Players Are Not Sabotaging My Efforts
LONDON (Dispatches) - Jose Mourinho insists his Manchester United players are giving their maximum effort despite repeated criticism by him of their performances.
The 55-year-old United manager claimed any accusation his players were underperforming because they did not like him would be “dishonest”.
Mourinho has been withering in his assessment of United’s performances in their past two league matches, saying his players lacked “heart” after they were held 0-0 at home by Crystal Palace on November 24. He then suggested there were not enough “mad dogs” in his team following last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton. None of United’s players spoke to the media after the match at St Mary’s Stadium.
Yet there have been reports of dressing room disharmony, with Mourinho reportedly comparing France midfielder Paul Pogba to a “virus” in an angry rant at Southampton.
Mourinho has declined to comment on the latest reports of a fall-out with Pogba, and would not even by drawn on whether he thought the midfielder had played poorly at Southampton.
“Are you asking or saying? I am not going to analyse the performance individually,” he said.
“The names I gave at Southampton were the names that I chose in a positive way who showed that desire, that fighting spirit, that anger, that pride.”