Daley Blind insisted that Manchester United have nobody else to blame but themselves after their 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Jose Mourinho‘s side – not for the first time this season – begun awfully in Istanbul, going behind after just two minutes.
The visitors failed to mount even an iota of attacking threat in response and were duly punished by a second Fenerbahce goal after 59 minutes. Wayne Rooney‘s late wonder-strike provided some late hope, but Man United couldn’t forge a last gasp equaliser.
Speaking after the game, Blind made it clear United deserve all the blame after another galling defeat.
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No leaders, no conviction going forward, no energy and, once again, no points. Defeat in Istanbul means that United’s winless run in Europe extends to nine games – almost three years. Any pedigree that this side had in Europe has essentially vanished into thin air.
At least Blind was honest in the aftermath: there are no adverse exterior of forces at play here. This is a side sapped of any mental strength or composure. Mourinho’s last trophy – a Premier League title in 2015 – was underpinned by a brutal, win-at-all-costs mindset; his current side, however, haven’t shown any signs of mental fortitude all season. And with a busy Christmas schedule coming up, something has to change quickly.