Jose Mourinho denied any rift with
Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a tetchy pre-match press conference.
Sunday’s embarrassing 3-2 Premier League defeat at Brighton has left United reeling, with intense scrutiny on the manager, players and background operations this week.
Mourinho curtly brushed aside such talk ahead of Monday’s clash against Tottenham, with the manager surprising reporters by starting his press conference 30 minutes early.
Asked about the reaction to the loss to Brighton, the United boss retorted: “Don’t ask me because I don’t read (it). I don’t know 10 per cent of what is written, I don’t know 10 per cent of what is coming on the TV screens, so I’m not the right guy to answer to it.“
Mourinho gave little away ahead of the Spurs match, answering 13 questions — often brusquely — in a little more than four tense minutes.
The United boss was dismissive when asked whether there had been an overreaction to the Brighton defeat — “you are pessimistic, I’m not” — and curt when asked about his relationship with Woodward.
“Of course (our relationship is fine),” he said. “No (problem at all).”
Yet Mourinho refused to talk about the defensive partnership of Eric Bailly and
Victor Lindelof in a pre-match press conference as uncomfortable as United’s week.
Odds on Mourinho leaving Old Trafford have tumbled, while a group of fans are said to be planning to have a plane fly over an upcoming match calling for the exit of Woodward.
Questions also remain over the happiness of Paul Pogba, with his agent
Mino Raiola this week taking aim at United great Paul Scholes for questioning the France international’s leadership at Brighton.