Man. United Loss: We Started The Game Sleeping – Mourinho


Man United Loss: We Started The Game Sleeping – Mourinho

United’s Manager, Jose Mourinho says Manchester United paid the price for a slow start against Fenerbahce.

Jose Mourinho who was a bit frustrated in Turkey was not very happy with his side after they suffered a 2-1 Europa League defeat at Fenerbahce.

United produced a rather dull display in Turkey against a pumped-up home team.

Fenerbahce took the lead in the second minute thanks to a sensational overhead kick from Moussa Sow.

Throughout most of the game, United continued to struggle and fell further behind when Jeremain Lens scored a second from a second-half free-kick.

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But for a late strike from embattled captain, Wayne Rooney, Man United loss to Fenerbahce would have been without a consolation.

United had comfortably defeated the Turks 4-1 in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford two weeks ago.

Mourinho had said he made it clear to his team that things would not be so easy this time.

He said:

“It was like they were playing a Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly.

“I passed on all my experience. Play against them in our home is easy – you come to Turkey and it’s completely different.

“But we started the game sleeping. They started at 100mph, we started really slow.”


With Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling out, United used Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo in the heart of the defence.

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Mourinho disclosed that his team was  “playing with two left backs in the centre.”

According to the United boss,

“We don’t mark and then the game is a different story. They are where they want to be and can control the game.

“They simulate a few falls, put pressure on the referee, provoke some conflicts, but it’s not their fault – it’s our fault.

“It is our fault that we let them be in front. I think we did not deserve [to win], as for me football is from the first second.

“Fenerbahce played an emotional game and they deserved it.”

Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat was unsurprisingly pleased with his team’s win.

He told reporters:

“I think they deserve credit for the way they played as a team.

“When we had the goal we were not scared to attack. We scored two but could have had four or five.”