Manchester United Suffer Europa League Defeat

Manchester United suffer Europa League defeat on Thursday following a 2 – 1 loss to Fenerbahce.

Manager Jose Mourinho has ripped into his players attitude to the game, accusing them of lacking commitment and saying they deserved to lose because they approached it as if it was a ”summer friendly”.

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”A team that concedes after two minutes is a team that is not ready, not mentally prepared, not focused, not concentrated,” said Mourinho.

Striker Moussa Sow put Dick Advocaat’s side ahead just after 69 seconds thanks to a spectacular overhead kick.

Man United struggled to get back in the game and was dealt another blow after Paul Pogba limped off just before the half-hour mark.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic took Pogba’s place but spent most of the time exchanging words and laying hands on the opponent than threatening the goal.

Manchester United Suffer Europa League Defeat

Fenerbahce got their second goal from a curling free kick by Jeremain Lens in the 58th minute. Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea was pinned to the spot and could only admire the ball move past him into the goal.

The Red Devils got one back late in the second half thanks to a Wayne Rooney strike from range.

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Speaking after the game, Mourinho said the Turkish side deserved to win due to their commitment.

A frustrated Jose lamented:

”Football is not just about quality – it is about effort and commitment, it is about playing to your limits. In an atmosphere like this, to concede an early goal gives the opposition exactly what they want.”

”They were playing a Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly by the way the game started. After their second goal, we reacted and could have got a different result but I didn’t feel we deserved more as over the 90 minutes we didn’t play well enough. We didn’t fully play to our maximum.”

The Portuguese manager went on to admit that ”one of the good things today is that Rooney finally scored a goal”.

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Rooney’s goal was only his second in four games for United. He also equaled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 38 goals in Europe with the strike.

Manchester United have now dropped to third in their Europa League group and have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions.