Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho was not impressed by his team’s attitude after they lead 2-0 against FC Basel in the Champions League opener. United eventually sealed a 3-0 win on Tuesday night, but the manager showed his displeasure over the result.
Marouane Fellaini came off the bench early in the first-half for the injured Paul Pogba, and gave United a first-half lead with a bullet header. Romelu Lukaku doubled the scoreline for United following the break.
Marcus Rashford sealed the 3-0 triumph over Basel late on in the game, but Mourinho was unimpressed by his team playing ‘Playstation football’ for most of the second period, he told BT Sport h/t M.E.N, “Until 2-0, we were very 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.”
United were not at their scintillating best on their return to the Champions League, but they, nevertheless, secured a solid 3-0 over their Swiss counterparts. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, in particular, had a mixed performance on the night as he failed to convert a couple of clear-cut chances, and Mourinho clearly saw something in the team which did not please him.
The victory takes United to the top of Group A ahead of CSKA Moscow who clinched a surprise 2-1 win away at Benfica, who are regarded as one of the favourites to reach the knockout phase.