Manchester United vs Wolves, Premier League

Toby Graves
September 23, 2018

Mourinho was critical of his players' attitude in a game which saw a fine strike from Wolves' Joao Moutinho in the 53rd minute cancel out Fred's 18th-minute opener.

Mourinho was praising of Wolves but not of his own who he felt were below par.

That the season follows a World Cup also adds to the challenge, a fact epitomised by Tottenham - the club with the most semi-finalists - losing three successive games since comprehensively winning at Old Trafford.

Premier League victories at Burnley and Watford were followed up on Wednesday with a 3-0 Champions League win - on a plastic pitch - against Switzerland's Young Boys.

Despite dominating possession, United struggled to make headway against a well-drilled Wolves team, who threatened to snatch a win at the end in a match that pitted Mourinho against his former reserve goalkeeper during his time at Porto, Nuno Espirito Santo.

"I could go in this direction but Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard didn't play".

Yet, despite United's strong recent run, Wolves looked capable of handing the home manager an unwanted first, with Mourinho seeking to avoid an impressive statistic of never having lost consecutive home league games throughout his managerial career. I can't explain the difference in attitude'.

The season may be only be six games old but already it is hard to see Jose Mourinho's side competing with Liverpool and Manchester City for the title. I don't want to say was [Eric] Bailly or [Phil] Jones and is now Smalling or Lindelöf. I could say (we were) exhausted, Champions League, bad pitch, the body suffers a different impact than (in) a match on natural grass, not coming home after the match. We are going to play better than we did, so that's what we can do. So yes, it's a mental situation.

Brazilian midfielder Fred drove home from the edge of the area after a sublime, one touch, deft short pass from Paul Pogba.

This is all you have to know about how unsustainable United's performances are if they are to actually try and do something special this season.

"The attitude made the difference".

"I think this is more the influence of the moment".

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