Jose Mourinho has claimed that some of his Manchester United players “care more than others” after his side’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham United.
The club has endured a nightmare week during which they drew with Wolverhampton Wanderers and suffered humiliating defeats to Derby County in the League Cup.
Another defeat at the hands of Valencia on Tuesday would force Ed Woodward into genuinely considering Mourinho’s position at the club.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, Mourinho said that he thought some Man United players cared more about playing for the club than others.
When Mourinho is sacked he will, you suspect, come back to this question of attitude, of total commitment to the cause, and insist it was not good enough among his players.
But of course, that accusation just does not wash: Mourinho has had over two years with these players and one of his jobs has been to instil a fighting spirit which endures during a nine month period. To do that you have to man-manage properly and advocate a way of playing that players can engage with.
The way this season has started strongly suggests Mourinho has failed to do that.