Manchester United were woeful in their 4-1 pre-season friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund in China – but Jose Mourinho appears to be pointing the finger of blame at a rather unusual source.
In the immediate aftermath of the game ,the Special One appeared largely unfazed by the fact his Red Devils team were outplayed and outclassed over the 90 minutes played in Shanghai.
“It was like Formula 1 against Formula 3,” he told BBC Sport. “They are much sharper, so it was difficult to judge.”
Yet behind the bravado and Mourinho-standard sound bites, it would appear that the Portuguese coach is far from happy and he knows exactly who to blame: Pokémon Go.
With United’s players guilty of some pretty glaring lapses in concentration, the Special One is keen to ensure his charges keep their eye on the ball ahead of a busy Premier League campaign.
Speaking to the Daily Star, an anonymous source within the club revealed that Mourinho is more than a little concerned at the number of players engaged in the monster-catch smartphone game.
“He [Mourinho] says for 48 hours before a match he wants the guys to leave it alone and concentrate on the tactics he and his staff have been working on in the days before,” they told the news provider.
It suggests that United’s performance against the Bundesliga side may have, in some small part at least, been down to a predilection for Pokémon.
We can only assume Marcos Rojo is a massive Pikachu fan. Well, that or he’s just garbage.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.