United held by Wolves to slip eight points behind leaders

Jose Mourinho was not impressed with Manchester United's display against Wolves

Jose Mourinho was not impressed with Manchester United's display against Wolves

'Unless you are against weak opponents, playing at 30 per cent of your potential is not enough.

"It is a bit of a contradiction but I'm more disappointed today than I was against Tottenham".

The World Cup victor can flit in and out of games and today was no different - but his contribution for Fred's goal was special. "But I did not like my team".

Against Wolves, however, you got that gloomy sense of deja vu: United, once again, lacking any kind of attacking direction, just huffing and puffing and hoping a chance comes, without the slightest suggestion that their manager has worked on a way to break teams down in these situations.

"I think it is (a mental thing)", he said. "I don't want to say our improvement has the name of Chris or Victor; the team is playing better and they are part of the team that plays these matches".

United manager Jose Mourinho had boasted of his team's defensive improvements following a strong start to September in which his side had won all three of their games in the league and Europe.

"We start poorly, we start both halves at a low intensity, and it's hard to win matches when you are not there with everything you have".

Sir Alex Ferguson returned to Old Trafford for the first time since having emergency brain surgery in May
Sir Alex Ferguson returned to Old Trafford for the first time since having emergency brain surgery in May

"Because Martial played 90 minutes and Sanchez played zero".

Alexis Sanchez, an unused substitute in Bern, will come in and Mourinho believes the January signing, like the rest of his squad, has another level to go up. (Marouane) Fellaini played 20, 25 minutes, Fred played 60 minutes, (Antonio) Valencia also didn't play (against Young Boys). We are going to play better than we did, so that's what we can do.

But it was the Frenchman who was at fault for Wolves' equaliser after half-time when he was caught in possession in midfield in the build-up to Joao Moutinho's strike.

The 3-0 loss to Spurs at Old Trafford represented the heaviest home defeat of Mourinho's career - a setback that ratcheted up scrutiny and pressure, but one they responded to with a run of three successive away wins in all competitions.

'You know you don't have much of that.

Despite dominating possession, United struggled to make headway against a well-drilled Wolves team, who threatened to snatch a win at the end in a match that pitted Mourinho against his former reserve goalkeeper during his time at Porto, Nuno Espirito Santo.

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