Jose Mourinho claims he sympathises with David Moyes after the difficult week for the Sunderland boss.
Moyes is facing FA action because of his slap threat to a female BBC reporter and Mourinho feels for every manager fighting relegation.
Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash with United at the Stadium of Light and Mourinho claims it is hard for the clubs who will gone down.
“I have sympathy with every manager that is fighting hard to reach their objectives and he’s in trouble to do it,” said Mourinho of Moyes.
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“In the end there is one team who will be champions and there are three teams who will be relegated.
“But everyone is a good professional, everyone gives everything, everyone fights all season.
“Some of us, we are sacked in the middle of the season, it’s difficult for everyone, so, of course, I have sympathy. That’s normal.”
Mourinho revealed that Wayne Rooney will miss the trip to Wearside with an ankle injury and that Ashley Young was also sidelined.
“Wayne Rooney is not available,” said the United boss. “Ashley Young is injured. There is no more news.”