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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They don't give an 'S' about English teams in Europe. They simply don't care. There are other interests that are more important.
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.
After I arrived, he came in again. He came back to visit the people he worked with for so many years. And he travelled with us once again. 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.
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.
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.
No Zlatan, no Pogba, no Mkhitaryan, we lost people that want to control the game by having the ball.
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.
Rashford is in trouble to score a goal. It's really difficult to score a goal for him.
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.
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.
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.
You have to adapt to a club's reality, needs and demands. That means being intelligent … The priority is to establish relationships of love and peace in a group, to create stability. Manchester United no longer has the super personalities that were Giggs, Scholes or Roy Keane.
We still have two doors open to play Champions League football next season, and that's the good thing of the week.
These guys, they gave absolutely everything. We started the game well, [Middlesbrough's Victor] Valdes made three fantastic saves before our first goal.
[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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But he is so respectful that he becomes even a little shy in this approach. We have to make him feel loved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was just not good enough for him. That's OK. I'll show my quality here.
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.
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 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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many other teams in England are going to finish the season without a trophy and we have one-and-a-half which is good.
[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.
I'd like to [stay], I am really happy. I will stay here until the owners and the board don't want me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forget it, it is not possible, don't try to go 10, 20 years ago because it is not possible any more.
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.
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.
Zlatan is not a surprise for me. I know the personality, I know the body, I know the ambition that brought him here.
If any player decides not to come because of that, then I am happy that they are not coming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that and envy is coming into certain levels that I am scared with. It is not Paul's fault that he gets 10 times the money that some very good players get. It is not Paul's fault that some fans are in trouble and need every penny to survive and that he is a multi-millionaire.
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.
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.
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.
I am very happy with Paul and the club is very happy with Paul. And the best thing is that because of his personality he doesn't give an 'S' to what people say about him.
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.
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.
They have Champions League experience so they are coming to discuss the result. One-one is a doubtful result.
We had one gift and we thought one gift was enough. We thought two was too much. And then came the third gift.
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.
He was a giant on the pitch. After him, all my other boys were fantastic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 but I can try to interfere in Thursday's match.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But now we have the Premier League to fight for the top four, and the Europa League to fight to beat Rostov.
We have to try by every means. We have a trophy in our pocket which is always a good feeling for everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So shall I do the questions then? Wayne Rooney to Everton?
Luke is working hard. He's trying to improve. He improves by the physical point of view. With good education and good specific work.
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.
Obviously he needs opportunities to feel alive and minutes on the pitch, to show the evolution is not just physical, but globally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In practical terms we have lots of left-backs. It doesn't look like it but the reality is that Blind, Shaw, Rojo, Darmian are all playing left-back and can play there. They are different players. 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. He's a young guy. Maybe every experience – if he is not exhausted – can help him to be a better player. Let's wait and analyse the situation when that comes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go! Cry! You're such a baby. Go take a shower. We don't need you.
You're such a coward.
He won the game for us. He was outstanding. He made the difference and he gave us the cup.
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.
Sixteen games unbeaten is an amazing record.
In the first half the football was fabulous. The fans got behind the team just before we scored the goal because we were phenomenal.
Martial deserves the chance. He has worked harder than ever in the last two weeks in the way I like – silence but hard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes teams don't score goals because of their philosophy, because the team isn't aggressive enough and doesn't risk enough.
They're not sharp and getting the chances that they can.
He has to do more, it is as simple as that.
Our problem started in our global attitude.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.