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Young Boys is not a crucial match, says Jose Mourinho

Young Boys is not a crucial match, says Jose Mourinho

"So, I think we played a game like 'One more game, ' and I don't think the game is 'One more game.' I think it is a game we really need to win".

Mourinho's comments about his players have come back under scrutiny ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie against Young Boys after he questioned their "heart" following the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday. "When you're not the gap is obviously going to be big".

Wilfried Zaha tormented United, his former club, and Cheikhou Kouyate had a goal ruled out for offside on an afternoon when Patrick Van Aanholt and Andros Townsend wasted glorious chances for Palace.

Mourinho has often appeared downbeat throughout the campaign, as well as frustrated at a perceived lack of transfer activity, and he was unimpressed with the way his side approached the Palace game.

But United's slow starts have continued to hamper them this season as they are well off the pace in the PL.

With United able to qualify for the knockout rounds tomorrow if they beat Young Boys and Juventus don't lose to Valencia, Mourinho wants his players to go all-out for victory and treat the game as a knockout match.

'If you feel pressure stay at home and when I say "home" I don't say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV, ' said the United boss, who has orchestrated away wins over Young Boys and Juventus in this season's Champions League.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action during their English Premier League soccer match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford Manchester England Saturday Nov. 24 2018
Mourinho blames Man United's lack of heart for Palace draw

"I think Jose gave the right message before the game saying they will end up in the top four. Palace deserve some credit but we have to blame ourselves".

The draw at Old Trafford saw United fall further behind Liverpool and Manchester City who were both victorious.

"They're inconsistent, not just in games, but from half to half within games", he said on his own podcast, per Sky Sports. Always. I always prefer to play at home. I want my players to be strong.

"My feeling is that there was not enough from the heart", Mourinho added.

"When you see fantastic things that the players did that demands that spirit, ambition and pride you believe they have it".

The 23-year-old was included as one of four Man United players that Mourinho said "are still missing something" in an interview last month.




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