Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic believes Jose Mourinho’s “special” aura is retained by his relentless will to win after a difficult week for the Manchester United manager.

Mourinho’s side were dumped out of the Champions League last 16 by Sevilla on Tuesday but things improved on Saturday as United advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals by seeing off Brighton and Hove Albion.

“He’s special because he wants to win, always,” Matic said. “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.”