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Mourinho demands intensity against Young Boys

27 November 2018

Lou Macari has indicated that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho must earn his corn by trying to get the best out of the current squad, which he feels needs massive improvement.

Given the Portuguese's widespread criticism as the defender publicly fell down the Old Trafford pecking order, there were times this year when some suggested it was a case of when rather than if the 23-year-old would leave the club.

"You have to be some player at 19 years of age to move to a new country and become the leader of a defence like Manchester United's, which is already weak".

Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all made Saturday's starting XI having recovered from injury, whilst Luke Shaw is back in contention having served a domestic ban.

United are also without Argentina global Marcos Rojo for the visit of Young Boys.

"I kind of enjoyed it", Shaw said of Mourinho's rebukes.

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"I refuse to say that", said the United boss.

"Every player always wants to play in the biggest team but I don't think that Marko is thinking about that".

"But I think he was talking about nowadays' generation, as opposed to when he was a bit younger".

"We had more men, we were more mature, we were more prepared for life, we were less protected".

"We found the spaces by analysing the opponents and training and bringing these ideas to the game".

United can book their place in the knockout rounds with victory over the Swiss champions but the club have failed to sell out and are offering tickets on general sale.

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Traffic congestion also saw Juventus arrive just over an hour and United barely 50 minutes before their clash at Old Trafford that same month.

"You need a thick skin to play under this manager and for this club", he said. "We will still just depend on ourselves", Mourinho 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".

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.

"Obviously thats what we need to do. I think that's the way it is". "Everyone in the changing room is a fighter and we want the best for the team and the club".

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Mourinho demands intensity against Young Boys