Jose Mourinho refuses to blame Lindelof for mistake in United’s defeat to Huddersfield

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Jose Mourinho has refused to blame Victor Lindelof for his mistake in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

United suffered their first loss in the Premier League this season as Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre gave the hosts a first-half lead before Marcus Rashford struck with 12 minutes remaining.

For Depoitre’s goal, Lindelof completely failed to connect with a headed clearance, which allowed the ball to fall into the path of the Huddersfield striker, who raced clean through towards David De Gea.

Lindelof had replaced Phil Jones, who was forced off after just 23 minutes due to injury, but Mourinho says it is unfair to point the finger at the Swede given United’s woeful display as a team.

‘Mistakes, yes,’ the United manager told Sky Sports. ‘But I think mistakes can’t be isolated from the context and the context in the first half was a context that opened the door for mistakes to come.

‘So I would be very unfair if I point the finger at the players involved in individual mistakes that lead to the goal.

‘I could, I should, I would probably if it was isolated from the context of a great team. ‘But it wasn’t, it was exactly the consequence of what we were in the first half – a bad team who deserved to be punished.’

 

 

 

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