Last Chance! Mourinho Fires Champions League Wake Up Call to United Stars

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged his side to take the game to Young Boys straight from kick-off when they face the Swiss club in a Champions League tie at Old Trafford later today.

Victory for Mourinho’s men, allied to a Valencia failure to beat Juventus, would see United qualify for the last 16 of European club football’s elite competition with a game to spare.

Mourinho slammed United after their lacklustre goalless draw with Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace last weekend that left them seventh in the table – well adrift of the qualifying positions for next season’s Champions League.

He warned then that a repeat display against Youngs Boys would leave United needing to go Spain and beat Valencia in their final Group H game if they were to remain involved in the competition.

“I want my players to be proactive, not reactive. I want my players to be strong,” Mourinho said Monday, as many United fans blame their stuttering form on the manager’s cautious approach.

“It is not a crucial game, but I want to play like it is the last chance to qualify. I want to play like a knockout game.”

Meanwhile, Mourinho said Sweden international Victor Lindelof will miss Tuesday’s match and possibly much of the busy upcoming Christmas period with a muscle injury.

“He will be out for quite a while. We have (Eric) Bailly and (Phil) Jones. Marcos Rojo has some little injury and Victor an injury – a proper injury – that will keep him out for a while, so Jones, (Chris) Smalling and Bailly are the three we have at the time.”


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