Man U boss: “This is not for kids”

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER United’s play­ers must be­have like men in the wake of their hu­mil­i­at­ing 4-0 Pre­mier League ham­mer­ing by Chelsea, man­ager Jose Mour­inho said ear­lier this week.

The Por­tuguese coach – who sat help­lessly as he en­dured his worst de­feat in the Pre­mier League against the club who sacked him last term – wants an im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion against city ri­vals Manch­ester City in to­day’s League Cup clash.

“We are re­ally, re­ally sad, but again this is not for kids. This is for men and ... We have to be men and work for the next one,” the 53-year-old told the club’s TV sta­tion MUTV.

Mour­inho, whose side have won just once in their past six Pre­mier League games, said he was san­guine about United’s re­cent re­sults and took suc­cour from the fact they would drop points when they play each other.

They trail the trio of ta­ble-top­pers Manch­ester City, Arse­nal and Liver­pool by six points.

‘There is no way to hide be­cause I think our faces speak by them­selves.’

Jose Mour­inho

Man U man­ager

How­ever, their haul of 14 points af­ter nine matches is United’s sec­ond­worst in their Pre­mier League his­tory – the team in 2014-15 gar­ner­ing just 13.

“I would pre­fer to play [next] in the Pre­mier League,” said Mour­inho.

“It’s a bad feel­ing in the Pre­mier League. With the com­bi­na­tion of re­sults the gap to the top is six points.

“We have had a very dif­fi­cult pe­riod of matches.

“We lost points this week and, even in the match when we played phe­nom­e­nal against Stoke, we lost points then. Now we need to win matches.

“I am not say­ing they are easy ones, but we have Burn­ley, we have Swansea, West Ham, Sun­der­land, Mid­dles­brough – matches that we need to win and the top four, the top five, they have to play be­tween them­selves like we did this week against Chelsea and Liver­pool.

“They are go­ing to lose points too, so we are in the run, but there is no way to hide be­cause I think our faces speak by them­selves.” –

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