Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is not happy with the squad performance on Saturday 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield
Manchester United boas Jose Mourinho said his players
were so poor during their 2-1 defeat
to Huddersfield that they should be
forced to explain themselves to fans
and the media.
United’s unbeaten strike came to an end at the John Smith’s Stadium, with
Mourinho admitting Huddersfield had
deserved to win.
Mourinho was at a loss to understand
why his team had played without the
right attitude and was left angry
after hearing Ander Herrera say the
same in a postmatch interview. The
midfielder had said that Huddersfield
“played with more passion than us.
“The attitude was really poor. When
you lose because of attitude that is
really bad, the Portuguese coach told news conference.
“I heard Ander Herrera saying in the
interviews, saying the attitude and
desire was poor. Oh my God. When a
player says that, I think they should
all go to the press conference
because I can not explain that.
“They [Huddersfield] played with
everything they have, like I like, and
like it has to be. They played with
everything — aggression, desire,
motivation, sacrifice — and we didn’t.
The team that deserved to win, won.
Simple. It was a surprise but it is reality. It
was a surprise but it happened. For
me, it is quite easy and simple to say
the team that deserved to win, won.”
United were stunned earlier in the first half after mistakes from Juan Mata and
then Victor Lindelof, who came on
for Phil Jones in the first half, which
allowed Aaron Mooy and Laurent
Depoitre to score. Marcus Rashford
pulled one back for the visitors.
The Red Devils were stunned by Huddersfield 2-1 on Saturday
It was Lindelof’s first real taste of the
Premier League after a £30 million
move from Benfica during the transfer window.
“You like individualisation of the
mistake and the defeat. I think it is
very unfair,” Mourinho said. “The
mistakes, Lindelof for the second
goal and Mata for the first goal,
belong in the context, Mourinho said: “If you play an amazing game and
lose to an individual mistake, yes,
you point the finger. That is not the
case. In the first half I was waiting
for it. It was Mata and Victor. It
could be another.”
The result has now lead United 5-point behind Man City in the table with Tottenham the visitors at the Old Trafford next week Saturday.
Mourinho admitted it was one of his worst day as the club manager, and
conceded the United fans, especially
the 2,200 who braved the wind and
rain to make the trip to Huddersfield,
had every right to be upset.
“I don’t even remember a friendly
match where our attitude was so
poor, in the second half
they tried. We could have a second
goal and a draw but it would have
been an undeserved draw. I feel really disappointed and if I
was a Manchester United supporter,
not a manager, I would be really
disappointed because I think you can
play and lose because the opponent
had more quality, but not because
the opponent had more attitude, so I
am really disappointed, he said.