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Jose Mourinho Singled Out ‘Two Or Three Players’ For Particular Criticism Following Derby Day Defeat

Jose Mourinho was outraged following his sides defeat.

Although the scoreline might have suggested that the Manchester Derby was a tight affair, it reality Pep Guardiola’s side dominated much of the game.

During the opening 35 minutes United struggled to deal with City’s pace up front, with Kevin De Bruyne particularly influential throughout the game.

Indeed it was the Belgian that opened the scoring after 15 minutes, before Kelechi Iheanacho doubled city’s lead in the 36th.

Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic took advantage of a Claudio Bravo error to get United back into the game, in truth his finish only served to paper over their deficiencies.

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Consequently Mourinho reacted by substituting the disappointing Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at half time, replacing the duo with Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford respectively.

In turn City turned to Fernando to shore things up, and aside from the Bravo’s ugly challenge on Rooney, comfortably kept United at bay.

In true Mourinho style, he refused to blame himself after the game, and instead singled out ‘two or three players in the first half who if I know what was going to happen I would not play them’.

Sometimes players disappoint managers. They didn’t give me what I want.

It’s their fault, it’s my fault.

Although the United boss didn’t offer any clues as to the identity the players who let him down, the very fact that he replaced Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan suggests that they are two of the three he referred to.

The third player could be anyone from a list that includes Paul Pogba, Daley Blind and Wayne Rooney.

 

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.