Mourinho unhappy with Herrera 'passion' comments

By: Dean Carr

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Manchester United Jose Mourinho was left miffed with midfielder Ander Herrera after the midfielder claimed his team were beaten 2-1 by a Huddersfield team who had "more passion" than themselves.

The Terriers ended United’s unbeaten start to the season thanks to goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre, both of which came following sloppy errors from Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof respectively.

Marcus Rashford gave the away side hope with a header from Romelu Lukaku’s excellent cross, but David Wagner’s men held out for a famous victory.

In an interview with MUTV, Herrera said: "They played with more passion than us in the first 30 minutes," something which Mourinho took real exception to in his post-match interview.

"They beat us on attitude," he said. "When I lose matches I like to lose because the opponent was better than us, had more quality than us. When you lose a football match because of attitude, that is really bad.

"I heard Ander Herrera in the flash interviews saying the attitude and desire was poor. Oh my God. When a player says that, when a player feels that, I think they should all go to the press conference and explain why because I cannot explain that.

"I don't even remember a friendly match where our attitude was so poor. I feel really disappointed and if I was a Manchester United supporter, not a manager, I would be really disappointed."

With Manchester City defeating Burnley 3-0 as their city rivals were defeated, Pep Guardiola’s side have now stretched their advantage at the top of the table to five points after nine matches.

Despite the relatively embarrassing nature of the defeat, Mourinho was gracious in defeat, admitting his side deserved nothing from the game. 

"We deserved to lose. The team that wanted it more, wanted to work more, compete more and be more aggressive, they won. And when the best team win, nothing to say.

"I don't know why, and I'm not going to be critical of my players with you, I have to analyse with them. But I just want to be as honest and pragmatic as possible and say that the best team won.

"Yes, [Huddersfield] surprised me. I was not expecting that, but the team that started with emotion, aggression, intensity and desire, the team that played the game of their lives, was the team that won. We didn't deserve more."

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