CONFIRMED: Manchester United’s Starting XI for Tuesday’s Match against BSC Young Boys

Mae Harvey
November 28, 2018

United drew the game 0-0 with Palace and Nicol says that shows the players are not listening to their manager.

Their current average of 1.3 goals per game at Old Trafford is nearly half the total the team were scoring at home in Ferguson's final campaign.

However, Mourinho knocked back suggestions his players find it easier to play away and laughed off a suggestion that playing at Old Trafford brought added pressure ahead of facing the Swiss champions. "I never felt pressure to play at home". "Do I prefer to play Young Boys here or go to Bern?"

Shaw has been regularly criticised by Mourinho during their time together at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese previously saying he was "making every decision for him" and the left-back was a "long way behind".

"If you feel pressure where people come to support, stay and watch on TV".

"I want to play this game as a knockout game and the team we are going to play is a team that tries to have that happiness to cope with that little pressure on the players that is not a real pressure because the reality is we have one more match to play. I want the team to start strong to have a go immediately and it's a bit frustrating". Probably the fans think José told them to start slow [in recent games] but it's the opposite. It is exactly the opposite. "I want my players to be proactive not reactive", said Mourinho.

"Sometimes, of course, it might look like that [players don't have enough desire] but I look in the training ground and I look around the changing room and I think everyone wants the same and that's to win games and to climb up the table", said Shaw.

"(Lindelof) does the scan (Tuesday) but, by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the player, he has a muscular problem and a muscular problem takes time", added Mourinho, who said Lindelof would be out for "quite a while". Bailly are the three [defenders] we have.

Lindelof played on despite the injury against Palace but Mourinho questioned the heart and desire of other players after the game, just days after pointing a finger at youngsters Martial, Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Luke Shaw, who were accused of lacking character and maturity as part of a wider critique about the "spoilt" modern day generation of players.

"You need a thick skin to play under this manager and for this club", he said.

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