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Jose Mourinho confirms Manchester United wanted Nemanja Matic, not Eric Dier

30 October, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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"I probably have the player I didn't think it was possible to have, but we got the player I really wanted".

The 29-year-old will miss Tottenham's visit to Old Trafford on Saturday with a knee problem.

England striker Kane has fired Spurs to joint-second in the league with United, who will welcome Mauricio Pochettino's men to Old Trafford looking to re-establish a cushion after last week's defeat at Huddersfield Town.

Mourinho told his pre-match news conference ahead of Manchester United's win over Tottenham on Saturday: "I'm anxious about Fellaini and not about Luke Shaw because Fellaini finishes his contract and Luke Shaw doesn't".

Though, along with Fellaini, contracts of six other United stars are set to expire at the end of the campaign, including Luke Shaw.

Mourinho admitted Shaw's chances of a recall were remote.

And though he's not been fully embraced by a section of the United faithfuls, to his credit Fellaini has grown to be a useful player under Louis van Gaal and now Mourinho.


"I was happy because it shows dignity, character and intelligence to know the reason why we lost the match".

"It's easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane", he said back in July.

The United boss continued: "To play bad and lose matches I think can happen again, it happens". He told me about United's interest since last summer (in 2016) and I explained the situation to him clearly: 'Look, you aren't leaving because you signed a five-year deal with us in August.

Phil Jones is available to face Spurs and Eric Bailly may also return, following both centre-backs' respective injuries. "But he is in the squad, he works and maybe the opportunity comes".

"One more training session but he's the only one from the injured group that can be ready".

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.

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