Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he “didn’t like his team” during their 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson made a return to the stands for the first time since undergoing brain surgery. He received an outstanding reception from the fans. However, it wasn’t exactly like old times for his beloved team at the Theatre of Dreams.
“I didn’t like my team,” said Jose after he saw his United side held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves. “If we play against Wolves like we did against Tottenham, I think we win,” he claimed.
“It looks a contradiction but I am more disappointed today than I was against Tottenham. One team was coming to play the game of their lives and another to relax.”
“This is the attitude I like my team to have,” said Mourinho afterwards. The issue with this comment is that he’s not talking about his team. In fact he is praising the Wolves players.
“That attitude made a difference. They played at the maximum of their intensity and desire and we didn’t.” Wolves’ intensity lead to them being rewarded when Joao Moutinho’s left-footed shot rifled into the top corner to grab a point for the newly promoted side.
Fred had looked to put United on course for a fourth consecutive win after he managed to get his first goal for the club after some great work from Paul Pogba. Unlike Wolves, Man Utd lacked intensity and desire which ended up costing them.
Yet again Alexis Sanchez failed to impress in a United shirt. The Chilean was operating the space between Ryan Bennet and Matt Doherty, which was ideal for Sanchez as it gave him an opportunity to showcase his quality. However, his impact was very limited, mustering only a single shot.
Jose Mourinho will need to find some solutions if Manchester United are going to turn things around. Their next opponents are Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the Carabao Cup on September 25.
Will Jose be happy with his team on Tuesday night or will Frank Lampard shock the nation against his former boss?