Jose Mourinho didn’t mix his words after Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The Portuguese tactical was fuming with his players’ poor start, telling reporters - per BBC Sport - in his post-match press conference: "A team that concedes after two minutes is a team that is not ready, not mentally prepared, not focused, not concentrated.”
Moussa Sow’s extraordinary overhead kick after just 65 seconds left United facing an uphill battle while Jeremain Lens’ superb free-kick made it 2-0 to the home side on the hour mark.
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Wayne Rooney pulled a goal back with a long-range strike in the 89th minute, but that goal from the captain ultimately proved nothing more than a consolation for the Red Devils.
"Our problems started in our global attitude,” Mourinho added. “They were playing the Champions League final, we were playing a summer friendly. That is the reality of how the game started.
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"They deserved to win, football is not just about quality, it is also about effort, commitment, playing the limits and giving everything. You have to play for 90 minutes in the maximum of your desire and concentration.
"In an atmosphere like this, to give the advantage to the opposition, that is where they want to be. They then slowed the play, putting pressure on the referee, simulating and that is our fault."
Video: United players' body language before Fenerbahce match
Mourinho was clearly irritated by his side’s slow start - they also conceded after just 30 seconds against Chelsea last month - and a video has emerged of the players lining up before kick-off which shows the signs were there several minutes before Sow put Fenerbahce 1-0 up.
Paul Pogba is seen rubbing his face, Morgan Schneiderlin scratches his head, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are looking down at the floor and so on.
United fans react on Twitter
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United can't afford to lose their next two games
United, following their defeat in Turkey, now find themselves third in Group A with two matches remaining.
In order to qualify, they will probably need to avoid defeat - and pick up at least one victory - from their next two matches against Feyenoord and Zorya.
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