We should have been 5-0 up – Mourinho unimpressed with wasteful United

Manchester United slumped to a 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho says his side should have scored five.

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Jose Mourinho was left frustrated with Manchester United's profligacy as it wasted a host of chances in its 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday.

United needed only a point to secure qualification and progress to the knockout phase as Group A winner, but it was not to be midweek.

Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo all went close in a first half which was dominated by United – with the latter two denied by the frame of the goal.

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And Basel took full advantage, improving immeasurably after half-time and eventually stealing a late win in the 89th minute through Michael Lang, leaving Mourinho understandably frustrated.

"We lost because we should have been 5-0 up at half-time and could not score after being so dominant," Mourinho told BT Sport.

"We were in an easy way for many periods – it looked almost impossible not to win.

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"But experience tells you that when you miss so many chances you put yourself in this position. In the second half, maybe we think the position at 0-0 was okay, but then they score the last minute."

Basel's winner saw Lang sneak in behind Daley Blind and convert, with the Dutchman accepting responsibility in a separate post-match interview.

But Mourinho was eager to ensure he did not blame himself, as he would rather fault "everyone on the pitch" for not wrapping up what should have been a straightforward win.

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"No, I don't think it's fair to blame himself," Mourinho added. "He had a positive game.

"We must blame everyone on the pitch. We missed so many chances and put ourselves in this position. It's always risky when you waste chances."

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