Jose Mourinho understandably wasn’t in the mood for perspective. He had just watched his Manchester United chuck away a lead against 10-man Leicester City and, even by his own standards, he was brutal in his assessment of his own players.
‘Childish’ was one word used; ‘joke’ was another. They hadn’t even followed basic instructions at the end when Chris Smalling, limping with an injury, was unable to move and thus couldn’t track Harry Maguire’s run for a glorious equalising goal with pretty much the last kick of the game. Ashley Young had been tasked with telling the team to protect Smalling; somehow the message hadn’t got through.
So it wasn’t surprising that Mourinho wasn’t ready to look for the bigger picture. But some context: after 19 games last season, the halfway point, they had 36 points and were sixth. After this game, at the same stage, they have 42 points and are second.
The Red Devils were left stranded following their shock defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup, after their flight back to Manchester on their private jet was delayed.
Jose Mourinho and Co made the 15-minute trip 28 hours before their match with Leicester
The Manchester United squad boarded the private jet on Friday evening
Zlatan Ibrahimovic boards the plane as United make their way to the East Midlands
Ashley Young, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata all wrap up as they make their way to Leicester
Mourinho was in high spirits before boarding the plane with his coaching staff and players
Romelu Lukaku looks on as he makes his way across the runway and on to the team plane.