Friday 18 October 2019

Mourinho admits his troops were 'too passive'

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: AFP/Getty
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: AFP/Getty

Another Manchester United defeat and another post-match lament from their manager as Jose Mourinho took a sanguine approach to the team's poor start in Valencia.

The Portuguese supremo felt United's lack of intensity cost them dear.

The Old Trafford boss told BT Sport: "We scored two goals and instead of winning 2-1, we lost 2-1. I think we were too passive in the first half, quite comfortable with the ball but not with intensity and ambition.

"And in the second half I was pretty sure after speaking at half-time things could be different but we started the second half with an own goal, which gave Valencia a better position to control the game.

"I made the two changes and the team improved immediately. We started playing faster, arriving with link-play in more dangerous positions.

"We got to 2-1, probably we should get to 2-2 because we had a couple of important chances to equalise. We wasted the first half playing too comfortable and with not enough intensity." Mourinho conceded United were not at their best in the group phase but was glad the ultimate aim was achieved.

He said: "Job done. In a difficult group. I don't think we were brilliant in this group phase. We got enough points to qualify.

"Enough points with the squad we have, with the problems we have. With the injuries we have, we managed to come here tonight and be already qualified."

Elsewhere, Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari offered no excuses after his Spanish giants were floored 3-0 by CSKA Moscow.

"We started the game well, especially the first 30-35 minutes, but we weren't good enough in either box and they punished us," reflected Solari. "I didn't like what I saw in the second half. We wanted to finish the group with a win, and we didn't do that."

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