Jose Mourinho has warned Manchester United’s under-performing stars that they need to “grow up” after the team’s tame exit from the Champions League.
Mourinho admitted his players must learn to cope with the pressure of expectations, a problem that has become all the more apparent in the wake of Tuesday’s European setback.
“The fans have to be sad with being out and the players have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure,” Mourinho said.
“They have to survive and when they survive they become stronger. An easy life, and the fans not upset, and no critics? That’s not good.
“If you want to make a real top team with top mentality, you need to grow up and the best way is to have this kind of feeling.
“I don’t want the fans to have low expectations, I want the fans to have high expectations because I want the players to have expectations too.”
“I also said we are not one of the top teams, not one of the favourites to win,” Mourinho added.
“I told you that with these words because I cannot tell you with different words while I am still in competition. I cannot be in competition, go there and say we have no chance.
“It’s the same thing. You cannot expect me to say, ‘this and that player, they have to do better’.
“I prefer to say that Matic and Lukaku are performing at a high level from day one until the last match.
“I cannot tell you the ones that are not performing. I cannot tell you before a Champions League match.
“We went out to a side that’s more successful than Manchester United in the last seven years in Europe.
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