Jose Mourinho singles out journalist during press conference

In what is quickly becoming one of the must-see events of the week, Jose Mourinho had his press conference on Monday.

In desperate need of a turnaround both on and off the pitch, Manchester United will host Valencia on Tuesday night.

United have just two wins in their last six Premier League matches and many feel the end of his reign is near.

Mourinho on Zidane rumors

Should the Portuguese tactician leave Old Trafford, it is believed that former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will take his place.

Mourinho’s recent decision to strip Paul Pogba of the captaincy has only added more speculation to his position.

It was only eight months ago that the 55-year-old signed a contract extension until 2020 at Old Trafford.

When asked about The Sun’s story about a phone call between the two managers, Mourinho was quick to turn the spotlight on the writer of the piece.

“Ask the guy behind, he wrote it. Ask him,”

“Instead of asking me, ask him. He’s written it, you need to ask him.”

It was reported that Zidane had reached out to Mourinho to assure him he had no intentions of taking his job.

Phil Jones after Derby penalty miss

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United applauds fans as Phil Jones of Manchester United looks dejected after missing his team’s eighth penalty, meaning Derby County win the match on penalties during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on September 25, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Manchester United’s poor start to the season

Crashing out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Championship outfit Derby six days ago has epitomized United’s sluggish start to the season.

Along with another poor showing in their 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, Mourinho’s side now sit 10th in the table.

Without a win in their last three matches in all competitions, they’re already nine points adrift of Manchester City after just seven games.

With no side in the top half of the table holding a worse defensive record, this has been United’s worst start since 1989.

A side worryingly low on form and confidence, Mourinho also questioned some of his players attitudes.

“Every player is different, no player is the same,” he said. “I see different actions but what you see is not really inside.

“I see upset people, some people that don’t look like they lost a game.

“I see so-so but in the little two sessions of training we had [since Saturday] everything was normal, desire to work and play.”

The former Chelsea boss now faces an incredibly tough job of turning round what looks like an untenable position.

After Tuesday’s match with Valencia, the Reds will face Newcastle, Chelsea and defending Serie A champions Juventus.

Full Jose Mourinho press conference pre Man United vs Valencia


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