Jose Mourinho has come under incredible pressure of late. The Manchester United manager hasn’t done himself any favours, and his latest outburst has increased the heat on the Red Devils manager. Following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Leicester, Mourinho laid the blame on Ashley Young for Leicester’s equalising goal.
The Red Devils looked to be headed for victory until a stoppage-time goal from Harry Maguire gave Leicester a share of the spoils. Leicester were down to 10 men, and Mourinho has blamed his older players, specifically Young, believing they should have seen out the match.
During his post-game press conference, Mourinho spoke about his players needing to step up when it mattered most.
“I had the chance to speak with Ashley Young and to tell him the way the team had to be in position because of Smalling difficulty,” Mourinho said.
“But I think lack of maturity because I cannot stop the game and to give a team talk for the last two minutes.
“The players inside they have immediately to adapt and to read the game, which they didn’t.”
Mourinho also questioned the decisions his players made late in the match.
“You know, some players they have childish decisions and time helps them to have maturity and to decide better.
“But some other players they stay with childish decisions until the end of their career. It depends on what is inside [points at head], and depends on the way they learn and they don’t learn.”
Manchester United are now 13 points behind league leaders and city rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils have won just two of their last five games, including being eliminated from the Carabao Cup in midweek against Bristol City. Manchester United will host Burnley on Boxing Day.
Mourinho has not seen eye to eye with other Manchester United players this term. Mourinho has benched Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to his play, and Young could fall on the wrong side of Mourinho after Saturday’s draw with Leicester.