Daley Blind: Man United players have themselves to blame for Fenerbahce defeat

by Leo Nieboer

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.

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.

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