Manchester United secured an important 3-1 victory over Northampton Town in the EFL Cup third round on Wednesday night.
It ended United’s run of three successive defeats and should give the Red Devils’ squad some much-needed confidence ahead of their Premier League clash against champions Leicester City this weekend.
Jose Mourinho, though, didn’t exactly cut a jubilant figure in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.
The Portuguese coach must have felt a sense of relief following consecutive defeats against Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford in the space of eight gruelling days, but you wouldn’t have known it from his rather downbeat interview.
It felt like Mourinho wasn’t in the mood to deal with the press - although that’s perhaps understandable when you consider the type of stories that have been published over the past few days.
Negative headlines over recent days
It was claimed earlier this week that United players were left ‘shocked’ by Mourinho’s treatment of Luke Shaw while they’ve also apparently been taken aback by the former Chelsea boss’s nasty side.
After the Northampton match, it emerged that there would be no press conference involving Mourinho.
We could all be forgiven for feeling like this way Mourinho’s way of getting his own back on the media following several days of negative publicity.
However, it may have been the plan all along.
The reason Mourinho snubbed a post-match presser
United, according to the Independent’s Ian Herbert, confirmed they are “not contractually bound” to conduct post-match press conferences after EFL Cup ties.
But, still, avoiding the press is hardly the best way to get them back onside.
Mourinho now faces a grilling later this week instead
Mourinho will have been acutely aware that many of the questions will have centered around the reported disharmony in the dressing room.
Moreover, the 53-year-old will know that he faces a grilling from journalists in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Leicester City clash later this week.
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