‘It’s definitely not good enough’: Paul Pogba criticises Manchester United’s attitude

Carla Harmon
August 20, 2018

Jose Mourinho's fears over failing to sign a new centre-back were realised as a shambolic defensive display saw his Manchester United side lose 3-2 at Brighton on Sunday.

United's manager refused to share any thoughts about his players, claiming he has been criticised by the media for speaking too openly in the past about individuals who have displeased him.

"I think it's going to be a very hard season", he said in an interview on Friday.

United were woeful as they fell to a 3-2 loss at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, a scoreline that flattered Mourinho's side. In the first half it was a hit.

The most unforgivable element of this shameful Manchester United performance was this: if there is one quality that United fans expect their players to possess it is the right attitude, yet they were supine here, they surrendered here, they embarrassed themselves and that famous shirt. "But, of course, I agree with him - the class, you can not buy it".

Whatever was said at half time made no difference as United toiled for long periods.

"As a manager, you have to push them and push them to the point where you are nearly falling out with them but you cannot cross that line otherwise you end up falling out with two or three of the top men and they can get you out of the door".

Lindelof was at fault for the first, letting Murray steal in to score.

The footage features the Old Trafford derby, won impressively by City in December, and has the narrator, Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley commenting: "It is Guardiola versus Mourinho once more".

For now, Mourinho will have to make do with what he has got. "The experience of last season, where we conceded heavy defeats to the top-six sides will help us".

Brighton toppled United 1-0 on the south coast in May en route to a 15th-place finish in last term's Premier League.

"Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof may have played like youth team players but they are defenders Mourinho spent £60million to bring in".

After the demoralising defeat at Watford on the opening weekend it was vital that Brighton got up and running as quickly as possible.

Brighton's next match is at Liverpool on Saturday, and Hughton added: "There are not many more hard places than Liverpool to go". Last season was a tough moment for his family.

Pogba, captaining United, made the scoreline more respectable with nearly the final kick of the game following Duffy's foul on substitute Marouane Fellaini.

"There were too many mistakes and we were punished for the mistakes".

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