"They should be doing it for themselves and the club, and if they like the manager and they do it for the manager as well that's an added bonus, but I don't see that at the moment".
José Mourinho has admitted it will be unacceptable if Manchester United fail to beat Newcastle United on Saturday and so go five matches without a victory, a run that has occurred only once since 1999. Indeed, the Portuguese boss is the [1.57] favourite to be the next manager to leave his post.
Asked why it was so hard to get the players working together with team spirit, the United boss added: "Because sometimes things are not just in the manager's hands".
Fans didn't think that things could get much worse following the 3-1 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium.
"They're playing Football Manager with the biggest club in the world". Star midfielder Paul Pogba has made a number of controversial and inflammatory comments that have angered the United manager, who removed the vice-captaincy from Pogba a couple of weeks ago.
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Imagen de la obra de Banksy Girl with Red Balloon antes de "autodestruirse". Banksy , el bromista del arte , ataca de nuevo.
Win, lose or draw, Jose Mourinho may be on his way. But a win over Newcastle and the backing of the club would feel more of a stay of execution for Mourinho.
With the glare of the media spotlight now focused firmly on Mourinho, the cracks in both team selection and tactics grow larger with each passing week. Especially after the points we lost in the last two Premier League matches with one point out of six.
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With Mourinho having failed to sign any centre-backs before the campaign began, United seem to be paying the price, having kept just three clean sheets in nine matches so far.
Pochettino has also done excellently in developing the young players at Tottenham, something that the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Andreas Perriera could seriously benefit from at a crucial stage of their careers. At this point, it's hardly a risk to ask Zidane or Conte or any other successor to steady the Old Trafford ship, but with Mourinho in charge, this ship is cruising towards a choppy conclusion that is unlikely to end well.