Jose Mourinho admits there are plenty of things he moans about but the Manchester United boss insists he does not whine about injuries.
The Red Devils manager underlined how many other Premier League managers complain about such problems after his injury-hit side won at Benfica on Wednesday.
Those comments got under the skin of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, who said Mourinho “has to think about his team” rather than what is happening at his old club.
Mourinho believes Conte may have got the wrong end of the stick, but stuck to his guns about managers moaning about injuries.
“Our philosophy is not to moan, not to cry,” Mourinho said. “I moan and cry about other things. I moan about the fixtures, moan about no time to rest.
“I moan about why I don’t understand why we play Saturday after Wednesday when we should play Sunday. I moan about this all the time, but not about injuries.
“When managers say I moan about the fixtures then he is right, but nobody can say I moan about injuries because I always try to speak about opportunities for other players.”
Scott McTominay, who signed a deal until at least 2021 on Friday, has benefited from the injury problems that leave United without Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba.
The latter has been out for five weeks with a hamstring injury that Mourinho has only said is a “long-term” problem.
The France international seems to be making good progress judging by his social media posts, but Mourinho is none the wiser as to Pogba’s return date.
“If you ask if he can play next week against Tottenham then I don’t know,” said Mourinho of Pogba.
“I’m not telling you ‘no’ then he plays, and then you say I lied. I really don’t know.
“I expect Eric Bailly to be back next week. I cannot tell you about Fellaini or Pogba.”
Asked why Pogba was undergoing rehabilitation in the United States, Mourinho added: “You will have to ask Dr (Steve) McNally. He (as club doctor) is responsible for that.
“I’m in control of the players who are available.
“I’m not happy or unhappy (about where he recovers). It’s not my responsibility.”