MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYERS AND MANAGEMENT HAD CLOSED DOOR MEETING AFTER CHELSEA DRUBBING
Jose Mourinho has revealed his Manchester United squad held a specific meeting ‘dedicated to the fans’ following their recent 4-0 drubbing at the hands of rivals Chelsea.
The Red Devils were left crestfallen after such a resounding defeat to fellow front runners for the Premier League title.
The experience was even more harrowing for Mourinho, who was returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since being sacked as manager.
But the Portuguese has now revealed the players gathered together after the humiliation to talk not about their performance, but the thoughts and feelings of the club’s supporters.
Mourinho explained to MUFC TV: ‘To be honest we have short meetings, I don’t like to have a meeting of one hour, I prefer to have three or four meetings of 10 minutes then we have another one a few hours later.
We had one of those meetings dedicated to the fans, just thinking about them, their feelings and their disappointment after the Chelsea game.
‘We really analysed that part of our lives, when many times we just focus on what we have to do professionally. You forget the other side of it.’
Thousands of United supporters made the trip down to London to see the Red Devils take on Chelsea in hope of seeing their side turn around a faltering start to the season.
But Mourinho’s new club were behind within one minute against his former employers and from that point onward never looked like getting back into the tie.
The United boss revealed the post-Chelsea players’ meeting also served to give even greater emphasis to the recent Manchester derby in the EFL Cup.
United prevailed over neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford with a slender 1-0 scoreline, courtesy of a goal from Spanish midfielder Juan Mata.
‘The players understood clearly that the game against Man City was not just a normal cup match, it was more than that because it was City, but it was even more than that because it was a couple of days after Chelsea,’ said Mourinho.
United are now into the last eight of the EFL Cup and have been drawn to face West Ham at Old Trafford on Wednesday, November 30.