“Oh for Christ’s sake!” said Hughes. “You guys were there, you know what it is.
There was one team trying to press, had the majority of play in their half. Their play was flat. Our goalkeeper hasn’t made any saves in my recollection. Not the game we all saw.”
It was proof it is not only United fans and TV pundits who are annoyed by the way the club are playing under Mourinho – and his attempts to justify a team looking at home down in seventh place.
Mourinho deployed his usual diversionary tactics after a poor result with sound-bites about “mad dogs” and “simplicity is genius”.
Yet the truth is that, after a blundering start which again called into question the professional preparation of the players, United did not deserve to beat a side which started the day only off the bottom of the table on goal difference.