Nemanja Matic insists Manchester United players have not deserted Jose Mourinho

Issa Diop of West Ham United in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Macclesfield Town at The London Stadium

The former Premier League champions' 3-1 defeat at West Ham left them ten points adrift leaders and neighbours Manchester City. Saturday's 3-1 defeat in east London made this the 20-time champions' worst start to a league campaign since 1989-90, leading to increased talk about the manager's future and his ability to steer the ship back into calm waters.

In addition to the problems on the pitch, Mourinho confirmed last week that Paul Pogba would not captain the side again after he had implicitly criticised the manager by urging the team to attack more.

Prolific in four years at Arsenal and three seasons with Barcelona before then, Sanchez has scored just three times in 23 appearances under Mourinho - none of which have come this season.

After the West Ham performance, something Mourinho could really do with instilling is a fresh sense of desire with United players looking tepid during key moments at the London Stadium. I can say that in the club everyone is giving his best to do better for the team.

"We are not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot", Mourinho said when asked about the Lindelof own goal.

However, Mourinho accepted his share of the blame as a switch to a back three with midfielder Scott McTominay operating as a central defender backfired at West Ham.

Staff at Old Trafford are increasingly convinced it is a case of when, not if, Mourinho is sacked and it is thought Zinedine Zidane, who is a free agent after leaving Real Madrid in May, believes he could be offered the job if the Portuguese goes. It just wasn't good enough from us today.

"Hello, hello", he said theatrically, as he walked into the room, smiling as he surveyed his audience, attempting to play down any sense of crisis. It's hard to take and we're sorry to the fans for what they saw today. It's hard to take.

"Today, my blog post is shorter than usual".

"I'm not asking you who did you speak to this morning or your last phone call".

Pogba, hauled off in the second half on Saturday, entered the training pitch with Sergio Romero and warmly greeted Mourinho's coaching staff, having given Nemanja Matic a hug.

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