Jose Mourinho has reminded his Manchester United players of the weekend defeat to West Bromwich Albion following victory over AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
The 55-year-old, who insisted after Sunday’s defeat that some players had played themselves out of starting in the FA Cup semi-final, made seven changes to his side at the Vitality Stadium.
And Man United, spearheaded by a resurgent Paul Pogba, claimed a deserved win through goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku, defending resolutely and stretching Bournemouth’s back four throughout.
But Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to note that the emotions of Sunday were still bubbling away in his head despite victory over Eddie Howe’s side.
Mourinho: "I still have the emotions of last Sunday… I know how to win titles, in case some of the young guys don't know. I won eight in four different countries."
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) April 18, 2018
You could see it written over his face, couldn’t you? Mourinho has never been a smiley character but this particular glare in the Bournemouth dugout was one impregnated with something darker than usual, contemplating the horror show of Sunday and feeling that raw, raw anger you get when something has been on your mind for a while, just kind of stewing away and toxifying with each moment which passes.
And for all the criticism his managerial style deserves at times, that is what you want from your manager. He does not want his players to forget about Sunday, and he most certainly doesn’t want to see them play with that kind of tempo ever again.