Quipping Paul Pogba underlines rift with Mourinho after West Ham defeat

Jo Caldwell
October 1, 2018

Luke Shaw blasted Manchester United's performance in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham, describing it as "horrendous", but refused to blame manager Jose Mourinho.

With just 10 points in their opening seven games, this is United's worst start to a league season since the 1989-90 campaign during which Sir Alex Ferguson was on the verge of getting the sack until Mark Robins' victor against Nottingham Forest eased the pressure on the Scot.

The defeat comes after a week in which United were dumped out at the third-round stage of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby and another public clash with Paul Pogba in training.

"I can have complaints with quality and mental approach", he said. "You have to try always and that is my nature as a football professional". To play him as a second striker and trying just to cover the area of [Declan] Rice would be much easier for him.

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"I want to play [Anthony] Martial, something that you are asking for a long, long time", said Jose, referring to journalist who had asked him to include the Frenchman. Everything that left his foot was correct - a part of a special character; a special personality that the team in a negative moment needs. If it's from Ed Woodward (the chief executive) to Mourinho and then Mourinho to his players, the place just looks unstable.

The manager included Scott McTominay in defence to give more height and physicality, but the trade-off came in the lack of speed and movement and it was all horribly one-paced from his side.

He also complained about a foul in the build up to West Ham's third, which was scored by Marco Arnautovic.

Mourinho threw on Rashford shortly before the hour-mark and went close to pulling a goal back when Marouane Fellaini, operating in forward role, powered a header downward only to see Lukasz Fabianski pull off a fine stop.

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"We needed a good start and we didn't have that good start".

As the inquests were ramped up after another sub-par display that leaves United's Premier League title hopes already wanting, former midfielder Scholes said: "At this minute, I think this club seems to be in a bit of a mess".

West Ham were rewarded on five minutes, when Mark Noble slid in Pablo Zabaleta down the right and the Argentine crossed for Anderson to flick the ball brilliantly past David de Gea with his heel. "Mr Oliver decides in the other way".

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