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Jose Mourinho: 'Wickedness Of Football Scaring Rashford & McTominay'

Jose Mourinho: 'Wickedness Of Football Scaring Rashford & McTominay'

The subject of rumours regarding his impending departure from Manchester United, the Jose Mourinho post-match comments were always going to be a source of some intrigue tonight.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, a second-half performance brought United right back into contention and they escaped a potentially difficult situation with a 3-2 win.

Turning attention toward the media, Mourinho believed a selection of his certain players had been subjected to a 'man hunt,' and that the wickedness of the modern game had left players like Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay 'scared' on the pitch.

In a far-reaching interview that dwelt on many of the personal battles Mourinho is facing in the job, he reiterated his maturity, and ability to deal with the negativity surrounding his role at the club.

I am 55-years-old, and in spite of this it is the first time I have seen in football this man-hunting. I am 55, I am mature, I can cope with it, and I can live with it.

I think clearly some of the boys, in spite of the fact that they are not the man that is hunted, I think they are not coping well with it.

There is too much wickedness in something that should be beautiful. I cope with it ... I am a big boy, but some of the boys, Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch, and even all the players, they commit mistakes that are not normal.

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Focusing more closely on his own experiences of the media attention he has been garnering, Mourinho surmised.

A friend of mine was saying to me, 'If tomorrow it rains in London it is my fault.' You know, if there is some difficulties to have the agreements with Brexit, it's my fault, and I have to be ready for all of this.

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