Moody Mourinho cranks up pressure on Man United

Moody Mourinho cranks up pressure on Man United

Moody Mourinho cranks up pressure on Man United

Marcos Rojo - yet to play a minute this term - is also absent for the United manager, who has made his frustration clear at the club's failure to reinforce the defence over the summer.

As if to prove his left-back's point, Mourinho responded by declaring that any player feeling cowed by the pressure of performing in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford would be better off staying at home and watching Tuesday night's Champions League group game against Young Boys on television.

"I want the team to start strong, go strong on the opposition, not to be waiting", he said. You or the fans probably think Jose told [the players] to start slow and nice and easy, or to wait to react. It is exactly the opposite. "I want them to start strong and have a go nearly immediately".

A win will take Jose Mourinho's team into the knockout phase of the competition with a game to spare as long as Valencia do not beat Juventus in Turin.

Subsequent Premier League results have been less impressive - a 3-1 defeat in the Manchester derby followed after the worldwide break by Saturday's uninspiring 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

"The team I'm going to play, I [want to see] happiness to cope with the little pressure I'm going to try to add to the players". And although they're on the verge of reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, it is largely thanks to an improbable away win at Juventus where they rode their luck big time.

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United will be without Victor Lindelof for several weeks after he suffered a suspected thigh injury against Palace, with Mourinho hopeful of having the Sweden centre-half back for the hectic Christmas period. We played positive and that was most important'.

The combative Portuguese coach also confirmed that United should have no problem when it comes to getting to this home game.

"We decide to change hotel".

Meanwhile Mourinho said he was prepared to walk to Old Trafford if traffic problems again hampered United's preparations before a home Champions League tie. "We will still just depend on ourselves".

"If you feel pressure, stay at home - and when I say home I don't say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV", Mourinho told a news conference. I don't feel pressure to play at home.

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