Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Manchester United squad left deflated by Jose Mourinhos speech after FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea

Default author image

Man Utd squad left deflated by Jose Mourinho's speech after FA Cup final defeat
Jose Mourinho spent little time with his Manchester United players after their FA Cup defeat. (PA Wire)

Manchester Uniteds players were left even more downbeat after their FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea following Jose Mourinhos abrupt speech in the dressing room at Wembley. understands that Mourinho spent less than 10 minutes in the dressing room after the 1-0 loss to Antonio Contes side and made little attempt to galvanise his players in the aftermath of the result.

Its understood that members of Uniteds squad were expecting Mourinho to deliver a speech, especially as the Portuguese had insisted in his interviews after the game that his side were better than Chelsea and deserved to win.

But instead, the United manager spent little time addressing his players and simply used the opportunity to thank his squad for their efforts this season and wished them well ahead of their holidays and the World Cup.

Advertisement Advertisement

Mourinho also rejected the chance to return to the team hotel in London with the players and staff after the game.

**IMAGE OUTSIDE OF SUBSCRIPTION DEAL, FEES APPLY** Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ashley Western/REX/Shutterstock (9685844bp) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho shakes the hand of Paul Pogba after the FA Cup Final Chelsea v Manchester United, Football, FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, Wembley, UK - 19/05/2018
Mourinho claimed United were the better team against Chelsea at Wembley. (REX/Shutterstock)

More: Football

There is even a feeling at United that Mourinhos curt message and demeanour was an indication that he didnt want to waste time on players he knows wont be at the club next season.

Mourinho is actively looking to offload several members of his squad this summer, including Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Dejection for Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez during the Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Alexis Sanchez struggled to shine at Wembley. (Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford reacts to their defeat on the pitch after the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London on May 19, 2018. Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup thanks to Eden Hazard's penalty at Wembley on Saturday to salvage a disappointing season. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEIAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images
Marcus Rashford failed to make an impact after spearheading Uniteds attack. (AFP/Getty Images)

The futures of both Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, who started on the bench for the FA Cup final, are also in doubt.

Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, cut a frustrated figure at Wembley by sitting away from his United teammates as Chelseas players picked up the trophy.

The Chilean was also involved in a heated bust-up with Pogba on the pitch, with the pair arguing in the second half while United tried to find an equaliser after Eden Hazards first-half penalty.

More: Manchester United FC

Advertisement Advertisement

Leave a Reply