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Jose Mourinho Unhappy with Manchester United Attitude After Saint-Etienne Win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg match between Manchester United and AS Saint-Etienne at Old Trafford on February 16, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2017

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho slammed his side’s attitude following their 3-0 victory over Saint-Etienne in the UEFA Europa League last 32 at Old Trafford on Thursday. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a hat-trick to ensure United will take a comfortable lead to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for the second leg next week. But Mourinho was not happy with his side’s approach, especially in the first half, per PA Sport (via ESPN FC):

I am [happy with the result], especially because in the first half, we played so bad, and we managed to finish it winning 1-0 when we don’t deserve. It was down to lack of concentration.

I had the feeling immediately in the dressing room—too noisy, too funny, too relaxed. Then my assistants had the feeling in the warm-up, with some of the guys not really focused on the getting the right adrenaline in their bodies.

Then the game started and the first thing we did was a back-pass [by Eric Bailly] to the striker [Romain Hamouma] to be face-to-face with Sergio [Romero].

So, lack of concentration. And when you don’t have it, it’s difficult to recover it. So in the first half was hard.

Even myself on the touchline, I felt it was difficult, the communication. I needed the half-time. So we were lucky, yes, to be winning 1-0.

I am not happy with it. At half-time, the result could be 1-1. I always think we have to play every game with the same attitude.

Despite the comfortable scoreline it was far from plain sailing for the hosts on the night, and Saint-Etienne could live to rue a number of missed chances.

More to follow.

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