Chaotic scenes ahead of Manchester United's game with Young Boys

Jose Mourinho told Manchester United's underachieving players to "stay at home" if they can not handle the pressure to perform at Old Trafford.

Before focusing on the clash against their Swiss opponents, Mourinho was asked in his press conference about the disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday as his team are now seven points off the top four in the Premier League.

Now occupying second spot in the group, Manchester United stand to qualify to the Round of 16, should they claim maximum points against Gerardo Seoane's side on Tuesday, provided Valencia fail to get a victory against group leaders Juventus.

Here are the best photos from their training session at Carrington ahead of the game. They were down 2-0 and had to go out and do something so I don't know why they don't start the game like that - go out and play like they used to. "Everyone in the changing room is a fighter and we want the best for the team and the club".

United will be without Victor Lindelof for several weeks after he suffered a suspected thigh injury against Palace, with Mourinho hopeful of having the Sweden centre-half back for the hectic Christmas period. I don't feel pressure to play at home. "If it is not better I walk".

"The performance had a lot of good things and a lot of disappointing things too".


On the road in Europe his team have generally done well, most notably winning away at Juventus but also prevailing 3-0 at bottom-placed Young Boys in Berne, yet the Portuguese demurred when asked if United are happier playing away. "I never felt pressure to play at home". "Victor has a proper injury". "Normally we are not very good at second balls", said United's manager pointedly and presumably laying down a gauntlet.

It was Fellaini and a quite sensational celebration from Mourinho that would steal that show in the end though as they somehow managed to win a game that appeared to be heading towards a goalless draw.

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"It is not a crucial match because if we don't win we still don't depend on other results, so is not a crucial game but I want to play from minute one like it's the last chance we have to qualify", Mourinho said.

Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were named by the United boss in a interview with U.S. Spanish-language outlet Univision last week but the England full-back says he has not taken it to heart.

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