Jose angered by Ander
Ander Herrera angered Jose Mourinho with his comments after the shock defeat at Huddersfield, but the Manchester United midfielder knows they cannot afford to wallow in self-pity.
It must have been an awkward journey back along the M62 after United mistakes allowed Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre to fire David Wagner’s promoted side to a stunning 2-1 win on Saturday.
Huddersfield’s intensity showed no let-up, and despite Marcus Rashford’s header leading to a nervy ending, the hosts deservedly ran out victors as United’s performance reflected the grim weather.
Mourinho fumed after the match about his side’s bad attitude, highlighting Herrera’s post-match interview with MUTV in which the midfielder conceded Town played with “more passion”.
Unsurprisingly, no other United player spoke apart from the Spaniard, who knows they need to start making amends in the League Cup at Swansea tomorrow.
“I had one chance with my head and Chris Smalling, in the last few seconds also, but when you are playing against such a passionate team, they are all going to defend, even the crowd as well,” Herrera said.
“They deserve the victory. We didn’t do enough to get the three points and we cannot think now that we have lost everything because we still have to play a lot of games.
“We now have two very tough Premier League games, you never know, you can win against anyone and lose against anyone.
“You want the opportunity to play again as quickly as possible and that’s what’s going to happen again against Swansea.”
Mourinho then took aim at Herrera’s post-match comments.
“They beat us on attitude,” said the Portuguese.
“When I lose matches I like to lose because the opponent was better than us, had more quality than us. When you lose a football match because of attitude, that is really bad.
“I heard Ander Herrera in the flash interviews saying the attitude and desire was poor...Oh my God. When a player says that, when a player feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why because I cannot explain that.
“I don’t even remember a friendly match where our attitude was so poor.
“I feel really disappointed and if I was a Manchester United supporter, not a manager, I would be really disappointed.”
Despite his clear disgruntlement Mourinho chose not to be too critical about Juan Mata or Victor Lindelof, who both made errors directly leading to goals.
Lindelof, a substitute for the injured Phil Jones when the score was still 0-0, was particularly errant but Mourinho said: “You like ‘individualisation’ of the mistake and the defeat. I think it is very unfair.
“If you play an amazing game and lose to an individual mistake, yes, you point the finger. That is not the case. In the first half I was waiting for it. It was Mata and Victor. It could be another one because the attitude was really poor.”
United then face Premier League matches at home to Tottenham and away to Chelsea either side of a Champions League game at home against Benfica, while Huddersfield host West Brom after next weekend’s trip to Anfield. Town head to Liverpool full of confidence after beating United, with captain Tommy Smith saying Saturday’s win was fully deserved.
“We knew it would be a really tough game today,” the defender said. “Man United have come to our place and we’ve made it difficult for them; that’s what we wanted to do.
“I think we deserved our two goals and the three points.
“I am absolutely over the moon for every single person involved with the club and especially everyone in our dressing room.”