Mourinho mind games won’t work on Man Utd, says Evans

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has told Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho not to bother trying to get inside the heads of the Premier League champions ahead of the meeting between the teams on Monday, Sky Sports has reported.

Mourinho has publically courted Wayne Rooney throughout the summer and announced that Chelsea would make a third offer for the striker but only after the two teams have played each other, claiming it would not be morally correct for Chelsea to lodge a third bid for Rooney prior to the game.

The returning Blues boss also claimed United only won the title last season because their rivals were so poor, but Evans insists the United squad pay no heed to what Mourinho has to say. “It’s all just mind games, really. It’s maybe his way of trying to unsettle us,” Evans said. “We don’t read too much into that kind of thing and, as players, we laugh that kind of thing off.

Evans added that the pressure is on Mourinho to prove his return to Chelsea after almost six years will have the kind of impact predicted in many quarters. Chelsea have won Mourinho’s first two competitive games in charge but the Northern Ireland international believes the jury is still out on the former Real Madrid boss.

Everyone is saying that now Chelsea have Mourinho back, it will make a big difference to them but we will have to wait and see whether that will be the case,” Evans said. “I am sure he will have an impact but we might have to wait a month or two before you realise who is going to be challenging for the title.

Mourinho had that spell at Chelsea when he gave his players a lot of confidence but it remains to be seen whether he can have that impact again.

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