José Mourinho cuts chipper figure as crunch Valencia visit looms
Oct 03 2018
It is extremely rare for tickets to be available this close to a Premier League or Champions League game, especially against a side like Valencia.
United's 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday was their third in the Premier League this season and they are 10th in the table after seven games.
Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Ander Herrera will miss Manchester United's Champions League Group H match with Valencia on Tuesday due to injury.
Now we are witnessing something similar as he has clearly had a massive fall-out with Paul Pogba and it has come down to a straight fight between player and manager to see who can outlast each other at United.
"Any sensible Manchester United fan should wish for a "plague o" both their houses".
United are perceived to be in something of a crisis, with Mourinho's team going into the match without a win in three and their manager under increasing pressure.
"We have to look at ourselves as players", he said.
"The leaders are the players who aren't scared to play".
"If you want the truth I think it was honestly horrendous", he told reporters.
"He's there to put a team out and put a team out that he thinks can win the game".
Asked about the reaction of his players to the West Ham defeat, Mourinho added: "Every player is different, no player is the same".
Matic did not deny that the United players had been talking about the situation - with Luke Shaw setting the tone with his admittance that the ones on the pitch needed "to look at ourselves" rather than looking to the manager for guidance - but the midfielder would prefer action to words, and preferably in the next match. "The most important thing is tomorrow's game, what happens in it and achieving a positive result".
"And you need complete work rate on the pitch".
"And I have no doubt from his comments today at the press conference (ahead of United's Champions League clash against Valencia) when he said, "some players are trying, some trying harder than others" that he has lost the dressing room, that's not rocket science". A club like this, a team like this, one of the most successful coaches in the world, with huge investment and in the best club competition in the world, we can expect them to perform at their highest level.