Mourinho and new Manchester United boss agree on unwanted World Cup match

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Despite now being Premier League rivals, the Chelsea boss and Louis van Gaal found themselves in agreement over a controversial issue.

Jose Mourinho has voiced his disapproval at third-place play-offs being part of the World Cup, unwittingly wholeheartedly agreeing with new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.

Speaking to Yahoo, the Blues coach stated his preference for 'going home and crying' after losing a semi-final rather than having to play the 'other losers' in a battle for third spot.

Citing the examples of the Champions League and Wimbledon, Mourinho said the World Cup's unique structure is a hindrance rather than a benefit to the tournament.

Tomorrow's travelling fans may disagree but the Chelsea boss's opinions could not have been more forthright.

"You lose a semi-final... you want to go home and cry," the 51-year-old said. "Or you want to go home and get your wife and kids and go for a holiday.

"You don't want to play. You go to the competition to win. You don't want to finish third or fourth - you want to go home.

"I've lost Champions League semi-finals. I don't imagine, a few days later, that I could play against the other losers. The guys at Wimbledon, when they lose a semi-final, after five hours of tennis they don't go to play for the third place, you know.

"I think it's very bad. It's really, really very bad."

Strong words from the 'Special One,' then, but do they sound familiar?

"I think this match should never be played," Van Gaal said after his Netherlands side lost their World Cup semi-final to Argentina on penalties.

"I've been saying that for 10 years. It's unfair - we have one day less to recover than our opponents.

"But the worst thing is I believe that, chances are, you lose twice in a row and a tournament where you've played so marvellously well you'll leave as a loser after losing the last two matches. There's only one award that counts and that's being world champion."

The two certainly don't mince their words. A fascinating season lies ahead.

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