Jose can pile the pres­sure on To­ral

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

JOSE MOUR­INHO takes his Manch­ester United side to Spain to face a Va­len­cia side in tur­moil.

The Spaniards have won just three of their 15 La Liga games and are lan­guish­ing in the bot­tom half of the ta­ble.

Their poor start, mir­rored by United in the Pre­mier League, has left coach Marcelino Gar­cia To­ral un­der pres­sure and clash­ing with his stars – just like Mour­inho.

Ten­sion bub­bled over be­tween To­ral and striker Goncalo Guedes – who has yet to score since he signed from Paris Sain­tGer­main in the sum­mer

– in the re­cent 2-0 de­feat at Real Madrid.

He called the Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional to the touch­line less than half an hour into the game at the Bern­abeu and was in­volved in a heated dis­cus­sion.

Cam­eras caught To­ral telling Guedes: “There have been 27 min­utes and you have not yet done any­thing”.

The striker, 22, re­acted an­grily as the pair con­tin­ued their spat.

And with more shades of events at United, an­other of To­ral’s play­ers – striker San­ti­ago Mina – has added to the un­ease with crit­i­cism of their style.

He said: “We are play­ing with­out per­son­al­ity, with­out any depth to our play.

“Ev­ery­thing is miss­ing and we must learn from this quickly.

“We know we are not do­ing the right things, we are dis­cussing this and try­ing to rec­tify it.

“But it is not an easy process.”

Ear­lier in United’s Cham­pi­ons League group it was thought Mour­inho and his stars would have to go to Va­len­cia and win to go through to the knock­out phase next year.

But a sur­prise vic­tory at Ju­ven­tus and a last-minute goal from Marouane Fel­laini against Swiss side Young Boys last month have al­ready seen United qual­ify from Group H.

Va­len­cia are five points be­hind af­ter as many games and can not qual­ify for the knock­out stages.

STEVE BATES

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