Emenike, others played as if it was a UCL final – Mourinho

Europa League By: Olakunle Brown | 03/11/2016


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that former Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Emenike and his Fenerbahce teammates played against the Red Devils as if they were playing a UEFA Champions League final in the 2-1 Europa League win this evening.

Moussa Sow opened scoring for the Turkish side inside two minutes with a superb bicycle kick from the edge of the box and Jeremain Lens curled in a beautiful freekick in the second half while Wayne Rooney netted his 38th goal in Europe for the Red Devils.

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However, Mourinho wasn’t pleased with the performance of the team and did not hesitate to slam them for a poor showing in a chat with  

"They deserved to win," Mourinho said. "Football is not just about quality; it is about effort and commitment, it is about playing to your limits. In an atmosphere like this, to concede an early goal gives the opposition exactly what they want.

"The opponent can then defend and counter-attack us with a lead and that is our fault for letting them be in that situation. They were playing a Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly by the way the game started.

"After their second goal we reacted and could have got a different result but I didn’t feel we deserved more as over the 90 minutes we didn’t play well enough. We didn’t fully play to our maximum."

The former Real Madrid manager revealed his concern over the injury plight of his team but remain confident that the team will qualify for the next stage of the competition.

"It is difficult to cope, having to play with two left-backs at centre-back. This makes it tough to cope with the physicality of the game. To try and have the ball and create chances we made attacking changes but we could not create chances to score."

"We don’t depend on the others, we depend on ourselves. If we win both games we qualify. Even with four points we could qualify, since Feyenoord play Fenerbahce and both sides cannot get maximum points."

Manchester United will return to premier league action with a game against Swansea City on Sunday.