Jose Mourinho refuses to blame Manchester United players for Basel defeat

Jose Mourinho refuses to blame Manchester United players for Basel defeat

Manchester United passed up the opportunity to secure progression to the UEFA Champions League knockout phase, as Michael Lang's late victor clinched a 1-0 victory for Basel and put the Swiss side in the driving seat to finish second behind its visitor in Group A.

They need only to avoid defeat by more than six goals at home to CSKA Moscow to be sure of avoiding an embarrassing relegation to the second-tier Europa League, which they won last season.

But it was left frustrated, with Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo all going close, the latter pair denied by the frame of the goal.

Basel's late triumph created a complicated scenario ahead of the last round of games but United are still nearly assured of progressing.

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However after the game he was left ruing miss opportunities.

But Mourinho refused to place the blame at Blind's door step, insisting instead that the team should share responsibility for Wednesday's defeat.

"We didn't score in the second half probably [because of] the fact that we know one point is enough".

'It looked for many periods in the first half that it was impossible not to win.

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"I think the majority of the second half the feeling of everyone was OK, it will be 0-0, but they got the late goal".

"The only thing I can get from the goal is the low cross, the right back coming in front of Daley and I know that in the flash interview Daley was blaming himself, it's totally unfair".

'The first half was a ideal half without the goals, ' said Mourinho. He had a very positive game.

"Probably (when) at 75 minutes, 80 minutes we didn't score, so it is not time to try to win, it is now time to try control and in the end we lost".

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