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February 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.