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Mourinho blames players for Manchester United’s starting games slowly

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has once again proven himself incapable of taking any responsibility for his sides abysmal start to the season.

The Red Devil’s currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League table, having already conceded more goals in their opening 13 games than they did in the entirety of last season, as well as creating less chances than 18th place Southampton.

One major criticism of Manchester United this season has been how they have repeatedly started games slowly, sitting off teams and seemingly waiting for their opponents to make the first move.

However, ahead of his sides crucial Champions League fixture against Young Boys tonight at Old Trafford Mourinho has been quick to point out that this habit of starting games poorly is very much down to his players.

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“It’s frustrating because what I want is the team to start strong, is the team to go strong on the opponent, not to be waiting, not to be reactive but proactive,” Mourinho told his pre-match press conference.

“That’s exactly what I want and probably you or the fans, they think ‘oh, Jose told them to start slow’, ‘Jose told them to play nice and easy and wait to see what happens’ or ‘to be losing for then to react’.

“It is exactly the opposite thing. I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating.

“It is not a crucial match because if we don’t win we still don’t depend on other results but I want to play from minute one like it’s the last chance we have to qualify. I want to play this game as a knockout game.”

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