Mourinho not feeling the pressure as Valencia test looms

Mourinho not feeling the pressure as Valencia test looms

Quipping Paul Pogba underlines rift with Mourinho after West Ham defeat

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says “some [players] care more than others” at the club after their failure to win any of their past three games.

In their last two league matches United have drawn with Wolves and lost to West Ham, slipping to 10th in the Premier League table as a result.

Asked if he was worried about his position if the sides poor form continued, Mourinho replied: “No.”

“He (Shaw) says ‘we players are on the pitch, we have to perform, we have to give more’. I like that perspective but I don’t agree totally: (it) is all of us, everybody in the club has a role to play.

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“Every player is different, no player is the same,” he said. “I see different actions but what you see is not really inside.

Luke Shaw: Manchester United horrendous in West Ham defeat

“I see so-so but in the little two sessions of training we had [since Saturday] everything was normal, desire to work and play.”

Mourinho though refused to let the players take all the blame and in what could be perceived as a dig at Ed Woodward and Co, Mourinho said “everybody in the club has a role to play”.

Mourinho added: “What I can do to improve things I do, and I will improve the things that depend on me and my work.”

Shaw, who looked set to leave Old Trafford in the summer after being criticised by Mourinho, added: “We have to look at ourselves as players. Were the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isnt on the pitch, is he?

Uniteds 3-1 defeat by West Ham was their third loss in seven Premier League games, making it their worst start to a campaign since 1989-90.

Luke Shaw gives honest take on West Ham performance

Mourinho was asked if he had spoken to Uniteds executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward since losing to the Hammers.

The result at London Stadium followed a home defeat on penalties in the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby, and increased the speculation surrounding Mourinhos future.

United midfielder Nemanja Matic played in the West Ham defeat, a display which defender Luke Shaw described as “horrendous” and “awful”.

0:27 Former Chelsea defender Robert Huth thinks Jose Mourinho is struggling to get his message across at Manchester United because there are too many voices in the dressing room Former Chelsea defender Robert Huth thinks Jose Mourinho is struggling to get his message across at Manchester United because there are too many voices in the dressing room Former Chelsea defender Robert Huth thinks Jose Mourinho is struggling to get his message across at Manchester United because there are too many voices in the dressing room.

Speaking about Shaws comments, Mourinho said: “He says we players are on the pitch, we have to perform, we have to give more.

“I like that perspective but I dont agree totally. It is all of us, everybody in the club has a role to play.

According to Huth, who was speaking on Goals On Sunday, the United players are not buying into what Mourinho wants from them.

“When we win we all win. When we lose we all lose. And when we lose its the responsibility of everyone.”

10 hours ago Luke Shaw gives honest take on West Ham performance 21 Shares Darragh Murphy From a Manchester United perspective, afternoons dont come much worse. United fell to a 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, leaving the Red Devils in 10th place in the Premier League table.

Midfielders words failed to disguise discord at Manchester United after he was substituted in 70th minute

Point taken. With José Mourinho already in his seat on the team bus, Pogbas decision not to delay the journey back to Manchester was probably for the best. He chose to keep walking rather than add more fuel to the fire threatening to scorch Uniteds season. At the end of an eventful week during which Mourinho told Pogba that he would never captain United again and shared a frosty exchange with the £89m midfielder during training, it felt like a time to close ranks.

“From the first minute you could see we werent winning the second balls and our duels. Its hard to take. It just wasnt good enough from us today. That shouldnt be happening,” he added.

Read more Yet it was impossible to read Pogbas demeanour as a show of support for his manager. His quip about signing his own death warrant served only to underline the discord at United. They are a mess at the moment and after making it clear that no player can ever be bigger than the club last week, Mourinho sent out another message by substituting Pogba in the 70th minute of the 3-1 defeat against West Ham on Saturday.

He was also seen chatting at length to his former Arsenal team-mate Lucas Perez in the tunnel after the game, and there is a sense that Sanchez believes his decision to swap the Emirates for the red half of Manchester may have been a mistake.

Any watching Barcelona scouts would not have been impressed with Pogbas latest lacklustre display. Mourinho is entitled to argue that the 25-year-old should look at himself before analysing Uniteds tactics again. Yet while Pogba is not playing like a world champion, his performances are part of a wider malaise at Old Trafford.

Mourinho stated earlier this week that the French World Cup winner would not be taking the captains armband under his stewardship again, before getting involved in a training-ground spat in front of Sky Sports cameras. 

The view from the dressing room of Manchester Uniteds abject display: We were horrendous

It was Mourinho, after all, who set the tone with his grumbling during the season. No manager can criticise his players in public with such grinding regularity and hope to get away with it. Yet it was Mourinho who hung Phil Jones and Eric Bailly out to dry after the Carabao Cup defeat against Derby County last week and the Portuguese who questioned his teams mentality against West Ham.

United have no plans to get rid of Mourinho, and certainly not ahead of Tuesdays Champions League visit of Valencia, but the negativity is undeniably draining.

United now trail Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool by nine points having lost three of their opening seven games – mounting the pressure on under-fire Mourinho.

United tried to haul themselves back in the game after Felipe Andersons early goal for West Ham but their football was beige. Manuel Pellegrinis side were rarely in trouble and doubled their lead when Andriy Yarmolenkos shot looped in off Victor Lindelof in the 43rd minute.

Luke Shaw blasted Manchester Uniteds performance in Saturdays 3-1 defeat at West Ham, describing it as “horrendous”, but refused to blame manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho had dropped Alexis Sánchez while Jesse Lingard was injured and picked Scott McTominay on the right of a back three. Yet United, who must improve against Valencia, were confused and laborious in their 3-5-2 system. Marcus Rashford halved the deficit after replacing Lindelof but Marko Arnautovic killed off Mourinhos side in the 74th minute.

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Read more If you want the truth I think it was honestly horrendous, Luke Shaw said. We didnt look like a team today that was going to beat West Ham. I think individually and as a team we were awful. Thats not good enough. Its hard to take and were sorry to the fans for what they saw today. It was not good enough from a Man United team with all the talent we have.

From the first minute you could see we werent winning the second balls and our duels. Its hard to take. Games like this, we should be dominating, creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Man United and that didnt happen today. It was very poor from us.

We have to look at ourselves as players. Were the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isnt on the pitch, is he? Hes there to put a team out that he thinks can win the game. We had a very strong team. No excuses. As players we werent good enough.

For all that individual quality, United find themselves in 10th place after seven games. They are nine points behind Manchester City and Liverpool, seven behind Chelsea and five behind Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. They are below Bournemouth on goal difference and closer to the relegation zone than first place. Perhaps there is nothing left for Pogba to say.

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