Play­ers Are Not Sab­o­tag­ing My Ef­forts

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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.”

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