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24 November 2017

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised the job that Chris Hughton has done in steering the Seagulls into the top flight, ahead of Saturday’s game at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils boss complimented the work Hughton had done on the south coast and recognized that Albion would provide tough opposition tomorrow afternoon.

He told, “I think Chris has done a great job since he took the team a few seasons ago and we must focus on this match. I know that we have a good record at home, I know that we are strong at home, but the opponent is going to be difficult for us.” 

“They are ninth in the table and are a  good team who are difficult to beat and they don't concede many goals either. 

"They have a good blend of physicality and aggression, but they also possess quality and creativity as well.”

Mourinho went on to reveal defenders Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are both ruled out of Saturday's game, and also provided an update on forward Zlatan Ibrahimović too.

"Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are out, but we are okay because we have Chris Smalling, Marcus Rojo and Victor Lindelof."

“Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) is not ready, we have to take him step by step, minute by minute, match by match.

“He's not a player that you play only if the team is losing or only if the team is winning. He's a player that's easy to bring into the game, so normally he's going to have these periods of 15-20 minutes and, one day, we will feel that he's physically ready to start." 

Saturday’s home side are unbeaten on home soil in their last 38 matches, and when asked if he would set up the team to play more ambitiously at home, he said that his side were one of the most adventurous in the league at their home ground.

“To play with more ambition than we do at home I think is quite difficult and I don't know who is more ambitious than us.

“We played against Newcastle with Pogba, Rashford, Martial, Mata, Lukaku. And the full-backs are not full-backs – Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young. Everybody knows that they are wingers, not full-backs.”

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