Mour­inho rages at Manch­ester United play­ers’ at­ti­tude af­ter Hud­der­s­field loss

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José Mour­inho turned on his Manch­ester United play­ers af­ter watch­ing them go down to a shock 2-1 de­feat at Hud­der­s­field Town and said he could not re­mem­ber an­other match since he joined the club where the at­ti­tude of his team had been so poor.

United’s first league de­feat of the sea­son – and their first at Hud­der­s­field since 1952 – leaves them five points be­hind Manch­ester City at the top of the Pre­mier League and Mour­inho was as crit­i­cal of his play­ers as at any time since tak­ing over from Louis van Gaal.

“I don’t even re­mem­ber a friendly match where our at­ti­tude was so poor,” he said. “When I lose matches, I like to lose be­cause the op­po­nent was bet­ter and had more qual­ity. But when you lose be­cause of at­ti­tude, that is re­ally bad. I heard An­der Her­rera in his flash [tele­vi­sion] in­ter­view say­ing the at­ti­tude and de­sire was poor. Oh my God, when a player says that, or a player feels that, I think they should all go to the press con­fer­ence and ex­plain why – be­cause I can­not ex­plain that. It con­cerns me be­cause if it hap­pened to­day why can’t it hap­pen to­mor­row?”

A dis­mal af­ter­noon for United was com­pounded by the first-half in­jury that forced off Phil Jones shortly be­fore Aaron Mooy and Lau­rent De­poitre scored within five min­utes of one an­other to give Hud­der­s­field a 2-0 lead. Vic­tor Lin­de­lof, Jones’s re­place­ment, had a tor­rid game, badly at fault for the sec­ond goal, but Mour­inho’s anger was di­rected to­wards the en­tire team on a day when Juan Mata and An­thony Mar­tial were both sub­sti­tuted

at half-time.

“The mis­takes – him [Lin­de­lof] for the sec­ond goal and Mata for the first goal – are mis­takes that be­long in the con­text. If you play an amaz­ing game and lose to an in­di­vid­ual mis­take, yes, you point the fin­ger. But that was not the case here. In the first half I was wait­ing for it. It was Mata and Vic­tor but it could have been an­other player be­cause the at­ti­tude was re­ally poor.

“I feel re­ally dis­ap­pointed and if I was a Manch­ester United sup­porter – not a man­ager but a tra­di­tional sup­porter – I would be re­ally dis­ap­pointed. You can play and lose a football match be­cause the op­po­nent had more qual­ity than you. But you can­not lose be­cause the op­po­nent had a bet­ter at­ti­tude than you, so I am re­ally dis­ap­pointed.

“They [Hud­der­s­field] played how I like. They played with ev­ery­thing they have, how I like, and like it has to be. They played with ev­ery­thing: ag­gres­sion, de­sire, mo­ti­va­tion, sac­ri­fice. They played with ev­ery­thing and we didn’t. So the team that de­served to win won – sim­ple.”

Mar­cus Rash­ford’s 78th-minute goal set up a tense fin­ish but Hud­der­s­field’s man­ager, David Wag­ner, agreed with Mour­inho that it was a de­served vic­tory, de­scrib­ing it as “one of the top three mo­ments I have had, per­son­ally, as man­ager of this club”.

Wag­ner added: “This is a very proud mo­ment. We all know how huge it is that we have beaten Man United. We have to make to­tally clear so ev­ery­one un­der­stands what is ex­tra­or­di­nary and what is or­di­nary. To­day was ex­tra­or­di­nary. I live in Hud­der­s­field so I know how huge this is for this town, the sup­port­ers, the chair­man, the board. This is a very spe­cial mo­ment.”

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