Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at his players, criticising them for showing off and indulging in PlayStation football during their 3-0 win against Basel in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils who were playing their first Champions League game since December 2015 cruised to victory, thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford. Despite their facile win, Mourinho was not happy with the way his players switched off, especially after going 2-0 up.
“Three points are important at home. Until 2-0 we were very stable, we played with confidence. After 2-0 everything changed. We stopped playing, we stopped thinking, we stopped playing seriously, stopped making the right decisions on the pitch”, Mourinho said as quoted by ESPN.
“We could have put ourselves in trouble, but they didn’t score and we got the third. But it was bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStation football, flicks and tricks. When we stop playing seriously, stop playing as a team, I don’t like it”, he added.
The Red Devils night though was marred by an injury to key midfielder Paul Pogba who was forced off with a hamstring injury after going into a challenge with Mohamed Elyounoussi in the 19th minute.
United will next be seen in action on the 17th of September when they host Everton in the Premier League.