Mourinho: Again, Manchester United failed to kill the game

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He’s quotable. Give him that.

Jose Mourinho is under a hail of criticism after 10-man Manchester United was ousted from the League Cup at the hands of Frank Lampard‘s Derby County.

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United took a third-minute lead but fell behind 2-1 before Marouane Fellaini‘s stoppage time header pushed the match to penalty kicks, where Phil Jones missed the 16th kick of the contest.

“We practice penalties and we see it in training,” Mourinho said. “And when we get past the sixth penalty I know we’re in trouble with Bailly and Jones.”

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At best, there’s a bit of humor somewhere in there. At worst, Mourinho tossed a couple of center backs under the proverbial bus (one he didn’t park on Tuesday).

As for the 90 minutes before kicks, Mourinho said the loss was similar to Saturday’s draw against Wolves. He told his players to get going in the second half or else.

Turned out, it was else.

Mourinho refused to elaborate on his stripping of Paul Pogba‘s vice captaincy. Pogba was not in the lineup on Tuesday after criticizing United’s tactics following a 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend.

From The Manchester Evening News:

“The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “But no fall-out. No problems at all. The same person that decides Paul is not second captain anymore was exactly the same person that decides that Paul was the second captain, myself. I am the manager, I can make these decisions, no fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don’t have to explain.”

The storms of controversy that follow Mourinho seem overwhelming at times, and whether this loss sticks with him and/or moves the meter in regards to his job security. Regardless, it’s difficult to believe any major changes would come in the middle of a very difficult Champions League group stage.

United visits West Ham on Saturday before Valencia visits in the Champions League next week.