Manchester United host BSC Young Boys at the Old Trafford on Tuesday evening as they seek to seal qualification into the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League. A win for the Red Devils coupled with Valencia’s failure in seeing off Juventus would be enough for Jose and Co. in going through.
However, the manager is aware that his side is not in the best run of form and slammed the players’ attitude following the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace over the weekend. Mourinho also said that his players “lacked heart”. The team was also booed off the pitch at the end of the final whistle by the Old Trafford faithful.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Jose Mourinho said that his side needed to be ruthless and treat the Young Boys fixture as their last chance to qualify for the knockouts.
“I want my players to be proactive, not reactive. I want my players to be strong. It is not a crucial game, but I want to play like it is the last chance to qualify. I want to play like a knockout game.”
Mourinho: "The boys who are picked (vs Young Boys) to play need to play with their brains and their hearts. Ability alone is not enough; we need to show lots of aggression and intensity to go along with that." #mulive [mu]
— utdreport (@utdreport) November 27, 2018
The 55-year-old also confirmed Victor Lindelof’s unavailability for the Tuesday clash and said that he faces a lengthy layoff, with the Christmas period being a targeted date for the Sweden international’s return.
“He will be out for quite a while. We have (Eric) Bailly and (Phil) Jones. Marcos Rojo has some little injury and Victor an injury — a proper injury — that will keep him out for a while, so Jones, (Chris) Smalling and Bailly are the three we have at the time.”
“He (Lindelof) has a scan tomorrow but, by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the players, he has a muscular problem and a muscular problem takes time. We need, if possible, every player to be available for that difficult (Christmas) period until the Newcastle match on January 2. If we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good.”
Manchester United should comfortably see of BSC Young Boys having picked up a 3-0 win in Switzerland on the first match day of the season. Victor Lindelof’s injury, however, is definitely a big blow for the Red Devils given that only Smalling, Jones and Bailly are the only available options. Marcos Rojo is also injured.
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