United returned to the competition after a season in the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Basel in their opening game in Group A earlier this month, and take on CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation on Wednesday.
“If I speak good, I motivate them”. They didn’t look as good as they are, but because of us.
“We performed well today and we have to improve because it’s still early in the season, but I am happy with the win and the form we are in”.
In the UEFA Champions League, totally 8 groups are playing and each group consists of four teams.
They’ve got to achieve things – they’ve got to win the Premier League again for a start [something United last did in 2013].
“We don’t have Fellaini, Pogba or Carrick, so all three midfield players we lose for this match, so the solutions are not many“, said Mourinho in a pre-match press conference.
In the other fixture, Swiss side Basel will aim to recover from its 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford as it hosts Portuguese champion Benfica, which also recorded a defeat (1-0) in the first game against CSKA.
He said: “I always like to be back here because it is a handsome city – every time I come it’s better and better – so I have to say that it’s a pleasure“. So we started really strongly and by winning 3-0 we had the game in our hands. Not to be here tomorrow is a hard situation for us. I think the game also adapted to his qualities, the way we played adapted to his qualities too.
Victory for United, who had won just one of their previous 10 away games in the competition, boosted their stranglehold on top spot in Group A, where they sit three points clear of FC Basel and CSKA.