Luke Shaw has acknowledged that anyone who plays for Jose Mourinho requires a "thick skin," but believes that the Manchester United squad now needs to "fight for this manager and this club."
As if to prove the point of his left-back, Mourinho replied that any player who feels intimidated by the pressure of acting in front of the 75,000 Old Trafford fans would be better to stay at home and watch the Champions League group match on Tuesday. at night against the Young Boys. in TV.
If a highly altered dynamic between Shaw and his manager has seen their relationship move from the seemingly irreparable break point to a seemingly mutual state of trust, this season has turned out to be a rare positive development at Old Trafford.
After all, United welcomes the Young Boys so, in theory, it should be a pretty routine victory, since he has only won three of his nine home games in all competitions of this period.
Such setbacks have not only left them a modest seventh place in the Premier League, but, in recent days, have led Sean Dyche de Burnley to suggest that Mourinho's players are not immune to concerns about the decline, while David Moyes said Monday that he should have had more time in charge. Old Trafford after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.
Although the victory against the Young Boys will guarantee the passage of United to the eliminatory phase, provided that Juventus avoid the defeat against Valencia, the team of Mourinho failed to score in the last local matches against Valencia and Juve, and Shaw admitted who are feeling the heat
"You need a thick skin to play under this manager and for this club," he said. "But we have to fight for this manager, the team and the club." "Everyone in the dressing room is a fighter and we want the best for the team and the club."
Mourinho, as prime minister or president facing difficulties in the domestic sphere often seeks to deflect glory on the front of foreign policy, is clearly hoping that the success of the Champions League can help to hide the problems of the Premier League. his team.
On the road in Europe, his team in general has done well, especially winning at Juventus, but also prevailing 3-0 at the Young Boys in Bern, but the Portuguese were reluctant when asked if United is playing happier.
"I refuse to say that," said the United manager. "I think it would be disrespectful for the stadium and for the fans to say that we prefer to play away from home." I totally refuse to say that. If you ask me, I'd rather play tomorrow at Young Boys here or go to Berne, I'd say immediately that you play at home. Forever. I always prefer to play at home. If you feel pressure when people come to support you, stay in [your] Go home and watch on TV. "
However, Mourinho has felt stress on the road to Old Trafford in recent weeks, as Manchester traffic on more than one occasion has caused his team to be late for the games. On Tuesday, United should avoid that danger, as it changed the bases before the game to a hotel much closer to the ground. "Things are going to be much better," he said. "And if they're not, we'll walk."
Trust that the tranquility of being at a surprising distance from the main reception will bring the best of Paul Pogba and his fellow midfielders. "I want my players to be proactive, not reactive," Mourinho said. "I want my players to be strong, Young Boys is not a crucial game, but I want to play like it's the last chance to qualify, I want to play like a round of 16, I want the team to start with the front leg, not that I'm waiting, probably the fans think Jose told them to start slowly. [in recent games] but it is the opposite. I want the team to start hard to try immediately and it's a bit frustrating. "
Midfield has proven to be a particularly weak link in recent times, with the disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Mourinho, who currently can not find a starting place for Fred, his summer contract 52 million pounds from Shakhtar Donetsk. – He expects Pogba and the company to start winning some second balls on Tuesday night. "Normally, we are not very good at the second balls," said the United manager in a timely manner and presumably, putting on a glove. "Our midfield is not normally so aggressive in the fight for the second balls, you need that aggression and intensity in the midfield, which, to be honest, we do not have."
Mourinho's problems were further aggravated when he confirmed that his much-improved and increasingly influential defender from Sweden, Victor Lindelöf, will be absent due to a muscle injury, almost certainly his thigh, and could also be left out during the impending period. festive.
"He will be out for quite some time," said the United manager. Victor has a proper injury. If we can have Victor available for the Christmas period, it will be good. "