Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Fans react as Manchester United player defends Jose Mourinho

Fans react as Manchester United player defends Jose Mourinho

"When a team that comes with that mentality, fragility, of the bad not the best way to start", said Mourinho, a three-time Premier League victor with Chelsea across two spells.

Yet it was impossible to read Pogba's demeanour as a show of support for his manager.

José Mourinho defended his decision to play Anthony Martial instead of Alexis Sánchez after a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday condemned Manchester United to a third defeat in seven Premier League games - their worst start to a domestic campaign in almost 30 years. Yet while Pogba is not playing like a world champion, his performances are part of a wider malaise at Old Trafford.

They also claim Mourinho has been given a week to turn his misery start to the season around.

It is hard to see how both player and manager can work together in the long term after such public displays of disunity.

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 team's mentality against West Ham.

Manchester United woes continued as they were defeated by West Ham United last Saturday in London Stadium.

Mourinho then defended his decision to drop the out-of-form Alexis Sánchez in favour of Anthony Martial, while praising the personality of 21-year-old defensive midfielder Scott McTominay, who also returned to the squad. "I left Alexis out and I think Martial is not a player very, very focused on his defensive duties".

"We were not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot", Mourinho said.

"I didn't see them make two or three passes in succession - that's criminal".

That has led to mounting speculation about Mourinho's future at the club, but Shaw believes it is the players who need to shoulder the blame. It was very poor from us.

Paul Pogba has added fuel to the fire of his rapidly disintegrating relationship with Jose Mourinho by turning down interviews in the wake of Manchester United's latest defeat with a four-word reply: "You want me dead?" The manager isn't on the pitch, is he? We had a very strong team.

"So Paul and the other players in the squad know in detail the reason why myself and my coaching staff we decide to do that".

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