Mou scathing over United’s at­ti­tude after draw

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED man­ager Jose Mour­inho ques­tioned his play­ers’ at­ti­tude after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to pro­moted Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers on Satur­day.

United have just one win from their open­ing three home games this sea­son and al­ready trail early lead­ers Liver­pool by eight points.

“Not a good per­for­mance, not a good re­sult. A fair re­sult,” said Mour­inho, who praised Wolves, man­aged by his fel­low Por­tuguese Nuno Espir­ito Santo.

“Wolves, by the way they faced the game, I think they de­serve it. They play like I like to play which is like the World Cup fi­nal,” he said.

“That is the at­ti­tude I like my teams to have in ev­ery match. We didn’t have that. They did. That at­ti­tude made a dif­fer­ence,” added the for­mer Chelsea man­ager.

Wolves cre­ated three open­ings in the open­ing 17 min­utes be­fore Fred gave United a barely de­served lead.

“They were in the game from the first minute. They play ev­ery ball with ev­ery sec­ond with the max­i­mum in­ten­sity and de­sire and we didn’t. We started poorly, we started both halves at a low in­ten­sity. And it is dif­fi­cult to win matches when you are not there,” he added.

Asked whether he felt his play­ers needed to learn that even against less fan­cied op­po­si­tion they need to de­liver the max­i­mum ef­fort, Mour­inho was scathing.

“Come on, this is some­thing you learn when you are a kid in the academy, you don’t need ex­pe­ri­ences at the high­est level to learn that. It is a ba­sic law of foot­ball, you have to play at the max­i­mum of your po­ten­tial, un­less you are play­ing in such a weak league against such weak op­po­nents where play­ing at 30 per­cent of your po­ten­tial is enough. We all know that is not the case (in the Premier League),” he said.

Mour­inho said that after three straight wins - the most re­cent in the Cham­pi­ons League against Young Boys Bern on Wed­nes­day - he was baf­fled by the per­for­mance.

“I can’t ex­plain the dif­fer­ence of at­ti­tude be­cause I never had a dif­fer­ence of at­ti­tude. For me it is dif­fi­cult to ex­plain that. We won three matches away from home. We came back with a good spirit, in peace be­cause we re­cov­ered,” he said.

“We didn’t have a team that was in big trou­ble with an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of matches. So yes, it’s a men­tal sit­u­a­tion. An at­ti­tude. And again one team was com­ing to play the game of their lives, the other to re­lax.” — Su­perS­port

Jose Mour­inho

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