Jose Mourinho refuses to credit defenders over improving defence

source: football365

Jose Mourinho thinks the whole Manchester United team should take credit for their improved defensive performances and not just Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling.

The Red Devils beat Young Boys 2-0 in their Champions League opener on Wednesday night to record their third win in a row.

After conceding three at home to Tottenham in a 3-0 loss to Mauricio Pochettino’s men, Mourinho’s side have only let in two goals in their last three matches.

When asked whether the improvement in their defending was down to the Lindelof-Smalling partnership, Mourinho replied: “No, I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before.

“I don’t want to say was [Eric] Bailly or [Phil] Jones and is now Smalling or Lindelöf.

“The team is more compact, more solid; the spirit, the cooperation, the empathy, the communication – all of that improves in the team and good results bring confidence. And I think we are improving as a team.

“I don’t want to say our improvement has the name of Chris or Victor; the team is playing better and they are part of the team that plays these matches.”

Meanwhile, Mourinho has revealed that youngster Diogo Dalot will be given a rest on Saturday but will play on Tuesday night.

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