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29th September 2018 London Stadium London England EPL Premier League football West Ham United versus Manchester United Manchester Untied Manager Jose Mourinho looks on from the touchline before kick off Jose Mourinho edged closer to the exit door
Domingo Copeland | 01 October, 2018, 09:00

United, who finished second last season behind Manchester City, already appear to be out of the title race and problems on the pitch are compounded by a growing rift between the manager and Paul Pogba.

Luke Shaw has described Manchester United's defeat at West Ham United as "honestly horrendous" and "awful", conceding the team performed like it didn't deserve to play for the club in a result that piled more pressure on manager Jose Mourinho. "No VAR. The linesman made his mistake and we were punished with that goal and I think the team felt it deeply".

"When a team that comes with that mentality, fragility, of the bad result.is not the best way to start", said Mourinho, a three-time Premier League victor with Chelsea across two spells.

But the truth was they did not need to be on fire to beat this United team, who have now picked up the least number of points from their opening seven games of a top-flight season since 1989-90.

While Shaw continues to enhance his ever-growing reputation, Man United now face a massive week in a bid to get this season back on track.

Goals from Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic saw West Ham to victory yesterday.

José Mourinho's future at Manchester United is hanging in the balance.

The sideshow split between player and manager has hogged the headlines of late, but the issues facing Mourinho clearly don't start and end with the French midfielder, and on the evidence of the 3-1 loss at the London Stadium very few of the United squad are playing for their boss right now.

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Mourinho was also displeased with what he deemed one offside goal, an unlucky own goal, and a third goal in which he believed there was a West Ham foul in the build-up. "No excuses. As players we weren't good enough".

"In the past we've seen managers relieved of their duties, that's what would normally happen", said the six-time Premier League victor.

"We are not very good in transition", Mourinho said.

"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.

Alexis Sanchez is likely to be back in the squad for Valencia's visit to Old Trafford on Tuesday after he was axed for the trip to West Ham.

United's hierarchy may appear relatively sanguine despite the poor run but how long can they afford to wait before they reach crunch point?

"He is a special character", Mourinho said.

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