'What can I lose?' - Mourinho defends harsh criticism of Man Utd players

5 Manchester United Players Set to Miss Saturday's FA Cup Quarter Final Against Brighton

The United manager accused his team of being "scared to play" after Saturday's 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford earned a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Manchester United hosted Brighton in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Mourinho singled out midfielder Nemanja Matic, who created the first goal for Romelu Lukaku and added the second himself with a late header, as one of the few players he was satisfied with.

And the Special One has now laid bare his thoughts on Shaw's performance, with the England worldwide most likely facing another spell out of the side as a result.

"Matic was an island of personality, surrounded by not water but lack of class and desire".

"We didn't play the way I wanted to play, I didn't have the reaction from all of them". According to Sky Sports, he said: "They have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure and they have to survive and when they survive they become stronger".

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Jose Mourinho believes he has nothing to lose in publicly criticising his Manchester United players.

"When I spend two days working on this and then I arrive here, attacking players hiding behind defenders, not wanting the ball between the lines, defenders playing just square passes and taking 10 to 12 passes to get from one line to another line I have to feel frustrated", he said.

"That is more frustrating than the result". "We were always in the game, certainly as regards shots and shots on target, I thought we were always a threat but we needed to work their keeper a little bit more, maybe that little bit more quality in the final third", he said.

Although Mourinho accepted Scott McTominay was below his usual standards against Brighton, he hailed the 21-year-old midfielder's response to a poor individual performance.

"When it is dark and cold and you have a period of bad results, not everybody has confidence and personality to play".

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