Mourinho criticizes Man U Players
MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho questioned his players’ heart and desire after they slipped further behind in the race for the top four with a drab 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
With 21 points from their first 13 league games, it is United’s worst start to a campaign for 28 years and Mourinho pulled no punches after the stalemate at Old Trafford.
“Not enough intensity, not enough desire,” Mourinho told a news conference.
“I think we played a game like one more game and I don’t think the game is one more game. It is a game we really need to win. It was a game we need to win and my feeling is not enough from the heart, we must play with brain, we must also play with heart and I think there was not enough heart.”
When it was put to Mourinho that desire should be the minimum for a professional footballer, the Portuguese coach replied: “I agree.”
The 55-year-old went on to suggest he is having to work with players who would be tempted to go out on Saturday night despite suffering another disappointing result.
“I am what I am and every individual is different individual,” he said.
“There are people who have a bad dinner, there is people that will enjoy a nice dinner and there will even be people that will party. I think that’s the way it is.”