José Mourinho launches attack on Manchester United players despite win

Mourinho accuses Manchester United of being scared to play

Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic scored to put United into a record-equalling 29th FA Cup semi-final.

"No, I didn't like the game", declared Mourinho. But when he said in the wake of defeat to Sevilla that, just like avoiding overwhelming joy following the Liverpool win, his players needed to shake off the demons from Tuesday, he was right. I had the reaction from some of them. I'm happy with the result but not happy with the performance at all.

"But a few offensive movements they made from the sides and I wanted more personality in the team because many times I felt that Matic was an island of personality of desire and control surrounded by not water but lack of personality, lack of class and lack of desire".

"The biggest frustration is not a bad result because this can happen, it's when I work on the [training] pitch and don't see the situations on the pitch".

"When I spend two days with faster build-up and ball arriving earlier between lines and in attacking areas it depends on decisions in possession and movement in attack, I spend two days working on it but attacking players don't want the ball, defenders taking square passes, I have to feel frustrated".

Jose Mourinho issued a brutal assessment of Luke Shaw's performance against Brighton after he was hauled off at half time.

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"McTominay lost more passes today than in all the matches he played together but he was a Manchester United player".

"It was a question of mentality. And for me a Manchester United player is a player that, when he plays bad, he gives to the team", he said.

You could tell that some players had not fully recovered from their Champions League exit in the week; their body language suggested a persisting sense of grief, in a way, as if still shellshocked to an extent, or perhaps fearful of putting a foot wrong to further irk the fanbase.

But alarm bells began ringing when Shaw failed to emerge after the half-time break and Ashley Young took his place on the left side of the Red Devils' back four.

"What means to me is that we prepare the team to be more aggressive to attack the last line much more and play in between the lines much more".

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