DANNY MURPHY: Jose Mourinho's Manchester United showed no desire

30 September, 2018, 03:59 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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Jose Mourinho's post-match thoughts on his side's defeat to West Ham was seemingly stopped early by a United press official.

Felipe Anderson's early strike, a Victor Lindelof own-goal and Marko Arnautovic's finish left United manager Jose Mourinho increasingly feeling the heat.

Surely anybody can realise that emphasis needs to be on how Mourinho's team attacks and uses the ball.

The word "crisis" has been too easily grasped for in relation to United this season, but this was truly terrible.

They started seeing more of the ball but still struggled to create any meaningful chances and were punished just before half-time when a Andriy Yarmolenko shot looped into the net off Lindelof for an own goal.

Another was to bring on Marcus Rashford, who, returning from a three-match suspension, pulled one back for United on 71 minutes when he connected sweetly with a near-post flick from a corner, catching Fabianski by surprise.

Man United's 10 points equals the club's worst return after the first seven matches of any season in the Premier League era, heaping more pressure on Mourinho, whose brand of football seems to be delivering neither points nor pleasure to United fans.


The Chilean forward is becoming one of United's great transfer mistakes; he played badly last season and has been a liability in this campaign. Conversations with players I have many, many times.

He added: "Look, for how many months have people been asking for Martial, Martial, Martial?" But picking McTominay, with Eric Bailly on the bench and Phil Jones out but apparently not injured, felt like just another confused team selection by a floundering manager.

The United boss said: "Scott McTominay is a kid with a special character, very humble, aggressive in a positive way, brave, he's a special kid".

Forget the Paul Pogba situation, Manchester United's problems run far deeper than that.

Victory saw West Ham continue to climb the table after starting the season with four straight league defeats under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Mourinho informed Pogba on Tuesday that he would not captain United again and the following day the pair were involved in a training-ground incident regarding the player's posting of an Instagram story.

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