Paul Scholes rips into 'awful' players after Young Boys win

Paul Scholes rips into 'awful' players after Young Boys win

Darren Sullivan
November 28, 2018

United have endured their worst start to a Premier League season in 28 years, with Mourinho's side managing only eight goals in eight domestic games at Old Trafford so far this campaign.

Mourinho's comments about his players have come back under scrutiny ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie against Young Boys after he questioned their "heart" following the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Luke Shaw admits you need a "thick skin" to play for Jose Mourinho but says he has "enjoyed" the Manchester United manager's tough love.

"I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating", he said.

"I would say if we have him for the Christmas period - where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that hard period until the Newcastle match on January 2 - if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good". You or the fans probably think Jose told [the players] to start slow and nice and easy, or to wait to react.

"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. I never feel pressure at home".

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He warned then that a repeat display against Youngs Boys would leave United needing to go Spain and beat Valencia in their final Group H game if they were to remain involved in the competition.

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

United will be without injured Sweden defender Victor Lindelof while Swiss champions Young Boys, who lost the reverse fixture 3-0, are missing French striker Guillaume Hoarau because of an ankle problem. "Let's play this game like a game we have to win".

"If you feel pressure, stay at home", Mourinho said. We train hard for the team and we're just looking forward to putting things right on Tuesday. United are now clear favourites to go through to the last 16 with Juventus.

'It's unfair to harp back to old times with the new regimes but it needs good passing and positive play - it's the total opposite to what we're seeing with the current team and it's very much with the identity of this team.