Mourinho: players deserve loss for expecting a friendly
Jose Mourinho felt let down by Manchester United's players, accusing them of ignoring his advice and treating the Europa League clash at Fenerbahce like a "summer friendly".
On the back of Saturday's frustrating goalless draw against Burnley and with a touchline ban looming at Swansea this weekend, any hopes the United boss had of a morale-boosting win in Istanbul were swiftly extinguished.
Mourinho pulled no punches in his post-match assessment, saying: "Our problem started in our global attitude.
"They (Fenerbahce) were playing the Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly. That is the reality of the way the game started."
This was always going to be a far cry from United's 4-1 win over Fenerbahce at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, but they froze in front of the baying Sukru Saracoglu Stadium crowd.
"What disappointed me more is that I have quite a big experience of playing against Turkish teams," he added. "And my experience is that when you play against them in our home, it's easy. It's always 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, it's easy.
"You come to Turkey and it is completely different story, so I told them to wait for that, told them not to be focused on the easy game we had at Old Trafford and to be ready for a completely different game.
"We started the game sleeping. They had the kick-off, they go immediately, the referee gives a free-kick. They take the free-kick in a fast way, we are sleeping, we don't react. Then it's a ball in the other side, we lose the second ball. Then the cross is coming, we don't mark Sow in the box and then the game is a different story. Obviously when you are losing 2-0, the players had a reaction and they tried and probably they could (have equalised).
"But I think we don't deserve because for me football is from the first second and Fenerbahce played an emotional game. Football is an emotional game and they deserve (to win)."