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Matic backs Mourinho Man Utd blast: He's special. He wants to win

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says teammates shouldn't complain about the criticism of manager Jose Mourinho.

United boss Mourinho took a fresh swipe at his under-performing players in the wake of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final win over Brighton — with the exception of the Serbian midfielder, who made the opening goal and scored the second himself.

“He's special because he wants to win, always," said Matic. “You can see when we lose a game he cannot accept that. Probably that's why he won more than 20 trophies in his life. It's very difficult to work with him, because he always wants more and more.

“Even if you win the league, he wants to win again next season. He's like this and the players need to be ready for that. I like it when the manager always wants better and better, so you have to improve always, always do your best. I like this kind of work, this kind of relationship.

“At this high level at Manchester United, and where I used to play at Chelsea, the players need to be ready for that because the pressure is big.

"Everyone expects you to win every game. Obviously it's not possible, but supporters always expect. It doesn't matter if you're tired or not, supporters want high quality football. It's normal."

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