Valencia 2 - 1 Manchester United: Mourinho Criticizes Players Again
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has criticized his first 11 following a 2-1 defeat to Valencia in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game.
Valencia went 2-0 up after Carlos Soler's low strike and a Phil Jones own goal, before United reduced the deficit through substitute Marcus Rashford with three minutes left on the clock.
The 2-1 defeat saw United, who has already qualified for the Round of 16, miss a chance to top Group H, and Mourinho said he did not learn anything from the encounter.
"Nothing that happened surprised me at all," said Mourinho when asked if he had learned anything about his players.
"I didn't learn anything from this game."
Mourinho made eight changes to his side as he recalled midfielders Paul Pogba, Fred, Marouane Fellaini and Andreas Pereira, plus defenders Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo and goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
The manager said he expected better from the players."I expect (better) from my players, especially players that week in, week out, you ask me 'why don't they play?', 'why they don't they start?' the United manager said.
"(It) was a good match to play, a match without any kind of pressure, a match in a competition that everybody likes to play.
"And, in the end, my team improved, really, when I made the changes that I didn't want to make, which is a little bit of frustration because I didn't want to play the three players that I played in the second half."
United heads to a crucial English Premier League encounter against Liverpool on Saturday, and Mourinho will aim to return to winning ways.
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