Jose Mourinho: Deal with the pressure or go home

Author: Sky Sports
Jose Mourinho

 Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has hit hard at his players with the message that they are obliged to stay at home if they cannot handle the pressure at Old Trafford.

As they encounter Young Boys today in a dicey match which they have to win at all cost to book a place at the knockout stages of the Champions League, Mourinho believes his players have to go all out against his opponents.

Tuesday's match however comes just three days after a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford which left United 14 points behind Premier League leaders, Manchester City, and left Mourinho questioning his players' heart.

"If you feel pressure, stay at home -- and when I say home, I don't say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV," Mourinho said.

"If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support... come on."I never felt pressure to play at home."

His history of cutting soundbites have previously been targeted at Luke Shaw, and the 23-year-old defender admitted it takes "thick skin" to play for the Manchester United manager but that he relished the "tough love".

Mourinho remained keen to draw a distinction between his methods behind the scenes and the players' output.

"It's frustrating because what I want is the team to start strong, is the team to go strong on the opponent, not to be waiting, not to be reactive but proactive," Mourinho said, having also said his side are "not very good on second balls".

"That's exactly what I want and probably you or the fans, they think 'oh, Jose told them to start slow', 'Jose told them to play nice and easy and wait to see what happens' or 'to be losing for them to react'.

"It is exactly the opposite thing. I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating," he bemoaned.