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Deco’s Advice to Manchester United Players

October 6, 2016

Former Chelsea midfielder, Deco, says Manchester United’s players must get used to Jose Mourinho’s public criticism,

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard, substituted at half-time in the Manchester derby, publicly bore the consequences of Mourinho’s first defeat as Red devils boss.


Luke Shaw was also persecuted for his disappointing performance as Watford handed Manchester United their third defeat in a week.

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But Deco, who won the Champions League under Mourinho at FC Porto, says the level of criticism comes with playing at a “big club”.

Speaking at the launch of the Star Sixes football tournament at Stamford Bridge, Deco said;

“If you are playing at a club like Chelsea, United, Barcelona, Madrid – the big clubs – you need to be prepared to do your best,”

“If you want to play at a high level you need to be able deal with everything.”

“I don’t like the coach criticising me, but he knows better than us players and sometimes he does that not to pressure players but to give something different”

“He knows better than us, he’s with them every day and of course the players don’t like it but sometimes it works.

“At Porto, sometimes publicly he did the same thing. It is part of his work, he knows sometimes the player reactions will be different. When you lose and when you are not playing very well you need to improve.

“Whether the coach says it on the media or in the dressing room, it is the same thing, when the team is not playing well everyone knows that they need to do better.
If you want to play at a high level, you need to be able deal with everything.

“Maybe Jose knows that when they have lost a few games they need to improve. I don’t think it’s a problem”

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