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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United players 'don't know what is needed to win'

Manchester United drew with Burnley and the manager cut a frustrated figure while maintaining that the team is improving.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on from stands during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on October 29, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho was sent off to the stands during the game against Burnley at Old Trafford

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has divulged his thoughts about the team and said that the players “don’t know what is needed to win” after yet another unyielding result in the Premier League. Burnley visited Old Trafford yesterday and snatched a point despite a dominating performance from a 10-man United, which has seemingly forced the manager to give his reactions.

Furthermore, Jose Mourinho has maintained that the team has significantly improved but added that it’ll take patience to turn it into a traditional Man United side. 

“It’s not the way I prefer, it’s just the way it is,” he said. “It’s the way I arrived at the club without Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane or Bryan Robson.

“I arrived later with a very good group of players to work with but many of them are not the end product, they are not ready, ready, ready, and some of them like Michael Carrick are in a period where they are phenomenal but they are not in the group that is 24 or 25.

“It is a process but I don’t change a word from the first day – we want to win. At this club, you must say that always and at this moment we still have four competitions to win. Let’s see out of the four what we win – four, three, two, one or nothing.” 

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Manchester United lost their game against Chelsea 4-0 and that irked sections of their fan base seeking immediate results. United did respond and win the Manchester derby in the EFL Cup, however, their consistency in delivering results and fluency in performance has often been questioned. Mourinho explained why he believes this is a difficult time for the club and what it would take to alleviate it.

“In three months it is not so easy to change the most difficult thing which is personalities. The style of play, even with mistakes, you can change here and there but at the psychological level, it takes more time especially if you go against the nature of some of the personalities.

“When you don’t have a very experienced squad where everybody knows how to win, what is needed to win, is a more difficult time.”

This is not the first time Jose Mourinho is taking over a club dealing with difficult times. He has an illustrious record of resurrecting clubs like Porto and Inter Milan with whom he won the Champions League and turned Chelsea into one of the Premier League giants. Hence, he continued to reassure fans by recalling his earlier successes.

“I have always gone to clubs in a non-easy process. I never went to a winning club with recent success where you can just introduce a bit of your salt and pepper and change the direction and the road to success was there,” he said.

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