Manchester United lacked quality, not desire - Mourinho

Joann Johnston
September 29, 2018

Jose Mourinho has reiterated that he has a good relationship with Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba.

Anthony Martial's relationship with Mourinho hit an all-time low during the summer, when Pogba's fellow France worldwide was fined for reputedly leaving the club's pre-season American tour without permission to attend the birth of his baby son, something the player is understood to dispute.

The Frenchman was rested for that cup game, as was always likely to be the case, but a poorly timed Instagram video followed by footage from training the following morning appeared to show visible frostiness between the two after Mourinho said something to Pogba.

Mark Noble might have taken home the official man of the match award but Mourinho was particularly impressed by the young defender, Issa Diop, who arrived from Toulouse in the summer.

A 3-1 loss at West Ham on Saturday left United with 10 points from seven games - matching the club's previous worst Premier League start under Moyes in 2013 immediately after Alex Ferguson's retirement.

"No player is bigger than the club".

I am really happy with his work this week. He trained really well.

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"If it carries on going like that, a lot of teams and players will begin looking at Manchester United in a different way".

However, his relationship with his manager Jose Mourinho has spiraled out of control of late. "Exactly that. I think Paul told [said the same] in one of his appearances in the famous mixed zone and he is correct".

Unsurprisingly, he took another opportunity to hit back over the training ground footage and the creation of a story over something he claims happens every day with every player, insisting the media will never be allowed in to watch a full session.

Mourinho's wish to sell Martial - who has been the subject of much public criticism from the manager - was vetoed by the club, a move that has empowered the player.

"Paul and the other players in the squad know in detail the reason why myself and my coaching staff made a decision to do that", he added.

"I always analyze a player as a player -- and when a player is a captain, I analyze the player from both the player and captain perspective".

"After weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff we made the decision Paul is just a player and not a captain".

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