After Manchester United successfully sank Bournemouth FC 2-0 Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho accused his players of lacking the right attitude when it comes to games against the Premier League’s lesser sides.
Mourinho had been furious with United’s performance in Sunday’s home defeat by bottom club West Brom and had still not let that feeling go, despite the victory that gave United a four-point lead over third-place Liverpool in the table, with four games remaining.
After their win over the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium, Mourinho explained: “I think we are inconsistent and we are inconsistent many times in our attitude.
“Against our top-five opponents, we didn’t lose any points for them. Against City, we won, we lost. Against Spurs, we won, we lost. Against Chelsea, we won, we lost.
“Against Liverpool, we won, we drew. Against Arsenal, we won and we still have one match to play, so we are not also going to lose.
“We didn’t lose points in the two duels against the direct opponents, but then we lost points against teams that were promoted – we lost against Huddersfield and lost against Newcastle.
“We lost points against teams that probably are going to be relegated or are in the group of teams involved in the relegation fight.
“We lost three points against West Bromwich Albion and lost two points against other teams involved in that fight – Stoke and Southampton. We were not consistent and you pay the price.”
The Portuguese tactician made seven changes to the line-up and described the match as an opportunity for players to secure a place in the team to face Spurs in a competition which represents United’s final chance of winning a trophy this season.
Chris Smalling scored the opener in the 27th minute and substitute Romelu Lukaku delivered the killer blow in the 70th minute.