Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, says that his players approached the loss to Fenerbahce as though it is a “summer friendly.”
Manchester United was dropped to position three in Group A after losing 2 – 1 in Istanbul.
With this lose, the Red Devils have thus won only two matches out of the past seven games.
“A team that concedes after two minutes is a team that is not ready, not mentally prepared, not focused, not concentrated,” said Mourinho.
Conceding few seconds into the game
When Manchester United played against Chelsea, they conceded within 30 seconds of the game. The behaviour seemed to have repeated with Fenerbahce as they were scored with 65 seconds.
The recently employed Red Devils manager said that the source of their problems was when they got into the match with the wrong attitude. As much as the players knew it was a Champions League final, the players took it as though it is a summer friendly.
He went on to say that Fenerbahce deserved to win. “Football is not just about quality, it is also about effort, commitment, playing the limits and giving everything. You have to play for 90 minutes in the maximum of your desire and concentration.”
The Portuguese also admitted that one of the positives of the game is that Wayne Rooney finally gave him a goal.
New signings not fruitful
Out of all his four summer signings – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, only Pogba began the match, before he got off due to a leg injury.
He was replaced with Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan got an opportunity to play ever since 10th September. Bailly hasn’t been on the pitch as a result of a knee injury.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes feels the form of the side is “a worry” and believes they will struggle to win the Premier League over the next couple of years.
Pogba broke signing records to come at the Old Trafford but he so far not produced results as expected. He went out of the match hopping with what seemed to be a dead leg. The seriousness of the injury is yet to be known and no one knows whether he will be part of the Premier League match against Swansea.
He has joins the list of injured Manchester United players that include Chris Smalling (foot), Antonio Valencia (broken arm) and Eric Bailly (knee ligament). The first two are not when they will return but Bailly has been sidelined until December.