With United all but qualified for the Champions League knockout stages, Jose Mourinho met with the press ahead of the clash with Basel in Switzerland.
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On the playing surface
“Honestly, I don’t know. I want to see after 20 minutes. At the moment, it looks OK. But I respect the effort in trying to make a positive pitch after it was so bad in the play-offs for the national team.”
“It’s a big frustration for me that there’s always a question about some player that is not playing or is not in the best form. The answer is simple: until they change the rules, I can only play with 11 men.”
Zlatan on the bench
“Zlatan goes on the bench tomorrow and normally he plays. He needs to play and he’s useful for us. He keeps the ball. If the team isn’t winning, his presence will be important. Instead of 15, he may play 20 or 25 minutes, but he’s not in condition to start.”
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