Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho: Two Man Utd players have performed at a 'high level' all season

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Jose Mourinho is losing his marbles at Manchester United.

On Tuesday, the Portuguese manager watched his side lose 2-1 at home to Sevilla and exit the Champions League in humiliating circumstances.

And on Friday, he gave an impassioned 12-minute speech to reporters explaining how United being knocked out in the last 16 was "nothing new".

Mourinho pulled no punches in his press conference and even told his players to "grow up" and "learn to cope" with the high expectations of fans.

For 12 minutes Mourinho attempted to defend his record and tactics as a manager, but according to the BBC, there was a part two to his extraordinary speech.

In the video, the 55-year-old reiterated the point that United were never one of the favourites to win the Champions League.

Mourinho also turned on his players again by saying that some of them have been underperforming recently, though he refused to mention any names.

He did, however, name the two players that he feels have consistently performed at a high level since the start of the season: Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.



"I told [you] from the mental point of view, but I also told [you] we are not one of the top teams," continued Mourinho. "Not one of the favourites to win.

"I told you that with these words because I cannot tell you with different words while I am still in competition. I cannot be in competition, go there and say we have no chance.

"I couldn't tell you. It's the same thing. You cannot expect me to say, 'This and that player, they have to do better.' You cannot expect me to say.

Manchester United v Sevilla FC  - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

"I prefer to say that Matic and Lukaku are performing at a high level since day one until the last match. I cannot tell you the ones that are not performing."

Wow. Lukaku and Matic will be happy to know Mourinho has been impressed by them, but the rest of United's players might feel on edge after the Portuguese's comments.

Mourinho clearly has a few names in mind who haven't been up to scratch lately and you wouldn't put it past him to make a number of changes over the coming weeks.

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