Manchester United fans respond to Mourinho criticism

05 February, 2018, 05:33 | Author: Laura Christensen
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It was mostly overlooked at the time, a casualty of the fanfare surrounding Alexis Sanchez's signing a few days earlier, but when Manchester United announced Jose Mourinho had signed a new contract last month, there was a line from the club's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, praising the manager's commitment to blooding youth.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists that his decision to drop Paul Pogba to the bench for his side's 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town was not a punishment.

"And it's certainly not an issue specific to Manchester United supporters - our away support is widely acknowledged, by fair minded fans, as the best in the country".

Huddersfield struggled to create clear-cut chances in their first league trip to Old Trafford since March 1972 but dug deep in the first half to frustrate the hosts, who claimed a penalty when Terence Kongolo poleaxed Scott McTominay.

When then asked to explain his comments, Mourinho replied: "It's not Portsmouth".

"It's not Portsmouth", he said. It was such a small stadium that the atmosphere there was incredible.


'I made changes thinking about the characteristics of this game and this kid [McTominay] has a great desire to recover the ball. "But to sit on the bench one day (Pogba came on in the 65th minute) is not the end of the world".

February 6th marks the 60th anniversary of the Munich air tragedy, which saw 23 people - including 11 United players and staff. One of most talented in the world.

He also, after the 1-0 win over Tottenham in October, expressed his unhappiness with United fans over what he regarded as unfair treatment of Lukaku.

"We have to improve not in the quality of the players, we have to improve in the dynamic of the team and in the efficiency because even (Saturday) it is a game to score more goals than two".

Midway through the second half, Sanchez was clumsily fouled by Michael Hefele on the edge of the box and although his initial spot kick was saved, he calmly followed up the rebound to finish off Huddersfield as they fell into the bottom three for the first time this term. "Unfortunately, that was not long enough".

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