'We needed to start well and we didn't'
"The reality is that the third goal mentally killed the team - but not the pride," Jose has told us...
What is your assessment of the match? "My assessment is that we needed to start well and we didn't. After the two draws at home, we needed positivity, we needed to have a good start, we needed the players to have a good feeling of starting well, and after five minutes we are losing 1-0 with an offside goal that would have been disallowed with the VAR. The players on the pitch immediately had that feeling. Ashley Young and Scott knew perfectly the goal was offside. Then the team had a reaction, we arrived with some danger, we hit the post, we surrounded dangerous areas and then we scored an own goal. In the second half we knew that a goal could change the perspective. We had that goal and the next minute it was time for the referee's mistake. A foul on Marcus Rashford - Zabaleta doesn't even see the ball. He just goes with his body and arms to pull Marcus back. Mr Oliver did not see it. There was a counter attack, a third goal and then it was too strong by the mental point of view for the team." Was it frustrating to concede that third goal so quickly after Marcus Rashford had netted? “The reality is that the third goal is the goal that mentally killed the team. Not the pride - it didn't kill the pride. I could see some of the players going until the end. I could see brave McTominay, Smalling, trying to go forward and bring the ball, to go to set -pieces. but the third goal, mentally, was a big blow for the team.” Is it a positive that we have another match on Tuesday, against Valencia in the Champions League? "For myself, speaking of my own feelings, I am really happy that we have a game on Tuesday. I am really happy that I now go to the train and I start immediately thinking about training tomorrow, about the match on Tuesday and I prefer that than playing next Sunday, with one week of these bad feelings. I look forward to that match on Tuesday and I hope the majority of the players have this same kind of mentality, and that they are looking forward to Tuesday."