done.feedback

I am very disappointed [at City going out]. I am not making fun of it. It's bad for us for many reasons. It's bad for us as an English club and it's bad for us as all of the five teams in front of us in the Premier League don't have international football. They will be playing one match a week, like some of them have been doing since the beginning of the season. They don't know what fatigue is, they don't know what accumulation is, they don't know what it is like to go home and not sleep because of fatigue. We will fight to our limits - that's what we have to do.feedback

I get the idea that the Premier League just expects everyone to be grateful for all the money it makes. But with a little common sense things could be better for everyone. Aren't we good enough in the Premier League to have more teams in Europe at this stage? I don't ask for me, but for all the English teams. Is the Premier League happy to have just one English club in the Champions League and one in the Europa League?feedback

We have played 11 matches in the last six weeks and it is going to get worse for us and easier for the other five teams. It is not just Chelsea and Liverpool any more; Arsenal, Tottenham and City are all out too.feedback

When I was in Italy if you had a Champions League game coming up you could move your league match the previous weekend to Friday night. In Portugal a team playing on the Wednesday in Europe could play its next domestic game on the Monday. This never happens here, and it makes no sense. Nobody can give me an explanation of why we are playing this Sunday at 12 o'clock.feedback

I don't understand why we don't receive any help from the Premier League in relation to European football. We now have to play Middlesbrough at 12 o'clock on Sunday. Why? It should be Monday night, or at least the last game on Sunday. Every other country gives its support to teams playing in Europe but I don't think the Premier League gives an 'S.feedback

It was an accumulation of fatigue. Paul was already feeling something in the first half – even a physical monster like him is not immune to it. He is another who has been playing in every game. We tried to rest him in the Cup tie at Blackburn but he had to come on, and now he is paying the price.feedback

We played 11 matches in the last six weeks and it's going to get worse and it's going to get easier for the other teams. I think they [the authorities] don't give an 's' [s---] about the English teams in the Europa.feedback

Zlatan is not a surprise for me. I know the personality, I know the body, I know the ambition that brought him here.feedback

It's difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it's difficult to play now, it's difficult to play 12 o'clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies. A lot of people might say we should have scored more goals. But a lot of things are going against us. The boys are amazing boys. We will probably lose the game on Sunday. Fatigue has a price. I will remember forever when I spoke to the UEFA delegate in Rostov. He told me if any of our players gets injured, the insurance paid. Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way.feedback

Because of the nature of the club, and of myself, we are ready to fight for every game, every point, of that there is no doubt. But there is a space between the general ambition of such a giant club and what we are in reality.feedback

Many other teams in England are going to finish the season without a trophy and we have one-and-a-half which is good.feedback

[Losing] affects my mood always. But I have found a certain balance. After a bad result at home would I make a joke 10 years ago? I don't think so. But I have changed. I change but I keep my nature and that is [with] a bad result you are not happy.feedback

I'd like to [stay], I am really happy. I will stay here until the owners and the board don't want me.feedback

I won so many matches and titles in my career the other way round, being safe, being in control and waiting for the mistake. I bite you, goodbye. Now we have to kill matches to have the complete pleasure. We are missing this.feedback

I am enjoying every moment of it. It is hard. It is difficult, but I knew that before. Manchester United has a name and a prestige and something magical in football that attracts everyone.feedback

The relation between our true potential and the expectations we create, there is a gap. We are not ready to be Manchester United. We are not ready to be a dominant force. We are not ready to try and win everything.feedback

I am not saying bigger. It was easier to get the objectives at the other clubs than here. I found a sad club [here]. Man Utd sold players that I would never sell, bought players that I would never buy. I would never sell Di Maria, Chicharito [Hernandez], Danny Welbeck. Never. No chance.feedback

Forget it, it is not possible, don't try to go 10, 20 years ago because it is not possible any more.feedback

Man Utd is very powerful. It doesn't need to be in the Champions League to attract the best players. Last summer, we got players who could be playing in the Champions League. Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] could be in Paris [with PSG], [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan could be in Borussia [Dortmund]. [Paul] Pogba could be at Juve. We were able to attract the players because they know Manchester United sooner or later will get there. If any player decides not to come because of that I am happy that they are not coming.feedback

Zlatan could still be in Paris. Mkhitaryan could be at Borussia Dortmund. Pogba could be at Juventus. We were able to attract the players because they know that Manchester United sooner or later will get there. It isn't easy for Pogba, The country is so different to Italian football. It is hard for him. I'm not disappointed at all. The most important thing is his personality. He is professional and he will improve for sure. Could he do it in the best league in the world? He has done it everywhere else. He's doing amazingly well.feedback

If any player decides not to come because of that, then I am happy that they are not coming.feedback

It's hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field - if you can call it a field. In a very similar pitch in the summer in China, we and Manchester City decided not to play. But it looks like we have to play.feedback

We have lots of enemies. Normally it would just be Rostov but we have a lot more. It is difficult to play Monday with 10 men, it is difficult to play now, it is difficult to play at 12 o'clock on a Sunday. We will probably lose at Middlesbrough now. Fatigue has a price. I found a sad club.feedback

They defend with a block of 10 players and that makes it hard. Our plan was to try and kill the game in the first half when we still had energy, but it didn't happen and in the second half it began to run out. It might have been different had we scored in the first half but the nearest we came was hitting the post.feedback

Rooney is injured. He had some kick in his knee area, so he can't even come out to the pitch. He stays inside the medical department.feedback

It is a big boost to have Ibra for this game, but we never cry about who we have and who we don't have. He can play now and he cannot play the next game. That is not a problem.feedback

Martial was injured for the game against Chelsea and could not play. If you are still injured for Monday's game, you are still injured on Tuesday morning's training as well, so he is not an option for Thursday. Rooney is still injured as well, some kick in his knee area, so he cannot even come out to the pitch. He stays inside the medical department. We will have the same players available as for the game against Chelsea, plus Ibrahimovic.feedback

He needs respect, his family deserve respect. He is from a working family, a family with three boys and I am sure they need a lot of food on their table each day because they are all giants, so I'm sure that the mum and dad had to work hard for many, many years for them. A kid that comes to Manchester as a teen to fight for his career here and was not afraid to work for a better life. He reached the top of the world, nobody gave him anything.feedback

I am very happy with Paul. The club is very happy with Paul and I think the good thing is because of his personality he does not listen to what people say. He does not give an ass about criticism.feedback

The Europa League is a very important competition for us, we said that right from the start. Several things went against us in the last game: first we had to play on a Monday, second we had to play with 10 men, and third was to have a promenade on the M6 [United's intended flight from Heathrow did not materialise and the squad had to return home by coach]. The fans know that, and against Rostov we believe they will give us extra energy to fight to reach the quarter-final.feedback

He (Martial) was injured for the Chelsea match and could not be selected and if you are injured for the Monday night game, injured for Tuesday training session, he is out of my mind. We have the same players we had in the last match plus Ibrahimovic. Rooney is injured. He had a kick in his knee area so he stays in the medical department. We are going to do everything we can to try and get to the quarter final but at 1-1 leave everything is open. We know Rostov are a very good team. I know how they played so many matches away against big opponents.feedback

I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that, and envy is coming into certain levels so that I am scared, especially for the next generation, if things go in this direction. The first gift is to play Monday and then the next gift is (to play with) ten men and then the third gift was to have a promenade on the M6, but we are professional so the next morning we were here to train. The only thing I tell you is that my players did what everybody could see on the Monday night and Tuesday at 12 o'clock they were here to train again as they are great professionals.feedback

They have Champions League experience so they are coming to discuss the result. One-one is a doubtful result.feedback

We had one gift and we thought one gift was enough. We thought two was too much. And then came the third gift.feedback

We have to be positive, the players were phenomenal but I refer to one because he's the one that the specialists enjoy to go after because, in their time, they were not getting 10 per cent of the money he is getting. It probably comes from envy, but for me Paul Pogba was by far the best player on the pitch.feedback

He was a giant on the pitch. After him, all my other boys were fantastic.feedback

They can call me what they want. I am a professional. I defend my club. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I'm the No 1. When they have somebody who wins four Premier Leagues for them, I'll be No 2. For this moment, Judas is No 1.feedback

You know our opponents could. I left the club last season in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group, in the knockout phase playing the second leg at home. If they won the Champions League last year, they'd be playing in Europe this season. It's not my fault. It's the ones that stayed here and didn't win the Champions League. What I share with them is that we didn't have a good Premier League, and I share responsibility with that.feedback

Nobody had one single word from us crying about it. The only thing we spoke about is the fact we are playing in Europe and our opponents aren't.feedback

They can call me what they want. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I'm the number one. When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two. Until this moment Judas is number one. It's my fault and the players' fault.feedback

The only thing is we are playing in Europe and our opponent isn't. Our opponent could because when I left the club last season I left them in the Champions League, winning the Champions League group and qualifying for the Champions League knockout group.feedback

But I don't want to go in that direction. This season Mr Michael Oliver, he is a referee with fantastic potential, but with Manchester United we are a bit unlucky. In four matches, three penalties and one red card, and [the red card was] in such an early moment of the game.feedback

I just want to say that I'm really proud of my players, proud of the Manchester United fans. We have a very important match on Thursday [against Rostov in the Europa League] and I want to try to rest a little bit to prepare the team the best we can for Thursday's match and that's the most important thing. Then we can compare the decisions of these two yellow cards in this case the second yellow card with other ones that weren't given.feedback

In four matches, three penalties and one red card, and [the red card was] in such an early moment of the game.feedback

But, again, I cannot change that but I can try to interfere in Thursday's match.feedback

Of course we can analyse in different perspectives, everyone can. But I think we all watched the match until the red card, and after the red card. Then we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case the second yellow card, with other ones that were not given but I don't want to go in that direction.feedback

But the reality is that he got a situation in his hands where they have time to work, time to rest, time to relax, time to disconnect, time to travel, time to have holidays, time to go and enjoy America for a couple of days, they have time for all of these things, so they are in a position of privilege, the same privilege that Liverpool had a couple of years ago when they almost won the Premier League.feedback

So for me it's just a game that comes in the wrong moment for us, because the Europa League is a competition that can give us a Champions League spot, and the FA Cup does not. So the Europa League is more important than the FA Cup for us.feedback

But I don't want to say that they don't deserve credit for it. I know what I did at Chelsea but I am the kind of guy that when I move I have no regrets and I am not looking for bad feelings at all. It's just another game for me. Am I sadder to lose against Chelsea than against another team? No. Am I happier to win against Chelsea than another team? No.feedback

The most difficult thing to have is the time to work [on the training pitch] and they have time to work. I know that he [Conte] said a couple of weeks ago that it's not his fault that they are not in the European competitions - it's my fault and the players' fault.feedback

I am surprised with the way they play. I am surprised because I thought they were demanding a different kind of football. Chelsea are an amazing defensive team. They defend a lot, and then they kill opponents on the counter-attack.feedback

When you arrive at this level of the FA Cup... it's a top competition for all so, for this reason, I want to make the best decision for the game against United. We didn't play during the week.feedback

The difference is they play with five at the back and I played four at the back, but the same criteria, a very strong team to defend and a team that kills on the counter attack, and they are doing very well and that is why they are going to be champions easily.feedback

It is one defeat in so many matches and it is one defeat that you can allow because it's the defeat that gets you into the [EFL] final so when we were losing that match against Hull [City], we did not need to fight [for an equaliser], we just needed to fight to keep in the tie to get into the final, and with that defeat we got into the final so I do not consider it as a defeat.feedback

For me Chelsea is just a game that comes in the wrong moment for us, because the Europa League is a competition that can give us a Champions League spot, and the FA Cup, it isn't so the Europa League is more important than the FA Cup for us.feedback

They have time for all of these things, so they are in a position of privilege, the same privilege that Liverpool had a couple of years ago and they almost won the Premier League [2013-14]. But I don't want to say that they don't deserve credit for it. They choose a certain style of play that is very adapted to the qualities of these players, they defend a lot and well, and they counter attack and kill opponents on the counter attack similar to my Chelsea.feedback

The most difficult thing to have is time to work, and they have time to work. I know that Conte told a couple of days ago or a couple of weeks ago that it's not his fault that they are not in the European competitions, it's my fault and the players' fault. But the reality is that he got in his hands a situation where they have time to work, time to rest, time to relax, time to disconnect, time to travel, time to have holidays, time to go to America [Thibaut Courtois] and enjoy America for a couple of days.feedback

I work a lot but that's what I like. I love the club. I feel that I am here for much more time because the connection is so good with everyone. The hard part is the expectation because of the club's history. I am also a little bit guilty of it because I am used to winning trophies in every club. The relationship between our true potential and the expectations, there is a gap and that gap is the most difficult thing.feedback

I am not looking for revenge, I'm not looking for anything wrong or bad. If you say something special, maybe special, one thing is to have Gary Staker in the tunnel before and after the match. A close super friend. If it's different, it's different in a positive way. It is not different in a negative way. I thought they were demanding of a different kind of football because I think Chelsea is phenomenal. I think Chelsea is an amazing defensive team.feedback

We have to keep getting points in the Premier League to keep our chances open and if we get through the knockout round here, we're in the quarter-finals and feel the door is open.feedback

It was a very good performance in relation to the conditions. It was impossible to play better, impossible to play a passing game. We played what the game demanded and we played well. We made one defensive mistake. So we have to try. We have a trophy in our pocket, which is a good feeling for everyone. Now we have the Premier League for the fight for the top four and we have the Europa League fight for Rostov.feedback

But now we have the Premier League to fight for the top four, and the Europa League to fight to beat Rostov.feedback

We have to try by every means. We have a trophy in our pocket which is always a good feeling for everyone.feedback

Manchester United is too big, it is the winner of the competition. It is not Chelsea's fault that we were given this Monday match so we have to make changes for sure because we play Monday and Rostov play Sunday, but we can't go to Stamford Bridge with a Nicky Butt team. We have to keep getting points in the Premier League to let us go to the last month with that door open, and in the Europa League if we manage to go through this round you get to the quarter-final and then you feel the door is open.feedback

It's a bad draw in every aspect. It's far and is difficult. It's far and comes in a bad period for us. It's difficult because they are a very difficult team; they had a very good Champions League campaign. They had a very difficult group with Bayern and Atletico but they managed important results against them.feedback

We don't want to speak about the pitch now, it is not time for that, Rostov are a strong side. They played well with their style of play, five at the back and three in front, they are well organised. They are difficult opponents.feedback

I told one gentleman from UEFA of my concerns. He just told me the players are insured, so what happens to them is no problem. And I do not know what team to play, really. I do not know if Mkhitaryan is going to play. I do not know.feedback

It is hard for me to believe that we are going to play on that field, if you can call it a field. I have a lot to think about because I was expecting something more playable. In a very similar pitch in the summer in China we decided not to play, but it looks like we have to play. I was analysing these very good opponents that we did not speak about yet, and in their previous matches against Bayern, Ajax, Atletico Madrid, in all these matches it looked for me a very playable pitch. I was very surprised with what I found here.feedback

For now it's just to play against Rostov, play against Chelsea, play against Rostov again and then let's see how we are in all the competitions and try to make the right decisions.feedback

To finish second [in the Premier League] is better than to finish third and to finish third is better than fourth and fourth is obviously better than not being in the top four and not going to the Champions League. The second position is very difficult but it's very possible. First is impossible. Second is possible and we have to fight for it.feedback

The Europa League is very difficult but it's a target for us and if we beat Rostov and we find ourselves in the quarter-final, then we have to think really seriously about the Europa League because in this moment we are still in the last 16. [With] the last 16 we are still far [away from the final] but when a team gets into the last eight, and you go to the quarter-final draw, you smell the final.feedback

It's still hard for me to believe we are going to play tomorrow. I know we have to, but it is hard for me to believe we are going to play tomorrow in that field, if you can call it a field. I don't know what team to play, really. I don't know if Henrikh Mkhitaryan is going to play. I have now a lot to think about because I was expecting something more playable. It was a very similar pitch in the summer in China when we and Manchester City decided not to play, but it looks like we have to play.feedback

For now it's just play – play against Rostov, play against Chelsea [in the FA Cup quarter-final on Monday], play against Rostov again and then let's see how we are in all the competitions, and try to make the right decisions. To finish second is better than to finish third, and to finish third is better than fourth and fourth is obviously better than not being in top four and not going to the Champions League. The second position is very difficult but it's very possible. First is impossible. Second is possible and we have to fight for it.feedback

I would say it is just [about] details – the player that you feel cannot play three matches in a row, you have to think which one he rests. The player that has a small injury but can play is better to play and risk, or is it better not to play and then you save him for the next two?feedback

This kind of situation, yes, so if you ask me do I know something about Rostov, I know a lot about Rostov, I had to do my work exactly because of this [juggling]: how do they play, how am I going to play against them, which players can be fundamental for me there? So maybe I don't play him against Bournemouth [last Saturday] or Chelsea because I have Rostov two days after [in the return]. I have to think about different matches at the same time.feedback

The Europa League is very difficult but it's a target for us and if we beat Rostov and we find ourselves in the quarter-final, then we have to think really seriously about the Europa League because in this moment we are still in the last 16.feedback

For now it's just to play against Rostov, play against Chelsea, play against Rostov again and then let's see how we are in all the competitions and try to make the right decisions. To finish second [in the Premier League] is better than to finish third and to finish third is better than fourth and fourth is obviously better than not being in the top four and not going to the Champions League. The second position is very difficult but it's very possible. First is impossible. Second is possible and we have to fight for it.feedback

[With] the last 16 we are still far [away from the final] but when a team get into the last eight, and you go to the quarter-final draw, you smell the final. The quarter final – you smell the final and then in a certain period of the season I have to analyse my team, the players, the condition of everyone and I have to make choices. I have to make choices but choices that I would always share with my owners, with my board.feedback

I love to play football. It is a lot of games, but I don't think this is an excuse. I have been doing this for 15 years and play 50-70 games a year.feedback

Are we dead in relation to the top four? No. We are not dead – there are matches to play, points to win, points to lose, points to fight for – but the reality is we are losing too many points at home. If you look at the points we've lost at home – all the matches where we draw – if you accumulate these points, you're thinking about 10 or 12 and, with these points we wouldn't just be speaking about the top four – we'd be speaking about the top two or the top one.feedback

Making fun of it, we stopped practising penalties because we were four or five months without a penalty. Zlatan, Pogba - these guys stopped training penalties and then, when a penalty comes, they are not ready to take it. That is it - in a funny way. It was more of the same again. The man of the match was the opposition goalkeeper.feedback

We are not the kind of generation that goes to the media and cries about what happened. We are from that generation of street football and football for big guys. So what happens, happens. Game over. What counts is the result and nothing else matters for us. The reality is that we are losing too many points at home. We have to move on to other things.feedback

Probably these guys at other clubs in the Premier League have two or three days off, time to disconnect, and we have got to go to Russia, to Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday. We have to move on and go for the next one.feedback

If you accumulate all those points [dropped], you are talking 10 or 12 points and then you are not just talking about the top four but speaking about the top two or top one.feedback

What happened was that we played phenomenal in the first half and should have been winning 3-0 or 4-0 – then it ended up 1-1. In the second half, we played different team with a man less. I understand their need for one point in the survival battle and they just defended to make it difficult for us … We felt pressure of the clock running down and lost the quality of our attacking football.feedback

Luke Shaw, I have good news for you, he is selected tomorrow. He is in the list. One step up from not being selected. Not even on the bench. Now again he is like Wayne (Rooney) - playing or on the bench. He becomes an option again for us. Okay. I only can say that in the final, with the result 2-2, with the team in difficulty, with the team possibly going to play 40 more minutes, Rooney was ready to go onto the pitch.feedback

Luke is working hard. He's trying to improve. He improves by the physical point of view. With good education and good specific work.feedback

So he's not a player you play in the last minute, to give hm a gift to be in a wining final, he's a player you trust and you are going to play, with making probably your crucial change. So, until the end of the season, 100 per cent he is with us. Next season, I would like him to be with us, but he is always a player who is always very important, but I cannot say [100 per cent he will be at United]. He is selected for tomorrow with possibilities to play – to start or to be on the bench.feedback

Obviously he needs opportunities to feel alive and minutes on the pitch, to show the evolution is not just physical, but globally.feedback

So, since the moment he decided to stay and help the team and to fight for the team, he is an important player for us, and I think by giving you these two little – or big tales - I'm telling you all the talk about Everton makes no sense. I see him staying with us because the initial agreement was for to come to him for one year plus us to have the option so I see him staying with us. It's an amazingly successful year for him, it doesn't matter what is going to happen until end of the season.feedback

I think a long time. I think Mata, Jones and Smalling for a long time. Pogba I cannot say is ready for Tuesday because I don't know but Pogba is not such a long-term injury as the others.feedback

I think the one that should be in a couple of years the best of all, because potentially he should have all the conditions to be the best of all, is Luke Shaw.feedback

It's difficult for him to be on the bench because I cannot compare him with Ashley Young, with Darmian, with Blind. I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind. By age, by physicality, by intensity, by being aggressive going forward, he should be the best. But to be the best you need to work hard. It's what he's trying to do.feedback

I comment on the football. And I think on the big decisions in the game Kevin Friend was very good. The penalty of Jones was a clear penalty, the penalty of Smith was a clear penalty so the two big decisions of the game were good. If you ask me that I am happy if Tyrone Mings gets three or four or five matches ban, I really don't care about it. He knows what he did. He knows better than the referee the intention or the emotion of the moment.feedback

In practical terms we have lots of left-backs. It doesn't look like it but the reality is that [Daley] Blind, Shaw, [Marcos] Rojo, Darmian are all playing left back and can play there. They are different players. I think the one that should be in the couple of years the best of all -- because potentially he should have all the conditions to be the best of all -- is Luke Shaw. By age, by physicality, by intensity, by being aggressive going forward, he should be the best. But to be the best you need to work hard. It's what he's trying to do.feedback

So why not this season, if he can do something special? If he can win more trophies, reach Stockholm and the Europa League final. Why not this man, who is 35 years old, to get that deserved award?feedback

I think what he has done is amazing. The number of goals he's scored, the two matches at Wembley, the trophies, what he is in the group, and what he means. I think he is absolutely phenomenal. No more words. I just gave an interview to a big French magazine with big responsibilities in these big awards, the FIFA Golden Ball and so on. I know about Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. I know what they are and what they are doing but I can't believe this big man, with the career he's having, I can't believe he's never won it.feedback

Mkhitaryan is still out. He didn't recover in time for this game [against Bournemouth]. I believe, during the next week, especially for the weekend [ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge], he will be fine and we don't have major problems. Bastian [Schweinsteiger] has a little thing but, apart from that, everybody is fine. I told them [the squad] already a player that is not even selected can start the next match and this is the reality. We have to go match after match.feedback

I think Manchester United learned I'm not the monster that you say I am. I'm not such a bad guy, an arrogant guy, a difficult person to work with.feedback

I think Manchester United learn I am not the monster that you [sections of media] say I am. I'm not such a bad guy, an arrogant guy, a difficult person to work with. At least until now nobody at the training ground runs away when I arrive. So people are quite happy to have me around and to work with me, the relation with the players is very good and with my owners and my board the relation I don't think is just professional, it's also a relation of trust and a relation that goes further than the contract, the manager, the owner, the board.feedback

Luke is selected for tomorrow so you won't need to have the guys at The Lowry [team hotel] to take the pictures to see if he's selected. He's in the list, so one step up from not being in the final. Not even on the bench and now again, like Wayne [Rooney], he's selected, playing or on the bench. He becomes again an option to us.feedback

I have no issue with this. He [Koeman] told the same for two months about Memphis Depay and then Memphis Depay went to Lyon and they didn't make an offer for Memphis Depay, so for me, no problem. We need to improve for the next step. We lost players that were not very important in our first choices. But we lost Depay, Schneiderlin and got nobody. At the end of the season, every club, there's always two players to go in, three players to go out. That's normal. There will be something normal to improve our team globally.feedback

Luke is working hard, he's trying to improve. He improved by the physical point of view by good dedication, specific work and now he needs some opportunities to feel alive; he needs minutes on the pitch to show evolution is not physical but global because a player is not just a better physical condition.feedback

By age, by physicality, by intensity, aggressive going forward, he should be the best. But to be the best you need to work hard. It's what he's trying to do.feedback

Go! Cry! You're such a baby. Go take a shower. We don't need you.feedback

Oh, are you giving up now? You're such a coward. What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone?feedback

He won the game for us. He was outstanding. He made the difference and he gave us the cup.feedback

Yes, I threw it away. In the same week was Champions League against Barcelona and the cup final against Liverpool and in the middle of it we had FA Cup against Newcastle and I threw it away, I gambled too much. So I don't throw it away. If I lose, I lose because the opponent was better. I am not going to throw it away. We go to Blackburn with that respect… So I go serious. I'm going with a good team and I respect the competition a lot.feedback

Sixteen games unbeaten is an amazing record.feedback

In the first half the football was fabulous. The fans got behind the team just before we scored the goal because we were phenomenal.feedback

Martial deserves the chance. He has worked harder than ever in the last two weeks in the way I like – silence but hard.feedback

When you score a goal against these teams you don't win 1-0. You win three or 4-0 because the game is open and they have to play a different way.feedback

In teams that want to win things you need consistency in the individuals. We are not consistent. We miss easy chances, we have moments or periods where we push really but then a couple of players they disappear and they have 10 minutes where we don't see them.feedback

Today for 90 minutes Valencia was consistent, Ashley Young was consistent, Marcos Rojo was consistent, Bailly was consistent, Fellaini was consistent, Carrick was consistent, and the other ones were not consistent. The other ones were a flash of talent, a glimpse of talent, one good action, almost a goal. And we need to kill opponents. This is déjà vu all season.feedback

It's very important to get signings done early and the board knows that.feedback

[I know] why a player is playing, why a player is not playing, now I am inside for 10 months and it's a long time. The second season is where the managerial point of view is easier than the first.feedback

I do regret it, yeah. I would let him be in the squad [now].feedback

We go step-by-step, we try to win our matches. But in relation to Tottenham v Chelsea, I hope it's an amazing match, they are two great teams with the privilege nobody else has so they are fresh.feedback

It's not just hard for the team with 10 (players) but hard for the team with 11. When you have one more player you also need to think well. My players were too tired to think well, we had lots of bad decisions. When you are fresh you play simple, when you are not fresh you play complicated. In the first half everything was complicated. Only when I brought on fresh people, Mata, Rashford, the team was different.feedback

It's very difficult to play football in these circumstances within 48 hours. It's amazing for the fans around the world, everybody has the Premier League, I'm more than happy to do that but it's very hard for the players.feedback

When you are fresh you play simple, when you are not fresh you play complicated. In the first half everything was complicated. Only when I brought on fresh people, Mata, Rashford, the team was different.feedback

I knew Mkhitaryan was a top talent and I was not playing him. Anthony has to listen to me in training every day. Every feedback I give to players, I give to improve them. Almost every day, I was having Mkhitaryan's agent calling me and saying 'Mkhitaryan with you, will be a better player. Keep going.feedback

And with Martial, every day I read the newspaper, saying Martial is going to Sevilla, Martial is going on loan, he's not happy. Martial needs to listen to me. He's a player with amazing conditions to be a top player.feedback

It was very difficult but very deserved. In the first half we were in control. In the second half they had a little reaction and got the bonus of the goal and then we went into our best period of the game. For 20 minutes we were almost unstoppable. Their goalkeeper made a magnificent save from Rooney's shot, we had Mata's goal, a penalty (appeal) and our goal. It was an amazing reaction and I am really pleased for the players.feedback

There is a difference, between the brave, who want to be there at any cost, and the ones for whom a little pain can make a difference.feedback

Sometimes teams don't score goals because of their philosophy, because the team isn't aggressive enough and doesn't risk enough.feedback

They're not sharp and getting the chances that they can.feedback

He has to do more, it is as simple as that.feedback

Our problem started in our global attitude.feedback

My captain is my captain. If he's on the pitch, if he's at home, he is my captain. So that's not a problem. But we thought today against a team like Leicester, the way they defend, the profile of their defenders, we thought that the best solution for us was to play with the two fast kids.feedback

I think this comes in the right moment in my career because Man United is one of these clubs where you need really to be prepared for it, because they are what I used to call a giant club and giant clubs must be for the best managers and I think I'm ready for it.feedback

I don't think the owner is a person to change with the wind. The owner knows who I am, the owner knows what I give to the club and the owner believes I am the right person to do the job.feedback

A very difficult team, very physical team, fantastic in set plays, in dead balls. To stop them the way we did and without Mark Schwarzer being made Man-of-the-Match as he was not, I think was good. The team defended really well.feedback

I think it is easy. If you look at the result, if you look at the game one team was better in first half and one team was better in the second, so everything is there, balanced.feedback

I'm the happy one. I've the same nature, I'm the same person, I have the same heart, I have the same kind of emotions related to my passion for football and for my job but I'm of course a different person. At this moment if I have to describe myself I describe myself as a very happy person.feedback

Everything is possible in football. They will have to fight and get the most out of themselves next Tuesday to try to make the impossible possible in Santiago Bernabeu. Again, everything is possible in football and my players will perform accordingly.feedback

Artificial turf is not the same as the natural grass. Minus 10 of minus 15 is not the same as plus 10 or plus 15 and these conditions are new for us.feedback

Lyon is a serious team, tactically very good, strong in defence, good on the break and dangerous from free kicks, They don't have Juninho any more but they have Gourcuff and Kallstrom.feedback

These points are the ones that count at the end of the season and if you lose three more points, that's six in two matches and that's obviously too much,'. That's why we cannot we lose tomorrow, even if we play well that would count for nothing. If you lose points tomorrow, even though there's still a lot of time left, it's very worrying.feedback

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