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Jose Mourinho stresses cause for English optimism after Russian Federation 2018 campaign

13 July 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.

England's unexpected journey in Russian Federation came to an end in the semi-finals as Mario Mandzukic sealed a 2-1 victory in extra-time to break English hearts in Moscow.

"Perisic is the kind of winger that is different to the others", Mourinho told Russia Today. "Normally you judge wide players on their pace and creativity, but he's physical too - exceptionally physical - and in the air he's fantastic".

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However, Spurs are resigned to losing the 29-year-old this summer given a clause in his contract allows him to leave for just £25m in 12 months' time.

"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".

Pogba endured a mixed campaign under Mourinho last season and the Spanish outlet says United are hoping his impressive performances at the World Cup will lead to big-money interest from some of Europe's most powerful clubs.

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"So he was wonderful by going there and winning that ball in the air".

Manchester United are underway for the new season, with the players and coaches back at Carrington for pre-season training.

It prompted a glowing assessment from Mourinho, who added: "It's a great achievement for a country where the league is a minor league and the majority of the players don't player in Croatia but overseas".

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Diogo Dalot, a £19 million summer signing from Porto, will also be in the group.

Jose Mourinho stresses cause for English optimism after Russian Federation 2018 campaign