Mourinho: Anything is possible if United reach Champions League quarters

Paul Pogba

The Chelsea legend expounded: "I think the withdrawal of Paul Pogba yesterday sort of fell into Jose Mourinho's lap in terms of team selection".

As per Daily Mirror, the signings of center-back, left-back, and a holding midfielder will be Mourinho's primary concern in the upcoming window.

He has not played since Dec 26.

Manchester United came into this fixture the bookmakers underdogs for the first time since the 1980s but, in the end, Jose Mourinho's tactics worked out for the best as his side eked out a 2-0 win. Asked if United have the potential to go all the way this season, Mourinho was cautious.

Mourinho believes United are still some way off the European elite, but believes from his experiences of winning the competition with Porto and Inter Milan that anything is possible if they make the last eight.

"It's going to be tough, but we have confidence".

"We have all been speaking recently about can he get his best players in his best positions in the starting XI".

Midfielder Michael Carrick sat alongside Mourinho in the news conference and the former England worldwide confirmed he will end his playing career at the end of the season.


"In modern football you have to live day-by-day, week-by week and match-by-match", he said. "It's something you have to accept", Carrick said. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit.

"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".

At the press conference, Mourinho also launched a stinging attack on Dutchman Frank de Boer after the former Crystal Palace coach criticised United's sparse use of Marcus Rashford. "We're still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it's looking likely".

A graduate of West Ham's youth academy alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand, Carrick went on to win five Premier League titles under Alex Ferguson.

Pogba was a notable omission during the Red Devils 2-1 victory over fierce-rivals Liverpool in the North West Derby on Saturday.

A place in the quarter-finals of the competition awaits the victors, with the two sides tied on a 0-0 stalemate following the first leg in Spain.

"We can split the halves - United first half and Liverpool second but in my opinion, our first half was a half with goals and danger". Rashford took just 25 minutes to show what Sanchez hasn't been delivering by scoring twice, doubling the Chilean's tally in a United shirt.

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