Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed what his manager José Mourinho said to his side as they were 2-0 down at half-time against Newcastle United, before their impressive comeback to win the game 3-2.
However, his representative, who described the former France star as "mentally exhausted" following his time at Madrid, does not expect him to move to England's top flight. "I can cope with it", he said. We promised we would give absolutely everything without any fear, without any pressure, just the pressure of giving everything, and of course they gave everything. "We did well for 70 minutes, and we had chances to score the third goal that would probably have won us the game", the Newcastle manager said. It's not easy for them.
Zinedine Zidane's agent claims that his client does not intend to manage in the Premier League despite reports he is set to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. "He's working things through with the team". "If I could tell them please don't do it, I would say that". "Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch, they were making mistakes that were not normal".
And although Mourinho's side were chaotic and disjointed for much of their response, three goals in the final 20 minutes were a powerful response from a team that had looked on the ropes.
"In my football memories, I remember [as manager of Chelsea] I beat Liverpool at Anfield 4-0 and I was amazed the stadium was singing their song, but now I am in a situation where I'm losing 2-0 at home in a match everyone knows is important for us to win, and they were fantastic".
The manager also played down the idea that the players responded to win the game for him. I have discussed it with him, it does not really attract him. "He's a good professional, he has not been playing especially well but he's kept working hard, and now he must have an unbelievable feeling after scoring a goal to top a great comeback". "One touch play. Movement".
Mourinho, though, acknowledged that regardless of what happens, he will continue to be a lightning rod for criticism during his time at United. If tomorrow [it] rains in London, it's my fault. "If there is some difficulties with the agreements of Brexit, it is my fault". I have to be ready for all of this.
"I think a lot of wickedness and a clear man-hunting that I think in football is too much. It is a life I love, and since I was a kid I work for this".