Jose Mourinho has refused to blame defender Victor Lindelof for Manchester United’s 2–1 defeat to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.
The Reds for the shock defeat on Saturday afternoon, having been unbeaten in the league this season.
Lindelof replaced the injured Phil Jones in the first half, and very soon after coming on was at fault for Man United conceding the second goal to Huddersfield, mistiming header after a long ball from the Terriers, allowing Laurent Depoitre to round David de Gea and score.
Marini, though, refused to single out Lindelof for criticism, saying that the attitude of the entire United side was at fault for the defeat, not the individual mistakes from Lindelof and also attacking midfielder Juan Mata.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after the game, Mourinho said: “I know you like that, I don’t know if it’s a correct word, the individualisation of the mistake and defeat.”
“I think it’s very unfair, because the mistakes – him [Lindelof] in the second goal and Mata in the first goal – they are mistakes that belong to the context.“
“If we play an amazing game and then you lose because of an individual mistake, yes you point the finger and we lost and deservedly lost because of an individual mistake, that is not the case.”
“In the first-half, I was just waiting for that mistake. Was Mata and Victor, could be another one because the attitude was really poor.”
Mourinho appears to be suggesting that because of the overall disappointing performance from United, the individual errors cannot be seen to be at fault for the defeat to Huddersfield. Rather, the attitude and quality on show from the entire team is at fault.
However, fell in the loft, things must improve in the coming weeks. He arrived for over £30 million from Benfica in the summer, and is yet to impress. He has struggled physically, and his ballplaying abilities, for which he was bought for, have not really been on show yet.