Mourinho fears United have lined up Zidane as his replacement

Mourinho fears United have lined up Zidane as his replacement

Mourinho fears United have lined up Zidane as his replacement

Manchester United crashed to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday to record their worst league start in 29 years, leaving Jose Mourinho desperately seeking answers to a mounting crisis at the club.

Having also gone out of the Carabao Cup last week, on penalties to Championship-side Derby County, United desperately need a positive result against Valencia to relieve the mounting pressure on Mourinho. Saturday's 3-1 defeat in east London made this the 20-time champions' worst start to a league campaign since 1989-90, leading to increased talk about the manager's future and his ability to steer the ship back into calm waters. "The manager isn't on the pitch is he?" he said to reporters.

Manchester United just haven't looked themselves under Jose Mourinho this season.

Given Mourinho's confrontational style of management, there is recognition that Zidane's softer approach might be well received by players, not least Paul Pogba and the other French-speaking players in United's dressing room - Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly - with whom Mourinho has clashed.

"They have a good manager who wants to play the right way and wants to play good football", Lampard said.

"I think some care more than others", Mourinho said. It's hard to take.

"If you want the truth I think it was honestly horrendous". It's all of us, everybody has a role to play.

Mourinho said West Ham's first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been "aggressive" enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers' second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautović's strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford. "I don't believe any player goes onto the pitch to not give his best". It just wasn't good enough from us today.

Mata has scaled back his regular blog in the midst of a turbulent spell for the club as Mourinho prepares his team to face Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Matic admitted that United's slump in form has put more pressure on the players as United prepare to face Valencia and Newcastle at home before the global break.

"I see different reactions, but sometimes what you see is different from the inside".

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