Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Mourinho: Face the pressure or stay at home

Mourinho: Face the pressure or stay at home

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.

'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. It is not a crucial match because if we don't win we still don't depend on other results but I want to play from minute one like it's the last chance we have to qualify. And he says Mourinho's side now represent the antithesis of some of the swashbuckling United teams of yesteryear.

"I want the team to start strong, go strong on the opposition, not to be waiting", he said.

Mourinho has also called for an end to the sluggish starts that have characterised many of their recent matches. "I want to play this game as a knockout game". "Let's play this game like a game we have to win".

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.

The Portuguese then went on to claim that Matteo Darmian, who made only his second appearance of the season this past weekend has "a little [problem]" and will not be involved on Tuesday, and ruled out Marcos Rojo out of the tie as well.

"We are going to stay in a hotel just a few metres away and the information I have from the club and the club contacts with the police is that things are going to be much better than the last time".

Mourinho has already watched his side draw with Valencia and lose 1-0 to Juventus, so it's safe to assume he'd be disappointed if they failed to break their duck.

As he plans to crank up the pressure on his players to secure a victory against Young Boys, Mourinho was asked if his players prefer to play away rather than at home due to the expectations of United's 75,000-plus supporters at Old Trafford.

"I think Manchester United are strong at home and, for sure, also they want to show to their crowd that they are strong also at home", he said. "If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support, come on?"

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