Mourinho Criticizes United Players’ Mentality Following Slump
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has come hard on his players following a recent string of unimpressive results.
The outspoken Portuguese called for the Red Devils to break out of their “comfort zone” and imbibe his “winning” methods that he’s been trying to impart in them all season, Sky Sports writes.
United currently enjoy a 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, but three consecutive draws has left them sitting sixth in the table, four points adrift of the final Champions League qualification place much to the dismay of their manager.
“I don’t know the players very well. I didn’t know that some players need time to live with this, because it must be part of your natural habitat,” he said ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.
“Play to win, responsibility to win, cope with the pressure to win. This is something that has to belong to your natural habitat. For some guys, it doesn’t.
“They also need that time to go out of their comfort zone or a zone where they are protected that we assume the objective is not to win, that also takes time.”
Ahead of this weekend’s trip to stuttering champions Leicester City, the two time Champions League winning coach says his own hunger for success has never changed.
“Something in football that doesn’t change, especially in my mentality, is the desire to win, the responsibility to win, the feeling that I’m never happy with myself, that I always want more from myself,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t accept anything that is good. You don’t want good, you want very good.
“That is something I always fight for every day for the people that surround me – players, assistants, medical department, everybody.”
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