Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is fired up, and he’s happy to tell his critics about his resume.
As if they didn’t know.
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For a while, United looked set for a pressure-packed UEFA Champions League group stage finale at Valencia as Young Boys held firm against the hosts at Old Trafford, and the critics were indeed sharpening their knives as the 0-0 score line stretched into stoppage time.
But that’s when Mou’s old pal Marouane Fellaini scored to secure passage to the knockout rounds.
“For some of my lovers, I just want to say for the ones that like stats: 14 seasons in the Champions League, 14 times qualified through the group phases,” Mourinho said. “Never one of my teams stayed behind in the group phase. The season I didn’t play Champions League, I won the Europa League.”
“We lost too many chances, crucial ones in crucial moments. This is the kind of game if you score in the first minute you normally go for a different performance. You could pay with a draw and with a defeat too. David de Gea only had one save but it looks a phenomenal save, a save that best goalkeeper in the world does and gives his team the possibility to win the match.”
As if that wasn’t enough, his match-winning celebration was already inescapable on social media.
The energy drink-smashing Portuguese manager (see below) is ready for his next challenge, and his side will get to take it easy in Valencia on Dec. 12 and focus on a visit to Liverpool four days later.