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Mourinho questions his players ‘intensity’ and ‘technical quality’ after Valencia stalemate

Manchester United put in another poor display tonight as they drew 0-0 with Valencia at Old Trafford in the Champions League.

The Old Trafford outfit huffed and puffed a bit towards the end but this was another insipid display that resulted in whatever United fans that had actually hung around until the final whistle boo their underperforming team and manager off the pitch.

In true Jose Mourinho fashion the Manchester United manager used his post match interview as a way to question his players lack of desire and his defenders lack of technical quality which of course can also be interpreted as a dig at his clubs board who refused to allow the Portuguese to buy a centre-half this summer.

“We had probably a couple of the biggest chances to win it but I have accepted the result as a fair result. I said in pre-season last season was phenomenal to finish second. And I don’t say more than that.’’ Mourinho told BT Sport after the game.


“The players tried. They raised the level of their efforts. They raised the level of their intensity in spite of the fact we don’t have many with that intensity. We don’t have the technical quality to build from the back.

“We tried to do something we did well which was to stop a fast team on the counter attack. We knew we wouldn’t create 20 chances. Our attacking players aren’t in their best moments of confidence and individual level. We thought with three or four chances we would score and win the game.

“It is a not a bad result. Not a good result, but not bad. We have two matches against Juventus to make points. It is a very difficult group, yes.

“We have Newcastle before the league stops then we have Chelsea and Juventus in three days. It will be good for the team if we can beat Newcastle.”

This was United’s fourth consecutive game without a win and with their next two games in the Champions League against Italian giants Juventus, few will be backing Mourinho’s side to get much out of that particular double header if he remains in charge at Old Trafford.

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