Mourinho says England have reason to cry, speaks on Southgate's future

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2018

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said that England "have a reason to cry", after Gareth Southgate's team lost 2-1 to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

Perisic scored the equalising goal and then provided the assist for Mario Mandzukic's victor as Zlatko Dalic's side came from behind to record a 2-1 victory after extra-time, producing a display that reminded viewers why the former Inter boss had made him his number one transfer target after taking charge of Manchester United last summer.

Mourinho has been keeping tabs on the World Cup this whole summer after working with Russia Today as a pundit and he'll certainly be disappointed some of his stars couldn't make it to the final.

"Normally you look at wingers and they are just fast and creative".

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move to sign the Croatia worldwide throughout the summer transfer window previous year and there has also been fresh speculation linking him with Manchester United in recent months.

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"But he is also physical, very physical".

"So the way he wins that ball in the air [for Mandzukic's goal] and puts the ball into that space is only possible if you are very, very physical and dominant over defenders".

"So for them to go back to their country and take a nation like Croatia to the World Cup final is something unbelievable". Probably, Ashley Young, [Jamie] Vardy, they will be 37 and 35, but the others will be at the next world cup, with more experience at club level.

However, Mourinho may be eyeing another swoop for Perisic after his impressive World Cup showing this summer.

Jose Mourinho has around £90m left to spend in the transfer window after acquiring Lee Grant, Fred and Diogo Dalot for around £70m.

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