José Mourinho: Manchester United’s improved defence not just due to defenders

Rosalie Gross
September 23, 2018

Mourinho was praising of Wolves but not of his own who he felt were below par.

Jose Mourinho blasted the attitude of his Manchester United players after their 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Saturday.

"Not a good performance, not a good result.A fair result, " Mourinho was quoted as saying the Mirror. They played like I like to play: each game is like the World Cup final.

"I don't speak with him for quite a long time to be honest, but when we speak we don't speak about my job or his job", Mourinho told reporters.

"Not just for us, also for the others because the others they can say exactly the same as I am saying and they can say "oh, Manchester United, good team, good squad, City good squad, good team".

Wolves, back in the Premier League this term after winning the Championship a year ago, have nine points from six games so far, one point less than United - who are eight behind leaders Liverpool.

We talked about how this run of four matches being played at home from the next five was supposed to be a good thing, but Manchester United continued with their inconsistent performances. "We are going to play better than we did, so that's what we can do".

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"So, they got this season, the Portuguese national team goalkeeper [Rui Patricio], they got [Joao] Moutinho, who is one of the players of the 100 caps club".

'That is one goal you concede.

'The players knew perfectly that Wolves press in midfield.

"And I could say [we were] exhausted, Champions League, terrible pitch [at Young Boys], the body suffered a different impact than a match in natural grass, not coming home after the match. You have 90 minutes to show a different attitude", Mourinho reflected. You don't need to have experiences at the highest level to learn that. It is a basic law of football.

"It looks a contradiction, but I'm more disappointed than I was against Tottenham".

In a match where United needed some creative spark, instead of lumping the ball forward looking for Marouane Fellaini for the last 20 minutes of the match, Alexis Sanchez was very much needed. "We all know that is not the case (in the Premier League)", he said.

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