Mourinho Blasts Manchester United Players; Pogba To Miss A “Few Weeks” To Injury
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has accused his players of risking Champions League victory showing off “PlayStation football” against Basel, despite a 3-0 win in their first Champions League fixture on Tuesday.
Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford on the pitch ensured a comfortable night for the Portuguese coach as the Red Devils emerged group A leaders.
But despite the big margin, the 54-year-old manager claims he was unhappy with the performance of his players. Mourinho said: “Three points are important at home. Until 2-0 we were very stable, we played with confidence.
“After 2-0 everything changed. We stopped playing, we stopped thinking, we stopped playing seriously, stopped making the right decisions on the pitch.
“We could have put ourselves in trouble, but they didn’t score and we got the third.
“But it was bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStation football, flicks and tricks. When we stop playing seriously, stop playing as a team, I don’t like it.
“We gambled and you have to respect your opponent. I don’t know if goal difference will play a part. We lost position, our shape, we lost balls in easy situations.
“I didn’t like it, the players relaxed too much.”
Meanwhile, United midfielder Paul Pogba looks set for a spell on the sidelines after being substituted with a suspected hamstring injury during the first half against FC Basel.
The 24-year-old Frenchman, who was wearing the captain’s armband for the night, had to limp out of the UEFA Champions League action after just 18 minutes and he was replaced by Fellaini, who went on to score the opening goal.
When asked about the extent of his record signing’s injury, United manager Jose Mourinho told MUTV: “I don’t know. I just know from experience it’s a muscular injury. In my experience, muscular injury stops you from playing for a few weeks, I think.
“It looks for me too [like a hamstring injury] but I haven’t spoken yet to the medical department.”
United will face Everton next in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Old Trafford, and Mourinho could give a further update on Pogba’s condition when he conducts his pre-match press conference later this week.