Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

No mad dogs at United and ‘simplicity is genius’, says Mourinho

No mad dogs at United and ‘simplicity is genius’, says Mourinho

"You don't play. You don't respect players and supporters". And you kill the mentality of the good honest people around you, ' Mourinho told his former vice-captain, a dressing room source told the Daily Record.

Manchester United pulled into seventh on goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera, and will finish the weekend at least six points back of the Top Four.

Mourinho was forced to field a back three which included midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay after injury ruled out Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.

Ever since Mourinho's spell at Real Madrid, he appears to have picked one player to battle with in order to lay down his authority, with mixed results: Iker, Casillas, Eden Hazard, now Paul Pogba. 'In the second half we went back to that dynamic where we lost too many balls in midfield, when the players don't understand that simplicity is genius.

'We lost so many balls in midfield, that was hard to have that continuity, ' Mourinho said in a post-match interview. And when the players don't understand that simplicity is genius, especially in some parts of the pitch, and they keep and keep and keep in going to complicated football it's hard to have that continuity'.

"We don't have many mad dogs, the ones who bite all the ball all the team and press all the time, we don't have many with that spirit", he said.

Unfortunately Pogba was arguably United's poorest player on the pitch as he consistently gave the ball away and was sloppy overall.

"I think Toby's a brilliant player and he loves Tottenham", Hazard told Express Sport. "We spoke before the game about running, it's very, very simple but in this day and age you have to run and run fast and be direct and make things happen".

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