Mour­inho: My play­ers lack heart

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By James Ducker NORTH­ERN FOOT­BALL COR­RE­SPON­DENT at Old Traf­ford

Jose Mour­inho has ques­tioned the “heart” of his Man­ches­ter United play­ers and claimed some will still go out and cel­e­brate de­spite an­other dis­mal show­ing.

United’s top-four hopes suf­fered a fresh set­back af­ter a goal­less draw at home to Crys­tal Palace that prompted an an­gry re­ac­tion from Mour­inho.

He claimed there were play­ers for whom the re­sult would not hurt enough as he threat­ened to wield the axe be­fore Tues­day’s Cham­pi­ons League tie against Young Boys.

Mour­inho warned they will not beat the Swiss cham­pi­ons and will re­quire a re­sult against Va­len­cia in the fi­nal group game to qual­ify for the knock­out stage if they fail to show more de­sire and in­ten­sity than against Palace.

De­feat left United 14 points adrift of lead­ers Man­ches­ter City af­ter 13 matches and Mour­inho said: “There was not enough in­ten­sity, not enough de­sire, so I think we played a game like one more game and I don’t think the game is one more game.

“There are matches that are spe­cial matches and this was the first of eight Premier League games un­til the end of De­cem­ber and was a game we needed to win.

“My feel­ing is there was not enough from the heart, we must play with brain, but we must play with also heart and I think there was not enough.

“There are peo­ple who have a bad din­ner, there are peo­ple that will en­joy a nice din­ner and there will even be peo­ple that will party. I think that’s the way it is.”

Paul Pogba was among sev­eral who un­der­per­formed, with the mid­fielder sub­sti­tuted 22 min­utes from time. Mour­inho said he was pre­pared to make changes and pick play­ers who show more heart, even if that means los­ing some qual­ity.

When asked if top-level pro­fes­sion­als should be show­ing more heart, Mour­inho replied: “I agree. You can­not change play­ers’ na­tures dra­mat­i­cally. I have to make choices based on heart.

“We didn’t score goals, so that’s a frus­tra­tion. Hav­ing a match in two days is the good thing. There’s not a long time to be moan­ing be­cause to­mor­row is train­ing.”

Vic­tor Lin­de­lof is likely to miss Tues­day’s match af­ter pulling up with a thigh in­jury that prompted Mour­inho to walk across the Old Traf­ford pitch to con­sole his de­fender.

An­gry: Jose Mour­inho slammed his play­ers af­ter the goal­less draw with Crys­tal Palace

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