Jose Mourinho would not be drawn on comments he made in Spain where he appeared to question the character of some of his players.
Mourinho was quoted by Univision as saying in an interview with the Spanish-language broadcaster that some of his young players were “without character”, and it was reported that Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford were those he had mentioned in that context.
When asked at a press conference about the interview, Mourinho said that the media took his comments out of context on purpose and that he would not be joining in their game.
He said: “I don’t play your game. I don’t play the game of take out of context and do what you want. “I don’t play the game. I have nothing to say.”
Mourinho’s response to two further questions on the matter were “I don’t lose my time playing that game” and “next question”.
He was speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home clash with Crystal Palace and said Paul Pogba, who missed the 3-1 loss at Manchester City on November 11 through a “small muscular injury”, was available for the contest.
Romelu Lukaku, Martial, Rashford and Marouane Fellaini are also all ready to be involved after question marks during the international break over whether they would be fit.
Mourinho said Lukaku, who has had a hamstring issue, was “ready, with a little bit of a risk, but ready”.