José Mourinho was unimpressed by Manchester United’s attitude after going 2-0 up against FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League, despite the Reds going onto grab a third goal on Tuesday night.
Marouane Fellaini gave Man United a first half lead and Romelu Lukaku doubled the Reds’ advantage shortly after half-time.
Marcus Rashford scored on his Champions League debut to make it a comfortable victory for United, but in spite of the eventual result, Mourinho told BT Sport of his displeasure with his players’ “PlayStation football” in the second half.
“Until 2-0, we were very stable, we played with confidence,” Mourinho said.
“After 2-0 everything changed, we stopped playing seriously and stopped making right decisions. We could have put ourselves in trouble.
“We were playing fantasy football, PlayStation football. I don’t like it, flicks and tricks. We gambled and you have to respect your opponent.”
United didn’t play scintillating football at any point on Tuesday night, but were certainly solid for the majority part of the match.
Players like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata are always looking for flick-ons while United’s two young talented strikers Anthony Martial and Rashford use skills, though mainly pace, to beat their man. Mourinho clearly saw something in his players’ attitudes that he didn’t like.
“I don’t know if goal difference will play a part,” Mourinho admitted. “We lost position, our shape, we lost balls in easy situations. I didn’t like it, the players relaxed too much.”
United have a perfectionist in charge in José Mourinho, a manager who will not accept anything less than the best from his players.
If the Reds are going to challenge for the UEFA Champions League once more, given they haven’t reached the Final since 2011, Mourinho has the correct mindset to do so, and hopefully, that is being instilled into the squad.