Jose on Januzaj future, striker chase, Lingard wage

Date published: Saturday 8th April 2017 10:55

Jose Mourinho has discussed all manner of things, ranging from Adnan Januzaj’s future to Jesse Lingard’s wage.

Januzaj has spent the season on loan at Sunderland after Mourinho decided that he was not required in the Manchester United first team.

The Belgian has struggled to develop after his breakthrough season at Old Trafford in 2013/14, and faces an uncertain future.

When asked about whether Januzaj could leave permanently in the summer on Friday, Mourinho replied: “I have decided but I am not telling you.”

Attention then turned to the club’s profligacy in front of goal, with the manager stating that former striker Javier Hernandez would have scored 20 goals for them this season as he has a “killer” instinct.

“We play well, most of the time, not always obviously, but we play well, we create a lot, we don’t score enough goals for the way we play and the teams that come to Old Trafford,” he said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the only striker to really shine, but United are waiting on their 27-goal top scorer to stop stalling on a contract extension.

Asked if he would sign an experienced striker this summer, the manager retorted: “I cannot buy a striker more experience than Zlatan!

“We have Marcus (Rashford), we believe in. We believe in Marcus, that’s no doubt. Are we going to buy a striker? Maybe, maybe.”

Mourinho has regularly spoken of his belief in Rashford despite netting just seven goals this term.

However, the United boss would not be drawn on the potential impact of a call-up for this summer’s Under-21 European Championship.

“The power is in the Football Association’s hands and they are going to make the decision what they think is the (best) decision,” Mourinho said. “Agree or not agree, my opinion is not important.”

He added: “He’s having amazing experience, which after the hurricane that was last season when he came in, is giving him a hell of an experience.

“And because he is such a good boy and such a good professional, I believe that this is a fantastic learning experience for him. Fantastic.

“Even not scoring goals, next season he will. Next season will be a good season for him.”

Rashford’s rise to prominence at United has seen him bond with Jesse Lingard, whose progress has been rewarded with a new deal keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2021.

Eyebrows have been raised at reported £100,000-a-week wages, but Mourinho believes it is part of the modern game.

“First of all, if you don’t pay, they go,” he said. “So we can be criticised by paying so much, but we would also be criticised if we lose a young English player made in the academy.

“The club and the player tried to find a situation that makes everyone happy.

“We are happy he’s staying, he’s happy that he’s staying and obviously he’s happy that he has a much better contract.

“One of the Manchester United great players was telling me the other day that he was rich in the end of his career and now these kids they are rich when they start their career.

“That’s simple and that’s obvious, so it’s hard and they need to be lucky to be surrounded by the right people.

“If you are rich, that doesn’t mean that you don’t keep motivation high, personal pride high, professionalism high.”

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