Jose Mourinho condemns United players’ attitude after Huddersfield loss
Jose Mourinho slams players’ attitude after Huddersfield loss
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has condemned his players’ attitude in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Huddersfield, describing it as the worst he has seen since taking over at Old Trafford.
Mourinho suggested they should conduct the post-match media conference to explain their attitude.
Goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre put the promoted Yorkshire 2-0 up at half-time, prompting Mourinho to introduce Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford.
England striker Rashford pulled one back for the Red Devils, but Huddersfield held on for a famous win to hand United their first loss of the Premier League campaign.
“In the first-half, I was just waiting for that mistake,” Mourinho told reporters. “It was Mata and Victor, could be another one because the attitude was really poor.
“So they beat us on attitude and when I lose matches I like to lose matches because the opponent was better than us. When you lose a match because of attitude, that’s really bad.
“And I heard Ander Herrera in the flash interviews and he is saying that the attitude and desire was poor.
“Well my God, when a player says that and when a player feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why, because I can’t explain.
“It concerns me. If it happens today, why can’t it happen [again] tomorrow?”
“I don’t even remember a friendly match where our attitude was so poor. In the second half they tried. They played against an opponent defending and the wind was tremendous. We could have a second goal and a draw but it would have been an undeserved draw,” the former Real Madrid manger said.
“I feel really disappointed and if I was a Manchester United supporter, not a manager, I would be really disappointed because I think you can play and lose because the opponent had more quality but not because the opponent had more attitude. So I am really disappointed,” he added.
The former Chelsea manager praised Huddersfield for their attitude and the kind of approach he expected from his own side.
“They played like I like. They played with everything they have, like I like and like it has to be. They played with everything, aggression, desire, motivation, sacrifice and we didn’t. The team that deserved to win won. Simple,” he said.
The Red Devils are now trailing leaders Manchester City by five points.