Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Manchester United struggling to sell tickets for Young Boys clash

Manchester United struggling to sell tickets for Young Boys clash

Jose Mourinho says his players would be better off staying at home and watching Manchester United on television if they can not handle the pressure of playing at Old Trafford.

The story comes after Manchester United dropped yet more points in the Premier League on Saturday, when they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Okay, you lose, but you go with that spirit until the end.

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.

Mourinho has often appeared downbeat throughout the campaign, as well as frustrated at a perceived lack of transfer activity, and he was unimpressed with the way his side approached the Palace game. I want to play this game as a knockout game, that we have to win tomorrow.

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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. "Palace deserve some credit but we have to blame ourselves".

But, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday, Mourinho insisted: "I want my players to be proactive, not reactive".

The result that followed was more damning as Manchester United limped to a draw to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and lost more ground in the race to finish in the top four. "If you feel pressure, stay at home. and I don't mean stadium home, I mean home home!"

According to Manchester Evening News, Jose said to BT Sport: "I think he feels, when he sets the team up, he has to really protect the middle of the pitch, the centre-halves". You probably thought Jose told them to start slow.

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"There are games that are special games and not just one more match". "I want my players to be strong". I want my players to be strong.

"You can improve. You can influence players - especially when they are open to it, when a player realises he has to give more and change his nature".

Victor Lindelof might have a slight niggle and we could see Bailly receiving a start on Tuesday.

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