Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has openly revealed the reason behind his side’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to Valencia on Wednesday night.
Mourinho and his team have missed out on the chance to lead Group H of the Champions League after failing to beat Valencia at Mestalla Stadium.
Juventus, who top the group, have also suffered a 2-1 defeat to Swiss side Young Boys at Stade de Suisse Wankdorf.
But Mourinho has opted to explain the reason why his side failed in the hands of La Liga side by criticising his players.
“I think we were too passive in the first half,” Mourinho said.
“We were quite comfortable with the ball but not in intensity and ambition.”
“In the second half I was pretty sure that after speaking at halftime things could be different but we started with an own goal that gave Valencia a better position to control the game.”
“I made the two changes later and the team improved immediately, we started playing faster, arriving with link play in more dangerous positions, and we probably should get to 2-2 because we had a couple of good chances to equalise.”
“But we started the first half playing too comfortable and not with enough intensity.”
United defender Phil Jones scored an own-goal just two minutes of the second half following Carlos Soler’s first-half strike. But the Red Devils failed to mount a sufficient enough comeback.
Therefore, former United midfielder Darren Fletcher has claimed that his Mourinho needs a new centre-half if things are to improve.
“There is no doubt that some of these Manchester United defenders are capable but they need that figurehead, that leader who could guide them,” Fletcher said.
“A top class centre-half like Virgil van Dijk has accelerated the progress of players at Liverpool.”
“When he’s not there they look questionable and that’s the difference that one top centre-half can have.”