Matic: Man Utd don't need crisis talks; leaders do it on pitch

Posted October 03, 2018

Midfielder Nemanja Matic said the West Ham defeat was one of his worst games for United.

Luke Shaw has defended under-fire manager Jose Mourinho by insisting that Manchester United's players are to blame for Saturday's "horrendous" defeat to West Ham United.

Valencia are even lower in the La Liga table than United are in the Premier League and on current form would not ordinarily be regarded as hard opponents, though it is the wretched form recently shown by Tuesday's hosts that could be the greater factor in the contest. But simplifying the absolute state of Manchester United over the past five years to a plain question of 'Which side are you on?' is both moronic and deceitful.

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Mourinho is now under intense scrutiny after a miserable start to the season which has seen him appear to lose the confidence of his players and have high-profile bust ups with the likes of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

Was this a big week for Manchester United?

United's haul of 10 points from seven games matches their return at this stage of the season under David Moyes in 2013-14 but their inferior goal difference means this is their worst top-flight start since they picked up seven points in 1989-90.

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And, though Mourinho says losing is not a problem, he says he will not accept players that aren't giving their all.

But the United manager has come out in support of his players ahead of the Champions League tie against Valencia. Everyone is trying to do more for the team.

"If somebody tells them "I was a football player and I didn't give my best" then I change my opinion".

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"Every player is different, no player is the same". "I think that some care more than others", he said. "The leaders need to be on the pitch". Sometimes it can help but the most important is on the pitch. "I see upset people, some people that don't look like they lost a game".