Despite his team winning 3-0 against Basel during their first match of the new Champions League season, Jose Mourinho had reasons to be unhappy with his team.
The Portuguese manager believes that the game changed once his team were leading 2-0 and is not happy with some of his players’ attitude towards the end of the match.
On Tuesday night, the Red Devils played their first Champions League game since December 2015. Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford ensured United’s victory at their return in the most important clubs’ competition. The victory was shadowed by Paul Pogba’s injury, who is now expecting medical assessment, to find out when he will be able to return to the pitch.
Despite the clear victory, Mourinho had reasons to be unhappy with his players. The Portuguese manager said after the game: “It’s three important points won 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 and didn’t make the best decisions on the pitch. We could have put ourselves in trouble.
We were playing fantasy football, Playstation football. I don’t like it – flicks and tricks.
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.”