Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists he has love for his players, rebuffing suggestions regarding a rift between himself and his squad.
The Portuguese manager was said to be angry with his players after they lost 1-0 to Premier League new boys Huddersfield Town last month, with Ander Herrera said to be one of the players singled out and later blanked by the former Chelsea boss.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday's match against his old side, Mourinho was asked about his relationship with the United squad.
"Yes, I love my players," he said, via Manutd.com. "You try to create a mystery because of my reaction after Huddersfield, but there is no mystery about it.
“I was not speaking with Ander Herrera anymore? Pfft! Ander Herrera is the kind of guy that I have to push away because he wants to speak with me all the time! I don't know where you get these kinds of stories but, yes, I am happy.”
Mourinho was also quizzed over what has made him the happiest as it relates to United's start this season. And he responded by saying that it was the fact that his team have only lost once.
“We lost one match in August, September, October," he said. "Premier League, Champions League, League Cup - we lost one match.
“So, I think it was easier to ask what was the unpleasant thing, or what thing I didn't like - it was the match against Huddersfield.”
Mourinho led United back to the Champions League in the most unlikely of ways, winning the Europa League at the end of the season.
But he's aiming to challenge the Premier League's top teams for the title this time around, as well as make a huge splash in Europe's top tier, although Sunday's defeat at former club Chelsea will be a bitter blow to his pursuits.