Manchester Unitedd in trouble after arriving late for Champions League match

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However, his analysis this season of Mourinho and Paul Pogba at United has generally been spot on.

United captain Antonio Valencia then had to apologise after he "liked" a post on Instagram that called for the sacking of Mourinho.

There has been ongoing talk of a rift between Mourinho and Pogba, with speculation increasing following a training-ground confrontation last week and the latter being stripped of vice-captaincy duties. "It's time for Mourinho to go". "I'm talking about players in general, players who get upset with the manager or coaching staff and think, "I'm not going to train properly because somebody upset me".

While a move to Chelsea seems unlikely, Pogba's future is certainly going to play a key role in deciding Mourinho's next steps at Manchester United. Eric Bailly in particular appeared to support his argument, though in fairness his partnership with Chris Smalling was the sixth different partnership United have fielded in central defence in 10 games this season.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is unconvinced the turmoil can be resolved, however.

By gum, it's all going swimmingly at Manchester United at the moment, isn't it?

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Mourinho agreed, saying: "Exactly, (it) is a collective thing, the reason why we don't win is responsibility of everybody". I like that perspective but I don't agree totally: (it) is all of us, everybody in the club has a role to play.

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"Hopefully play with a bit of skill".

Meanwhile, former United defender Rio Ferdinand speculated whether Mourinho is playing the role of a sabateur and wants the sack. The midfielder had intimated that he would get in trouble for talking after the West Ham match when, asked for comment, he playfully replied: "You want me dead?".

"That's what it seems like to me".

Many players avoided the post-match mixed zone interview area after the game to avoid awkward questions.

Mourinho retains the public backing of the club and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said last week that the club hoped to continue under Mourinho. "I thought that was a fantastic season and I know the reasons why".

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