Manchester United still in for hard season despite good form Jose Mourinho

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Praising Wolves' players for performing like it was a "World Cup final", the Portuguese coach questioned why his own squad were not playing with a similar sense of urgency.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho credits agent Jorge Mendes for helping Wolverhampton Wanderers back into the Premier League. Asked whether this was down to the Lindelöf-Smalling partnership, Mourinho said: "No, I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before". I said what I had to say last week in Geneva, at a UEFA meeting that we had. "They deserve the point and I think we deserve the punishment of only one point".

Wolves, back in the Premier League this term after winning the Championship past year, have nine points from six games so far, one point less than United - who are eight behind leaders Liverpool.

After three wins from three away games, United entered the match perhaps confident of a win, but it didn't materialise, something which Mourinho said was hard to understand. His hold-up play was excellent, as shown when setting up Moutinho, he dropped deep to good effect and even his runs in behind troubled United.

In front of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was back at Old Trafford for the first time since suffering a brain haemorrhage in May, United produced a disappointing performance and Wolves left with a deserved point.

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They [Wolves] were fresh as they didn't play in midweek.

In a match where United needed some creative spark, instead of lumping the ball forward looking for Marouane Fellaini for the last 20 minutes of the match, Alexis Sanchez was very much needed.

"The attitude made the difference".

Romelu Lukaku, who had a poor game, hesitated in the box, failing to latch on to a half-chance five minutes from time and that was it.

"This is something you learn as a kid in the academy". It is a basic law of football, you have to play at the maximum of your potential. He did say that it could be a mental situation and said that now they have to reflect on the issue and play future games with more intensity as there was only one team to play the game of their lives, the other to relax. "That's not the case, and we all know that".

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