Jose Mourinho has instructed Manchester United’s underachieving gamers to “keep at residence” if they can not deal with the strain to carry out at Previous Trafford as they search to succeed in the Champions League final 16.
Younger Boys are the guests on Tuesday because the Crimson Devils look to qualify for the knockout part with a sport to spare — a feat they are going to obtain ought to they win and Valencia fails to beat Juventus.
Progress could be a welcome shot within the arm after Saturday’s tepid goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace, which left them 14 factors behind Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis and with a mere three wins from 9 residence matches in all competitions.
Nonetheless, Mourinho rejected strategies that his gamers discover it simpler to play away and laughed off a suggestion that enjoying at Previous Trafford introduced added strain forward of going through the Swiss champions.
“In the event you really feel strain, keep at residence — and after I say residence, I don’t say stadium residence, I say residence and watch on TV,” he mentioned.
“In the event you really feel strain to play matches at residence the place the folks come to assist… come on. I by no means felt strain to play at residence.”
Mourinho expects a response from his aspect in Tuesday’s Group H encounter, having questioned a few of his gamers’ “coronary heart”, want and depth after the 0-Zero draw with Palace.
The United supervisor spoke of his frustrations along with his group’s sub-par performances earlier than the match towards Swiss aspect Younger Boys, saying he wished his gamers “to not be reactive however proactive”.
“I need the group to start out sturdy, I need the group to have a go instantly and it’s a bit irritating,” he mentioned.
Mourinho mentioned defender Victor Lindelof would probably be out of motion for “fairly some time” with an harm.
“(Lindelof) does the scan (Tuesday) however, by the expertise of the medical division and the emotions of the participant, he has a muscular downside and a muscular downside takes time,” he added.
“I’d say if we’ve got him for the Christmas interval — the place we’d like, if attainable, each participant to be accessible for that troublesome interval till the Newcastle match on January 2 — if we are able to have Victor accessible for that interval, will probably be good.”