By Gerard Brand
Jose Mourinho questioned his Manchester United players’ heart after picking up a ‘bad result’ in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.
United now sit 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, with an uphill task to qualify for next season’s Champions League, after they failed to make their possession count at Old Trafford. Speaking in his post-match press conference, Mourinho said his players had not attached enough importance on this game, and said there was not enough desire shown.”Not enough intensity, not enough desire, so I think we played a game like ‘one more game’, but I don’t think it was ‘one more game’, it was a game that we really need to win. There are matches that are special matches that are not just ‘one more’, and this was not just ‘one more’.
“My feeling is that there was not enough from the heart, it was played with brain and also with heart, I think not enough heart.”
After a journalist suggested the least players can do is play with heart, Mourinho said: “I agree.”
He was then asked what the solution was, answering: “What’s the solution… you cannot change players’ natures dramatically. The solution is that probably I have to make certain choices based on heart. And then probably I will blame myself because I will think heart is not enough and I am missing here some quality.”
Crystal Palace had several clear-cut chances to win the game, and Mourinho admits it is obvious his side must do better as they approach the busy winter period.