‘I Don’t Like Flicks And Tricks’ – Jose Mourinho Admonishes Man Utd For Complacent ‘Playstation Football’ In Win Over Basel

Chris Wright

13th, September 2017


Ever the pessimist, Jose Mourinho still found something to moan about after watching his Manchester United side cruise to a straightforward 3-0 victory over Basel on their return to the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening.

You’d think the only blot on the copybook would be losing Paul Pogba to injury in the early stages of the match but no, after the final whistle Mourinho was left griping about the precise manner in which his team sauntered to a comprehensive win.

Grumbling to BT Sport after the match, the United boss said:

Until 2-0 we were stable, we played with confidence. After 2-0 everything changed, we stopped playing seriously and stopped making right decisions.

We could have put ourselves in trouble. We were playing fantasy football, Playstation football. I don’t like it – flicks and tricks.

We gambled and you have to respect your opponent. I don’t know if goal difference will play a part.

We lost position, our shape, we lost balls in easy situations. I didn’t like it – the players relaxed too much.

A pox on United for attempting to entertain people with a few flashes of spontaneity and flair in a match already comfortable won. A pox, we say.

Ladies and gentlemen, Jose Mourinho in a nutshell.

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  1. Beano says:

    Obviously they should have parked the bus and allowed Basel back into the game

  2. James Taylor says:

    I used to like Mourinho: his attitude was almost refreshing. But in the last few years he’s become a caricature of himself.

    • Chris Wright says:

      Can only assume the media-facing Jose is different to the player-facing Jose, because working under him must be an absolute chore if not.

  3. Bruno says:

    But he’s winning a trophy or three every year while Klopp and Wenger – the big hugging daddies full of beautiful naive football – are not, right?
    Give me Mourinho and his fleet of buses any time.

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