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Handle Old Trafford Pressure Or Stay At Home, Mourinho Warns Players

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

Jose Mourinho has told his under-performing Manchester United players not to turn up if they cannot handle the pressure of playing in front of home crowd at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils who already have gone through so much for the season are at risk of bowing out from Champions League without winning four straight European matches at home for the first time in their history.  They need a win over Young Boys in their penultimate Group H match on Tuesday night and Valencia loss to Juventus in Turin to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage.

Still fresh from a mediocre performance at a 3-1 defeat in the Manchester derby, United continued to struggle as they end up with a frustrating goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

After withstanding a wretched season, the boss urged his players to embrace the game or “stay at home” and watch the game on television.

For this season, United have won more times away than at home. They won only three from nine games in all competitions at Old Trafford.

Mourinho, who walked to the stadium for the 0-0 draw against Valencia last month, said he can walk again if the United's team bus gets stuck in traffic again. The squad only arrived at the game around 40 minutes before the kick-off and had the match delayed to get a full warm-up practice.

United need to enforce a heavy duty task against the Bern-based Young Boys without Victor Lindelof.  The 24-year-old defender will be out from the squad until the New Year after sustaining a muscular injury in Crystal Palace match.