Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Tears Into Players After Fenerbahce Defeat

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul, November 3. Mourinho watched his side slip to a 2-1 defeat against Fenerbahce. Chris McGrath/Getty

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho laid into his underperforming stars after the club's 2-1 defeat in Istanbul to Fenerbahce on Thursday evening.

United went behind with less than two minutes on the clock to a sublime overhead kick from Moussa Sow, and fell further in arrears when former Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens struck a second-half free kick.

Mourinho's club gained a consolation goal late on with a thunderous long-range effort from captain for the night Wayne Rooney, but it was not enough to stop United sliding to third in UEFA Europa League group A, behind Feyenoord and Thursday's opponents.

"A team that concedes after two minutes is a team that is not ready, not mentally prepared, not focused, not concentrated," Mourinho said following the game.

"Our problems started in our global attitude. They were playing the Champions League final, we were playing a summer friendly. That is the reality of how the game started."

United resume domestic action on Sunday away at Swansea City, by which time they could be 11 points behind English Premier League leader and bitter rivals Manchester City.