Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he needs more time to assess the players in the squad in order to get the best out of them.
United has been a bit inconsistent to start the 2016/17 campaign. After a nice run initially, the team suffered three straight losses in the span of a week, and the reports started flying around that Mourinho was feeling the pressure. But with United coming off three straight wins in all competitions, things seems to have calmed down a little.
“I need time. I need the players to play, I need to see them in different circumstances, I need to understand more about them,” Mourinho said ahead of the match against Stoke on Sunday. “There are so many, and so much to learn about the players that only when you have worked with them a long, long time will you know them well. There is always a surprise behind the door when you have worked with the team for three or four or five months.”
The Portuguese manager saw the 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the Europa League as another opportunity to evaluate the team, even if he thinks the competition is a hindrance.
“Every game I know more about my players, especially the ones that are on the pitch. Obviously I would like to have other players playing more so I can see more and I can learn more about them,” he said. “But we need the squad, that’s for sure. The Europa League is the competition which most disturbs the domestic competitions because we play Thursdays and it’s really difficult.”