Mourinho questions Man Utd players' "personality" in Cup win - FCNaija

FA Cup By: Ambrose Udeme | 18/03/2018

Jose Mourinho, Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has quaestioned the personality of his playing staff in the FA Cup win over Brighton and says his players were "scared to play".

Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic were the difference as an uninspired Manchester United beat Brighton on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the season's FA Cup campaign.

Reacting to his side's display at Old Trafford, Mourinho who was happy with the result believes his side deserved the win which was "better than the performance".

"We didn't play as I wanted them to play; we didn't play as I prepared the team to play. We deserved to win, clearly - we had the match under control - but we didn't play well. Sometimes there is a contradiction between what you work on in the past two days and what you did on the pitch.

"That is more frustrating than the result. Once more I wasn't happy with the connection in the build-up. I blame everybody.

"A few other guys, I saw them scared to play. I cannot say much more. It is a relation with personality, is a relation to trust, is a relation to class.

"When the sun is shining and everything goes well, you win matches, you score goals, everything goes in your direction, every player is a good player and wants to play and wants the ball and looks amazing and is confident.

"When it is dark and cold, and in football that means a period of bad results or a bad result, not everybody has the confidence and personality to play really.

"To be on the pitch and touch the ball every five minutes, everyone can do it, but to be on the pitch and say 'give me the ball because I want to play', not everyone can do that." Mourinho told BBC Sports

While he was criticised for an unadventurous approach after United were eliminated from the Champions League by Sevilla on Tuesday, the performance against Brighton was hardly any better - although the result was an improvement.