Mourinho tells players: 'Stay home' if you can't handle Old Trafford pressure

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Do I prefer to play tomorrow at Young Boys here or go to Bern I would say immediately to play at home.

Such setbacks have not only left them a modest seventh in the Premier League but, in recent days, prompted Burnley's Sean Dyche to suggest Mourinho's players are not immune from relegation worries while David Moyes on Monday claimed he should have been given more time in charge at Old Trafford after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.

Marcos Rojo - yet to play a minute this term - is also absent for the United manager, who has made his frustration clear at the club's failure to reinforce the defence over the summer.

"I want to play this game as a knockout game and the team we are going to play is a team that tries to have that happiness to cope with that little pressure on the players that is not a real pressure because the reality is we have one more match to play".

"We could twist it around and say he's trying to motivate the players or he's trying to keep the fans on his side or he's trying to keep the board happy or he's trying to tell the media that he's not had the signings he wants".

'It's unfair to harp back to old times with the new regimes but it needs good passing and positive play - it's the total opposite to what we're seeing with the current team and it's very much with the identity of this team.

United can book their place in the knockout rounds with victory over the Swiss champions at Old Trafford on Tuesday but they may have to do it without Lindelof.

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"If you feel pressure when people come to support you stay at [your] home and watch on TV".

Louis van Gaal replaced Moyes, before the Dutchman was himself succeeded by Jose Mourinho, who has spent around £400million on the squad and led United to their worst start to a league season since 1990-91 following a draw to Crystal Palace at the weekend. "You need that aggression and intensity in the midfield, which, to be honest, we don't have".

"He will be out for quite a while", said United's manager.

Frustrating would also aptly describe Victor Lindelof's injury setback.

"I would say if we have him for the Christmas period where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that hard period until the Newcastle match on January 2".

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