28 November, 2018
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants his side to take the game to Young Boys straight from kick-off when they face the Swiss club in a Champions League tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday (Nov 27). Get out while you can, men.
And perhaps that's why Mourinho also served up a challenge to his players in his pre-match media conference, claiming any member of the squad who doesn't like the pressure of playing at Old Trafford shouldn't bother turning up. "Let's play this game like a game we have to win".
"If you feel pressure where people come to support, stay and watch on TV".
Midfield has proved a particularly weak link of late, with Saturday's disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace a case in point, and Mourinho - who can not now seem to find a starting place for Fred, his £52m summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk - is hoping Pogba and company start winning some second balls on Tuesday night. Always. I always prefer to play at home.
The United manager stopped short of using such cutting soundbites on the eve of the Young Boys encounter but shed a light on the issues he faces.
"I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating", he said. You or the fans probably think Jose told [the players] to start slow and nice and easy, or to wait to react.
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"It is exactly the opposite thing".
A limited Young Boys side grew in confidence as the game went on and they tested De Gea, not least when the ball appeared to be squirming into the net before the United goalkeeper produced a quite remarkable save to scoop the ball away just as it was about to cross the line.
"It's the biggest club in the world and we as players need to take what's said and take that on board".
The 23-year-old England left-back has started all of United's games in the Champions League this term. It is not a crucial match because if we don't win we still don't depend on other results but I want to play from minute one like it's the last chance we have to qualify.
Mourinho confirmed that Victor Lindelof will be out for a few weeks, as the Swedish defender needs a scan on a muscle injury and could be out until after the festive period.