Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

Nov 28, 2018, 01:06
Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

Jose Mourinho's men had been awful for much of the match before a long ball was pumped up to Romelu Lukaku, who flicked the ball onto Marouane Fellaini and the United midfielder appeared to control the ball with his hand before driving the ball into the Young Boys net.

Having failed to win their last two games (D1 L1), the Red Devils find themselves under some pressure to bounce back strongly and the tie against Young Boys provides them the flawless opportunity to do so.

"If you feel pressure stay at home and when I say "home" I don't say stadium home, I say stay home and watch on TV", he said.

But, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Mourinho insisted: "It's frustrating because what I want is the team to start strong, is the team to go strong on the opponent, not to be waiting, not to be reactive but proactive". Probably the fans think José told them to start slow [in recent games] but it's the opposite. "I want to play this game as a knockout game".

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Speaking after the victory, United legend Scholes told BT Sport: 'I thought they were bad, if they play against a half decent team they get beaten tonight.

He warned then that a repeat display against Youngs Boys would leave United needing to go Spain and beat Valencia in their final Group H game if they were to remain involved in the competition. I want to play this game like a knockout game, like we have to win.

Traffic congestion also saw Juventus arrive just over an hour and United barely 50 minutes before their clash at Old Trafford that same month.

Mourinho said defender Victor Lindelof would likely be out of action for "quite a while" with an injury.

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"But a team to cope with that happiness to play a decisive game".

"We decide to change hotel so we are not coming from Manchester city centre, we are going to stay in hotel just a few metres away", said Mourinho.

Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were named by the United boss in a interview with U.S. Spanish-language outlet Univision last week but the England full-back says he has not taken it to heart.

"I don't think it was really aimed as much at us as individuals".

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"What he said the other day, that was more a generational thing", said Shaw.

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