Manchester United’s latest Premier League encounter was one to forget. The fixture against Huddersfield Town, which the Red Devils were expected to win easily, didn’t go as planned. At full time, the score stood at a shocking 2-1 defeat to them, courtesy of first-half goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre.
Jose Mourinho was vocal in his anger towards his lads, and reportedly made his frustration clear in the dressing room post-defeat. It would appear that the sermon had a huge impact, as the players made a big sacrifice the next day.
As per Mail Online, quite a few players held tickets to the NFL match at Twickenham, which they decided to not attend. The Sunday encounter pitched the Los Angeles Rams against the Arizona Cardinals, and was a highly anticipated fixture.
However, the players in question decided not to attend the game. This is despite their weekend’s training session ending at lunchtime itself, well in time for the 6 PM outing, which ended in a 33-0 advantage to the Rams.
This is certainly a good example of the impact Mourinho exercises on his players, as well as the respect that the players hold for the ex-Chelsea boss. His anger is justified, as the defeat against the Terriers was United’s first of the season.
To add insult to injury, dropping three points ensured that their rivals City took their lead atop the table to a resounding five points. But the mistake by United appeared to be slightly amended with an easy 2-0 win against Swansea City in the Carabao Cup, with Jesse Lingard providing both the goals.
Now, with their next fixture against Tottenham on Saturday, supporters will be hoping for more of the same. Spurs might be toothless without key man Harry Kane, and the Red Devils should look to capitalize on this and translate the encounter into a victory, so as to still remain firm in the race for Premier League glory.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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