Jose Mourinho was asked about facing a Tottenham side lacking Harry Kane and he reeled off a list of his own injured players.
Mourinho named a team featuring three centre-halves to play against strikerless Tottenham and reacted spikily when Sky Sports interviewer Geoff Shreeves asked about him about Kane’s absence.
“We have no Zlatan, no Pogba, no Fellaini, no Marcos Rojo, no Michael Carrick, so don’t speak to me about Harry Kane,” said Mourinho.
“Ask Mauricio how you approach the game without Pogba, Carrick, Rojo, Ibra, Fellaini. Did you ask that question?”
Although Manchester United are clearly missing Pogba, Zlatan was replaced in the summer by £75m Romelu Lukaku, while the other three players are not first-team starters.
Remember that it was Mourinho who said earlier this month: “I never speak about injuries.
“Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when some player is injured. I don’t cry.
“I think the way to do it is to ignore the players that are injured, is to focus on the players that are available. It is to give confidence to the players that are available.”