Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told his underachieving players to “stay at home” if they cannot handle the pressure at Old Trafford.
The only team yet to score at home in this season’s Champions League, United will qualify for the knockout stages if they beat visitors Young Boys on Tuesday and Valencia fail to beat Juventus in Turin.
But the match comes just three days after a goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford which left United 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, and left Mourinho questioning his players’ heart.
They have only three wins from nine home matches in all competitions this season, but Mourinho insists it would be a “lack of respect” to United’s fans to say they prefer playing away.
“If you feel pressure, stay at home – and when I say home, I don’t say stadium home, I say home and watch on TV,” Mourinho said.
“If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support… come on.
“I never felt pressure to play at home.”
Mourinho expects a response from his side in the Champions League after saying there was “not enough desire” in the draw with Palace.