Jose Mourinho has held his pre-match press conference ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United tomorrow night.
Mourinho was asked about United superstar Bruno Fernandes, who scored three goals and provided four assists in a short spell after signing at the end of January.
Now Mourinho has to deal with Fernandes, who has improved a United team which beat his Spurs 2-1 last December.
Speaking to Football London ahead of the game, Mourinho said: “He is a good player, he plays in a good team in a big club and normally big players sooner or later they adapt and perform.
“In this case he arrived and he also found a group in a good period of results. I think he is doing very well.”
A lot at stake
Mourinho is trying to avoid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doing a double over him this season.
There is even more at stake for Spurs, as they could slip seven points behind United with defeat, while a win could bring them to within one point of us.
Normally allowing a tactician like Mourinho months to prepare for a match would spell bad news for opponents, but he insists the extra time has not given him any kind of edge.
He said: “Maybe two to three weeks ago we knew the Premier League was going to start, we knew clearly United was the first opponent, West Ham the second opponent, Sheffield United the third opponent.
“You have lots of time to analyse your opponents but you’re analysing them three months ago, four months ago.
“And you don’t even have the friendly matches like in a normal preseason to follow your opponents, to understand the state of their form, the performance level and new tendencies.”
Friday’s match kicks off at 8.15pm and it is United’s first visit to Tottenham’s new stadium.
Spurs are boosted by the return of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, but have Dele Alli suspended and Giovani Lo Celso is a doubt to start.
United have Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford fit again, with Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe the only injury absentees.
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