Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho wasn’t in the mood to discuss the injury suffered by Tottenham striker Harry Kane ahead of their encounter at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The 24-year-old was ruled out of the clash with a hamstring injury, with Mauricio Pochettino confirming the news in his own press conference on Friday.
In an attempt to stay ahead of the media and the line of questioning that he was likely to face, Mourinho opened his press conference by insisting that he knew what the first question would be and offered his answer immediately.
“We have no Ibrahimovic, no Pogba, no Marouane Fellaini, no Marcos Rojo, no Michael Carrick, so don’t speak to me about Harry Kane.”
While he did go on to give more positive details about Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, both of whom Mourinho suggested would be ready to face Tottenham, it’s clear that the Portuguese tactician wasn’t interested in talking about the misfortune of another side when he still has so many absentees to deal with.
It was likely also a dig at the recent videos and memes that have circulated on social media as he has previously insisted that he doesn’t like talking about injuries, but has bemoaned the bad luck that United have had so far this season.
Injuries or not, he will have to select the right team to see off Tottenham to put their defeat to Huddersfield Town last weekend firmly behind them and ensure that they don’t slip further behind rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
— LTS Sports (@lashavekua) October 27, 2017