Jose Mourinho claims he has not become the selfish one amid the current crisis that has engulfed Manchester United .
The self-titled Special One, who spent the summer complaining about a perceived lack of backing in the transfer market, says the team and the club are what matters most, not him.
United face a must-win game at home to Tottenham on Monday, after a shock 3-2 defeat at Brighton last weekend piled the pressure on Mourinho so early in the season.
Despite that defeat, United’s away support remained committed to their team at the Amex, with Mourinho urging his players to repay that loyalty with a win back on their own turf.
“The supporters were fantastic in both matches,” he said. “Not for me, for the team — which is the only thing that matters.
“In my career, I was never selfish and thinking about myself, I was always a club man. That’s what I am.
“I’m really happy when the supporters support the team.
“Against Leicester [at home in the season-opening win], you can say in a normal situation, because the team was playing well and was winning. But to be supportive of the team against Brighton, where they didn’t play well and lost the match, it gives you a fantastic feeling.
“I hope that feeling, the players also feel it and the players, they are ready to give them everything they have.
“We want to win all the time. We want to play well all the time. We don’t want to make mistakes.
“That is what you always want: A winning style. Don’t make defensive mistakes. Be dominant. Chances, score goals and go home with the three points.”
Asked if United finishing as runners-up for a second year running would constitute a decent season, given their current turmoil, Mourinho said: “I’m not in May. I cannot answer to that, I’m not in May. I’m in August.
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And, questioned whether he is happy with his squad, given United’s perceived failings in the summer transfer window, the Portuguese was again terse in his response, saying: “You know my answer. I don’t need to answer.
“I don’t even know sometimes why I’m here, because you [the media] know everything. During the week, it looks like you show that you know everything, then I come here and you ask me questions.
“It’s a bit strange.”
England internationals Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are expected to return in central defence against Spurs in place of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, who both performed poorly in the Brighton game.
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