Manchester United: Mourinho's sensational tirade against players; Pogba injury latest; striker misses out on call up
Jose Mourinho was clearly frustrated by the appalling 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce last summer, and he let it out in the form of a shocking tirade against his own players as he told the press:
“A team that concedes after two minutes is a team that is not ready, not mentally prepared, not focused, not concentrated… Our problems started in our global attitude. They were playing the Champions League final, we were playing a summer friendly… They 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… One of the good things today is that Rooney finally scored a goal.”
The result leaves the Red Devils third in the group and requiring a win against Feyenoord and/or Zorya Luhansk to stand any chance of qualification to the knock out stages of the Europa League.
One of the major negatives of the night came just after the half hour mark as Paul Pogba scuffed his shot and then was forced off with what appeared to be a thigh injury. Whilst the extent of his injury is yet to be diagnosed, it is a massive blow to lose their £89 million talisman.
His injury may open the path to allow Bastian Schweinsteiger back into the first team frame, particularly with Ander Herrera suspended after seeing red against Burnley last weekend and a number of other players in the squad out with injuries of their own.
If Pogba has even the slightest injury it seems likely that he will be forced to withdraw from the France international squad, one which does not include forward Anthony Martial. Didier Deschamps, France boss, explained his decision to drop the former Monaco man s he told the French media:
“His club coach expects more from him, too, which has already been pointed out to him at the last meet-up. I have not forgotten what he is capable of doing but it is up to him to make efforts to find his best form. He is not at the level where he should be.”
For United, it is yet another blow to their reputation to see such key players struggling to maintain their positions on the international stage after a hugely disappointing start to the campaign.
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