Tuesday night was a very good one for Manchester United as the Red Devils marked their return to the Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Basel at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba limping off early on with a muscle injury seemed like the only dampener on the occasion, but one man who seems to have found another is United manager Jose Mourinho.
The north west club dominated the game and went 2-0 up early in the second half with Romelu Lukaku following up on Marouane Fellaini’s first-half header.
Mourinho, however, was far from impressed with what he saw in the aftermath, accusing his players of disrespecting the opposition and playing ‘PlayStation football’ at times (via Sky Sports).
“After 2-0, I think everything changed and we stopped to play, stopped to think, stopped to play seriously. We stopped to make the right decisions on the pitch and we could put ourselves in trouble.
“Bad decisions, fantasy football, PlayStation football, tricks and when you stopped to play as a team and when you stopped to play seriously I don’t like and you gamble a little bit.”
The Reds did take their foot off the gas for a while and allowed Basel back into the game for spells but even though the Swiss side didn’t pose much of a threat going forward, the arrogance which was displayed by his side certainly angered Mourinho.
Marcus Rashford may have come on and added a third late on to seal the victory but even despite what on paper looked like a great night on United’s return to the biggest stage there will certainly still be question marks surrounding some aspects of the performance.
Mourinho was as usual keen to remind his players that anything can happen in ninety minutes of football.
“Football is football and you have to respect your opponent.”
United will take on CSKA Moscow away from home in their next Champions League clash where Mourinho will be hoping for a similar result. But if he sees showboating of any sort then the attackers are certainly in for quite an earful from their Portuguese boss.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena