Friday, 19 October, 2018

EPL: Manchester United players believe Mourinho will be sacked this week

Mourinho unimpressed with Martial work rate Mourinho unimpressed with Martial work rate
Sergio Cook | 01 October, 2018, 09:02

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is reportedly taking English lessons so as to prepare himself in case Manchester United decide to fire embattled Jose Mourinho.

"But the problem is, I don't think Paul Pogba is on his own if he's voicing these types of things".

"You look at our team [against West Ham] and we had a very strong team".

Next up for United is a Champions League game at home to Valencia on Tuesday - and Mourinho told the club website that he welcomes the prospect.

Moreover, United's abject performance spoke far more obviously and loudly than did Ferdinand in that there was absolutely nothing about their display which suggested they were a tight unit looking to back their manager out of a corner.

"I've not seen the goals yet", said West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, "but we scored three, United had two opportunities".

The Red Devils lost to West Ham United 3-1 on Saturday and Pogba was replaced in the 71 minute by Mourinho.

Mourinho was the centre of attention after the match, with his future being speculated upon by the pundits in the wake of the West Ham match.

Goals from Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic saw West Ham to victory yesterday. We're the ones who go on the pitch. We're not very good in transition.

United's third defeat in seven Premier League games left them eight points behind leaders Liverpool and three adrift of the top four, with Mourinho's men now having played one game more than the teams above them in the table.

"When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have", said the Frenchman.

"From the first minute you could see we weren't winning the second balls and our duels".

Pogba's previous post-match remarks, when he questioned United's conservative tactics after the draw at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers the previous weekend, have caused friction with Mourinho, who also stripped him of the vice-captaincy during the week.

United's hierarchy may appear relatively sanguine despite the poor run but how long can they afford to wait before they reach crunch point?

"This time, it was not a linesman mistake, it was a referee mistake", said Mourinho.

United now look far from contenders, but they can take a huge step towards the last 16 by moving six points clear of Valencia in Group H on Tuesday.

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