Jose Mourinho was unhappy with his players despite their big win.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first hatrick for the club was more than enough to secure a 3-0 victory over St Etienne ahead if the second-leg in france.
Asked if he was happy with the result, Mourinho said:
“I am, especially because in the first half, we played so bad, and we managed to finish it winning 1-0 when we don’t deserve.
“It was down to lack of concentration.
“I had the feeling immediately in the dressing room, too noisy, too funny, too relaxed. Then my assistants had the feeling in the warm-up, with some of the guys not really focused on getting the right adrenaline in their bodies.
“Then the game started and the first thing we did was a back-pass (Eric Bailly) to the striker (Romain Hamouma) to be face-to-face with Sergio.
“So, lack of concentration. And when you don’t have it, it’s difficult to recover it. So the first half was hard.”
He continued: “Even myself on the touchline, I felt it was difficult, the communication. I needed half-time. So we were lucky, yes, to be winning 1-0.
“I am not happy with it. At half-time, the result could be 1-1. I always think we have to play every game with the same attitude.”
Ibrahimovic is the first player to score five goals in a European campaign for Manchester United since the 2011/12 campaign (Rooney)
Asked if the attitude might be down to the fact it was the Europa League rather than the Champions League, Mourinho said: “I know Champions League is the competition everyone wants to play, everyone wants to win, I know that.
“But we don’t play Champions League, we play Europa League.
“I think in the first half, it was too relaxed. Then, St Etienne were in the game withthe right attitude and intensity, and they created problems.
“We don’t play Champions League, so if that is the case I would prefer to play inthe Europa League than be at home watching TV. So I think with the players it is the same.”
Mourinho, although stressed the second half was better,
“To score three goals and not concede in the first leg at home, it’s always
a good result, it is not over, but it is a good result.”