Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to forget about the Liverpool win (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United stars to move on from their victory over Liverpool and focus on a ‘live or die’ week for the club.
Marcus Rashford’s first-half brace helped the Red Devils secure a 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The three points saw United move back into second place, but Mourinho labelled upcoming matches against Sevilla and Brighton as more important.
United can progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday when Sevilla travel to Manchester. The first leg, in Spain last month, finished goalless.
Mourinho’s side then face Premier League rivals Brighton at the weekend for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
‘Sevilla and Brighton are more important games than Liverpool,’ Mourinho said.
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‘Liverpool was Liverpool, it was a big match, a match against a direct competitor for the top four, but nothing is decided yet. We have eight more games and 24 points to play for.
‘But Seville and Brighton are “die or live” games, so the next two are much more important than the Liverpool one.’
Mourinho has inspired victories over Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool this season but said wins against rivals ‘mean nothing’.
Manchester United 2017/18 Fixtures
Sevilla – Champions League (H) – Tue Mar 13Brighton – FA Cup (H) – Sat Mar 17Swansea (H) – Sat Mar 31Manchester City (A) – Sat April 7West Brom (H) – Sat April 14AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat April 21Arsenal (H) – Sat April 28
‘It says nothing, in modern football, you have to live day-by-day, week-by week and match-by-match,’ the former Real Madrid boss said.
‘I can imagine that if we lose against Sevilla, everyone will have forgotten what we did in the last couple of weeks. That’s modern football – you have to live in the moment and cope with it.
‘So, yes, we beat Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – only Manchester City we’ve not beaten in the current top six – but that means nothing because in football these days you have to prove it every day.’
United face Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday (Picture: EPA)
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Club-record signing Paul Pogba missed Saturday’s clash against Liverpool through injury and could also be ruled out of Tuesday’s fixture against Sevilla.
Mourinho said: ‘He was injured in the last minute of the last training session before the game. Incredible!
‘If I finished the training session one minute before he would have been OK. I don’t know how long he is out for.’
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