Jose Mourinho on Manchester United v Manchester City
The first ever Manchester derby outside Great Britain takes place in the early hours of Friday morning in Houston, Texas.
As a result, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho held a press conference ahead of the Red Devils versus Manchester City.
On the game itself, Mourinho played down the rivalry and The Special One also opened up about transfers as he continues to complain about “only” signing Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku so far.
Jose Mourinho on Alvaro Morata
Among the highlights of the press conference ahead of the Manchester derby was Jose Mourinho discussing Alvaro Morata’s move to Chelsea.
As is well known, Morata was very close to joining Manchester United, with The Special One speaking to the Spanish striker on a daily basis earlier in the summer.
After failing to agree a deal with Real Madrid, Manchester United shifted their attention to signing Romelu Lukaku and hijacked Chelsea’s move for the Belgian striker.
This has then seen Chelsea agree a deal with Real Madrid for Morata and Mourinho was asked about the Spanish striker joining his former club on Wednesday.
“I think it was obvious Chelsea would sign a striker”
Mourinho: “I am not interested in what Chelsea Football Club does, really. We needed a striker, yes. We needed with Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) in his best conditions, we needed one to give cover, to give options. Him and Marcus (Rashford) was not enough and especially after Zlatan’s injury.”
The Manchester United boss continued: “We got a big player – a player that I can compare with what he was a few years ago because he worked with me a few months four or five years ago. His development was very, very good, so we think we have a player that is now a top player in Europe.”
Mourinho continued on Romelu Lukaku: “He has to prove it at the highest level, there is always that point. Now he has to do it for Manchester United, in Champions League matches but I think he has amazing qualities.
Finally on Chelsea and Morata, Mourinho said: “I think it was obvious Chelsea would sign a striker, especially after the situation with the manager and Diego (Costa). It was clear that they were going to get a striker, they did it with Alvaro and Alvaro is a very good player for them.”
Watch the fill Jose Mourinho press conference ahead of Manchester United v Manchester City. The part about Morata comes around the 6.30 mark.