Jose Mourinho plays down history with Man United’s Angel Di Maria

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says that any past friendship with Ángel di María will be irrelevant against Manchester United

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Jose Mourinho says that his past relationship with Ángel di María will be put to one side when his Chelsea team face Manchester United this weekend.

Mourinho made Di María his first Real Madrid signing when the Argentine joined from Benfica in 2010.

The Chelsea boss emphasised at a news conference on Friday, though, that the admiration he holds for Di María would have no bearing on proceedings at Old Trafford.

“If I bought Di María, it was because I liked him. He was fantastic in my period at Real Madrid. Now, he plays for Manchester United,” said Mourinho.

“But for the next 90 minutes, I want to win, he wants to win.”

Mourinho also took the opportunity to praise Filipe Luis, who looks likely to deputise for Cesar Azpilicueta at left back after the Spaniard’s red card against Crystal Palace last weekend.

“He is showing already [what he brings to Chelsea],” said Mourinho of his Portuguese compatriot.

“It is not easy to come and kick Cesar out of the team because Cesar is such a good player. Also, Filipe is. We bought Filipe for that. Our defenders are very young, our second line, like Kurt Zouma.

“We decided to bring an experienced player to have a group of five to give us stability. [Luis] is playing every game in the Champions League and he is in perfect conditions. He is very stable and very experienced.”

Mourinho confirmed that Thibaut Courtois will regain his place in the Chelsea goal against United, having been rested for the Blues’ midweek Champions League thrashing of Maribor.

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