Gary Neville hits out at 'inconsistent' Manchester United

AFP  File | Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has struggled for goals in recent weeks

AFP File | Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has struggled for goals in recent weeks

Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United players of lacking heart after their hopes of a push for the Premier League's top four were dented by a lethargic 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday (Nov 24).

United's pursuit of a top-four finish was dealt a fresh blow after being held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace.

Boos greeted the final whistle at Old Trafford, such was the home side's listless performance against a side without a league win for 10 weeks.

Macari is unsure whether some of the players will be able to step up and give a better account of themselves at Manchester United, but insisted Mourinho needs to do his job in order to get the best out of them.

"I think when it's going against you, you don't get those decisions", Smalling said.

"I refuse to say that because I don't want to disrespect the home fans", he fired.

"We didn't have that intensity that in my opinion is basically related to your brain, with your heart".

Jose Mourinho says his players would be better off staying at home and watching Manchester United on television if they can not handle the pressure of playing at Old Trafford.




There have been highs this season, however, with a 2-1 win over Juventus in Italy seen as a potential turning point in the Portuguese's reign, though that was followed by a meek surrender against Pep Guardiola's side, as they lost 3-1.

"What he said the other day, that was more a generational thing, I don't think it was really aimed as much at us as individuals".

"They're inconsistent, not just in games, but from half to half within games", he said on his own podcast, per Sky Sports. This was a special game, the first of eight Premier League games before the end of December and one we needed to win.

"You have to be some player at 19 years of age to move to a new country and become the leader of a defence like Manchester United's, which is already weak. When they are open, they change".

'What I want is a team to start strong, not to be waiting, ' he said.

"So, yeah, of course, we're more focused on Tuesday. If you feel pressure, stay at home. and I don't mean stadium home, I mean home home!"

Mourinho confirmed that Victor Lindelof could be out until Christmas with the muscle injury he sustained against Palace. "I want them to start strong and go for it nearly immediately". Supporters will not want him to lose his stride under Mourinho by spending too long on the sidelines.

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