Jamie Carragher Pinpoints One Worrying Aspect Of United's Defeat To West Ham

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The clear difference is that the England left-back, whose career has seen a resurgence this season, was criticising how he and the other players played, rathan than the system or mindset of the side.

Mourinho's tinkerings meant a first start of the season for midfielder Scott McTominay, playing on the right of a three-man defence, while Anthony Martial played instead of the dropped Alexis Sanchez.

According to the report, one of Zidane's key aims for his sabbatical year is to spend as much time with his family before returning to management ahead of next season, which would suggest that a mid-season appointment is off the table.

"It's an anecdote because great players in the history of Valencia CF have scored goals in important matches and stadiums, but the circumstances have wanted me to be the only one at the moment".

United - who are already nine points off the pace in the Premier League - will turn their attention to the Champions League as they host Valencia in Manchester on Tuesday.

"That's Old Trafford. We are here to attack". It is a moment that we will all have, that I will have at times, that every manager has.

"It is a collective thing", Mourinho said.

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Pedro, now injured, is perhaps Sarri's best hope, but again, he can not be relied upon to score 15-20 goals. The former Chelsea man scored an outrageous goal from outside the box in the final moments of the game.

"On Saturday we didn't play well but we give our best, for sure the manager is going to tell us why we didn't play well".

The manager might argue he needs better support in the transfer market from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to have a serious chance of revival, but the fact is Mourinho has more than enough talent to do much better.

Luke Shaw didn't share Pogba's trepidation despite being a past target of Mourinho's scorn.

"I like that perspective, but I don't agree totally". We're the ones who go on the pitch.

Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy last week, but one of Mourinho's most trusted lieutenants, Nemanja Matic, believes leadership is about how you perform on the pitch, rather than wearing the armband. Everybody has a role to play.

"When we lose, the responsibility is the responsibility of everyone".

With tempers frayed and results on the slide, Juan Mata has provided perhaps the most true harbinger of Manchester United's current malaise: the cancellation of his weekly blog post.