Manchester United vs. Saint-Etienne: Jose Mourinho's Pre-Match Presser Comments

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"He is quite irritable though". But for him, when he loses, he goes mad.

"We'll always be behind him".

The former United skipper also offered some words of encouragement to United's £89m record signing, who has been handed the midfield general role Keane filled with such distinction during his time with the club.

Asked if he had talked to his midfielder about the family rivalry, Mourinho said: "We spoke but we spoke in a good way, in a amusing way".

"It's good because we wanted to win, we wanted to score goals, and we did so it will be easier for us in the next game", he added. Now I will be playing against him and I'll be marking him. At one point I thought 'I don't know what's going on here, something must be going on!' I think I've hit the bar more in eight months here than I did in four years at Juventus.

Saint-Etienne are fifth in Ligue 1 while United lie sixth in the Premier League, where they have gone 16 games without defeat.

Perhaps Mourinho can query the seriousness in which some of his players approached the match, but Ibrahimovic certainly delivered on the world-class quality we all know he has. "It will be weird but that's football", he said. "I hope we will both be able to enjoy it and that the best team wins".

"In terms of being the world's most expensive player, I think he has put that to one side because it's more an issue for the media", says Florentin, whose twin brother, Mathias, plays for Sparta Rotterdam.

"My parents will have mixed feelings because whatever happens, there will be one victor and one loser". The two Pogbas were enjoying each other's company in the tunnel before the game, laughing together and performing a secret handshake, and at half-time they were joking together walking down the tunnel.



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