Jose Mourinho searches for answers as he hangs onto Manchester United job… for now

Mourinho took training this morning as he looks to sort out the Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez situations.

The Portuguese will face the media today ahead of the Champions League clash with Valencia, in what could be make or break for the Manchester United boss.

United are 10th in the Premier League with three defeats from seven games with Jose Mourinho having overseen their worst start to a season since 1989.

Mourinho will be asked about Sanchez – United’s highest paid player – being left out of the match squad to face West Ham in the 3-1 defeat.

And about Pogba, who was subbed after 70 minutes after another anonymous performance.

United are in a mess on and off the field with Mourinho’s future now in doubt after another abject display.

Reports have circulated since Saturday suggesting this could be his last week in the job with Zinedine Zidane primed to take over.

United face Valencia and then Newcastle before the international break, when they will have 14 days before facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

On Saturday he praised Scott McTominay, who was used as a third central defender, but admitted a number of his players didn’t have the right mentality.

“Not all of them,” Mourinho said.

“But every player is a different player, is a different person, like you you are not the same, you are different people, you have a different personality from your fellow on the left and your fellow on the right, football players are the same.

“Scott McTominay is a kid with a special character, he’s very young but he’s aggressive in the right positive way, he’s brave, so he’s a special kid.”

Mourinho’s decision to play McTominay in the unusual role baffled the players, according to the Manchester Evening News, after their poor form made the match a must win.

After the previous draw with Wolves Pogba had urged the club to play in a more attacking style, only for Mourinho to put them team out to stop a struggling West Ham.

And speaking around the game Rio Ferdinand hinted the players were unhappy with the situation.

“I think there are some big decisions to be made at Manchester United now,” he said on BT Sport.

“I think from the hierarchy, from the people who run the club, the likes of Ed Woodward, I’m sure there are going to be conversations at that level about where they go from here.

“At the moment there doesn’t seem to be that togetherness within that changing room.

“The manager, the squad, how they’re going to take this club forward. There has to be improvements.”

He added: “I believe that the powers that be at this football club have a decision to make.

“I think you can’t let a situation like this just continue through the season.

“Things leaking out in the press, little wars going on in the changing rooms that’s creeping out and everyone’s finding out about it.

“Players maybe on one side of the dressing room and Mourinho and his staff on the other.

“It can’t be like that. If that continues, it will be one of the worst seasons in the history of the club.

“So someone’s got to make a decision right now, bang – this is what happens.

“It’s either someone goes, something has got to give.”

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