Rodrigo wary of wounded beast as Valencia prepare for Manchester United clash

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Perhaps more damaging still are the suggestions that United's present lethargy - statistics showed they made fewer sprints at West Ham than any other team in the Premier League last weekend - might be a deliberate attempt to undermine the manager's position.

José Mourinho defended his decision to play Anthony Martial instead of Alexis Sánchez after a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday condemned Manchester United to a third defeat in seven Premier League games - their worst start to a domestic campaign in almost 30 years.

Mourinho, speaking ahead of United's Champions League clash with Valencia on Tuesday, refused to answer whether he had spoken to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following the defeat to West Ham.

On United's plight this season, Mourinho added: "I think that some [players] care more than others".

"After 20 years of football, I'm still the kid I was".

"What I was sure about was that the owners knew what I was doing and I had no doubt it was the correct way and the players didn't have any doubt also and that's so important", he said.

Jose Mourinho is convinced that Zinedine Zidane has been approached to replace him at Old Trafford, it is reported.

When asked about the story, Mourinho turned the tables on the journalist who wrote the story by telling reporters to ask him whether the story was true and joked his phone had been bugged.

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The Frenchman left Real Madrid at the end of the 2017/18 campaign after winning nine titles - including three successive UEFA Champions League titles - in just two and a half years at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Matic did not deny that the United players had been talking about the situation - with Luke Shaw setting the tone with his admittance that the ones on the pitch needed "to look at ourselves" rather than looking to the manager for guidance - but the midfielder would prefer action to words, and preferably in the next match.

'We'll win if we play well, ' he said.

"I like that perspective, but I don't agree totally. No excuses. As players we weren't good enough".

"When we lose, the responsibility is the responsibility of everyone".

"What I can do to improve things I do, and I will improve the things that depend on me and my work", Mourinho said.

Sanchez is also said to have made it clear to staff at United how angry and upset he was at his exclusion, although with no goals this season, he can hardly complain too much.

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