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Jose Mourinho smiling during his press conference at the Aon Training Complex.

Jose: My boys are ready to react against Brighton

Jose Mourinho has backed his Manchester United team to respond strongly to the midweek disappointment in Europe when Brighton & Hove Albion visit Old Trafford in Saturday evening’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final.

The boss delivered a passionate response during his pre-match press conference on Friday and insisted:
“I’m more than ready and as a group we are ready.”

The Reds exited the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after a 2-1 defeat by Sevilla at Old Trafford, but Mourinho has been encouraged by the reaction from the players this week as United look to bounce back by booking a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

“I’m happy with what I saw from my players after the match,”
said Jose.
“I’m happy that people were sad and that people were frustrated. I'm really happy with that. I'm happy we were exactly on the same page and I'm happy to see the boys coming back again on my page.”

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The boss admitted he was relieved that Saturday’s crucial FA Cup clash follows hot on the heels of the defeat against Sevilla.

“We don’t have many, many days to be sad,”
he said.
“We don’t have many days for that so I’m happy that the players come back exactly as myself. We train very well. We train always very, very well.

“We don’t need a reaction to train better than we do because the training, the professionality, the enthusiasm, the organisation, every training session with us since day one, since I arrived, the players, on that, absolutely are brilliant.”

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Several players have tweeted to assure fans the Champions League exit has prompted a passionate response in the squad.

The visit of Brighton to the Theatre of Dreams represents the final challenge in a busy eight-day period for United, which began with a superb 2-1 win over Liverpool last weekend, and the boss is determined to emerge triumphant from the Reds’ final test before the international break.

“I beat Liverpool, I beat Chelsea, I lose against Sevilla and now is their [the critics] moment to be happy,”
he added.
“But for me, every match is different and every match is important.”