Antonio Valencia 'barely speaking' with Jose Mourinho, atmosphere compared to morgue


United are in desperate need of a shot in the arm against Valencia in Tuesday's Champions League clash, given their draw against Wolves was compounded by a shock Carabao Cup exit to Derby and chastening loss to West Ham.

"He stripped Pogba of the captaincy, which I agreed with, but it sounded like it was in front of the players and the players don't want that now, they don't".

Mourinho also laughed off speculation he has been contacted by former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, the favourite to replace him in the Old Trafford hot seat if Mourinho is dismissed. The Sun says the France World Cup victor is fed up of arguing with the Portuguese following a number of run-ins and has told people close to him that he is better off not playing in a Mourinho team.

To make matters worse, there are not many players who are performing to the best of their abilities.

But Shaw, whose past issues with his manager have been well-publicised, claims that Mourinho isn't exclusively to blame for the team's shortcomings. The Gunners have now won seven successive games - five of them in the league - under the Basque, who succeeded Wenger in the summer.

Mourinho agreed, saying: "Exactly, (it) is a collective thing, the reason why we don't win is responsibility of everybody". I think teams are scared when they see Man United attacking and attacking.

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The fallout from the result has been toxic, with supporters now nearly universally behind the notion that Mourinho should be sacked by the club.

"The performance on the pitch in my opinion is the outcome of many factors", added Mourinho. I like that perspective but I don't agree totally: (it) is all of us, everybody in the club has a role to play. I disagree with Luke Shaw's comments and don't truly believe that was everything he wanted to say. So we are here and we have the chance to play a big match. When we lose, we all lose.

"He didn't call me, because he's not the type to be phoning players, but of course, through agents, I knew what his wish was and what kind of work would be put in here". "He's written it, you need to ask him". Sometimes it can help but the most important is on the pitch.

And Matic admitted he too fell well below his normal standards at the weekend.

'They like to have the ball, to press high; it's going to be a really hard game'.