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

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Jose Mourinho has lost patience with forward Alexis Sanchez and is prepared to offload the former Arsenal player after leaving him out entirely for Saturday's 3-1 defeat to West Ham.

But United, who finished a distant second behind Manchester City last season, are going backwards on the pitch - licking their wounds after their worst start to a league campaign for 29 years.

Sanchez wouldn't be the first creative player Mourinho has failed to get the best out of.

He would prefer not to have to find a short-term replacement, even if that may be unavoidable if primary, longer-term targets are out of reach for now, while some readily available candidates may be less enamoured by the prospect of a stopgap role.

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

"In the past we've seen managers relieved of their duties, that's what would normally happen", said the six-time Premier League victor.

"And these constant rows being played out in public with his players won't have done him any good". Marcus Rashford halved the deficit after replacing Lindelof but Marko Arnautovic killed off Mourinho's side in the 74th minute. He's there to put a team out and put a team out that he thinks can win the game. I think individually and as a team we were very bad.

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Manchester United's lamentable submission to West Ham United on Saturday emphasised what we already knew.

"Games like this we should be dominating, creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Man United and that didn't happen".

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

United have just 10 points after seven Premier League games -that meagre haul plus their negative goal difference means this is their poorest start since 1989-90, when they had picked up seven points at this stage of the season.

Left-back Shaw apologised to supporters for United's "awful" performance at the London Stadium and said the players needed to take a hard look at themselves. We're not very good in transition.

Meanwhile, although United still believe in Jose, if results do not come, then they may be tempted to look elsewhere.

The Red Devils are nearly out of the top 10 and nine points off the top of the Premier League table.