Thursday 18 July 2019

Jose Mourinho refuses to point finger of blame at Daley Blind

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Reuters
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho refused to point a finger of blame at Daley Blind as he was caught napping at the past post as Basel snatched a dramatic last minute winner that kept Group A alive heading into the final round of fixtures.

United are all but assured of a place in the last-16 heading into a home game against CSKA Moscow, but that did not dilute the disappointment for Mourinho as his side conceded a last gap winner to Michael Lang.

“We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant,” declared Mourinho, in an interview with BT Sport.

“It looks for many periods int he first half it was impossible not to win. I think the majority of the second half the feeling of everyone was OK, it will be 0-0, but they got the late goal.

"It is not fair for Blind to blame himself. He had a very positive game. We have to blame everyone on the pitch because we had so many chances.

"We played against a team with five defenders, we knew that we tried to play with three attacking players, that worked in the first half. We didn’t score in the second half, we knew one point was enough.

"In the end, we lost so it's hard for me to be upset with the players. In the first half, the attitude and football was good. If we play like this ten times, we win. This just happened to be the one time we lost.”

Blind offer a philosophical assessment of his side’s defeat, as he accepted he was at fault for a goal that conceded United to their first Champions League defeat of the season.

“It was a good cross and he came round the back and I was a little too late,” he stated, “We have enough confidence in the group, we will be well.”

United need to avoid a defeat by six goals in their final group game to secure top six in Group A, but the defeat will still sting for Mourinho and his players, who failed to make the most of the chances they created in Switzerland.

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