Jose Mourinho feels Manchester United can take plenty of positives from the Premier League season, after signing off the 2017/18 campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over Watford.
Here is what the boss had to say in his post-match interview with MUTV…
“It depends on the way you want to analyse it. If you want to be positive and respect the effort of everyone and the clear numbers and pragmatic numbers of the improvement, you will talk about all the positive things – the best position for five years, a huge amount of points that would normally give a fight for the title until the last few weeks, lots of clean sheets, Golden Glove, more goals than last season and the second-best team in the country. Also, in the second major competition in the country, we are one of the two best teams; we are playing the final [against Chelsea in the FA Cup] so if you want to read it in a positive way, you can do, in a very objective way. But if you want to be negative, you can always be negative. You can be negative until the point that you say that Scott McTominay, who is a kid who arrived here at nine years old, is not good enough. So if you want to be negative, you can be negative without dimensions.”
THE END OF CARRICK AS A PLAYER BUT THE START OF A COACH
“You know, I had similar situations with other big players. I will never forget Luis Figo’s last match at Inter Milan. Michael is different because he’s staying with us. It’s the end of a player but it’s the start of a coach and he stays at the club and he stays with us, so it’s not so hard.”
“Yes [it feels like the end of an era] but maybe one day we are playing against each other in the Premier League. If that moment arrives, I will be a very proud guy because this man came to me when he was a kid 17 years ago so, if that happens, I will be a very proud guy.”
CUP FINAL FOCUS STARTS ON TUESDAY
“We will have one day off to disconnect a little bit but then, of course, on Tuesday we will start thinking about the last week of work and the last week of work is for a cup final, so we don’t need more motivation than what we have.”