Mourinho warns against ‘fantasy football’

first_imgManchester United Mourinho warns Man United over ‘fantasy football’ Matthew Sherry Last updated 2 years ago 05:57 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() jose mourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Basel Basel José Mourinho Paul Pogba The boss feels his charges lost their concentration towards the end of a straightforward win, and called on them to keep their shape throughout Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho issued a warning to his players despite returning to the Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win against Basel.United were largely in control at Old Trafford on Tuesday as goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford secured all three points in the Group A opener.Man Utd 10/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But, while pleased with the result, Mourinho felt they took their foot off the pedal having gone 2-0 ahead early in the second half.”Three points is very important,” the Portuguese boss told BT Sport. “It’s important to win when starting at home.”Until the second goal, we were very stable but, after that, we were not making the right decisions and we could have put ourselves in trouble.”There were bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStadium football, tricks. I don’t like it. You gamble a little bit.”I’m delighted with the win,” says @RomeluLukaku9. “Everyone is working really hard. It’s still a work in progress but we’re doing well.” pic.twitter.com/Y8eZ1caTLb— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2017″The players probably felt the game was over at 2-0, but you have to respect the opponent.”We lost our shape, the players relaxed too much and I didn’t like it. But, overall, the performance was solid and three points is the most important thing.”The victory was built around a fine display from Fellaini, who entered the game on a negative note when stand-in skipper Paul Pogba had to be withdrawn with an apparent hamstring injury.”I couldn’t be more pleased with him.”Jose Mourinho praises @Fellaini… pic.twitter.com/AodPDVmj38— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2017And maligned United midfielder Fellaini appreciates his manager’s backing, saying: “It feels good.”He knows what I can do and my quality. That’s important for me. I give everything on the pitch.”Another player who will have impressed Mourinho is Lukaku, who netted his sixth goal in as many games for United on his Champions League debut.The Belgium striker refused to be drawn on his own efforts, focusing on the importance of United responding to a disappointing 2-2 Premier League draw at Stoke City on Saturday.”I was delighted with the win,” he said. “We wanted to bounce back after the slip up against Stoke.”last_img

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