Manuel Pellegrini insists West Ham United's owners always had his back

Manuel Pellegrini insists West Ham United's owners always had his back

With tempers frayed and results on the slide, Juan Mata has provided perhaps the most true harbinger of Manchester United's current malaise: the cancellation of his weekly blog post.

Manchester United's misfiring players need to take responsibility for a "horrendous" display against West Ham that leaves them languishing in 10th place in the Premier League, defender Luke Shaw said.

The Portuguese heads into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Valencia on the back of a winless three-match run - with a penalty shootout defeat to Derby County in the Carabao Cup sandwiched between a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and a 3-1 reversal at West Ham.

According to The Sun, Mourinho now has just a week to show the United hierarchy that he is the right man for the job.

Mourinho redirected the question from a Spanish reporter to the journalist that wrote the story, joking at a packed press conference that he had "put a bug on my telephone".

"People can blame up top, they can blame Jose but at the end of the day you have to look at the person who is actually failing the ship and that is Jose Mourinho". "I see different actions, but what you see is not really inside".

"I think some care more than others", Mourinho said.

"For me, I played one of the worst games since I signed for Man United".

This latest reverse added to the pressure on under-fire coach Mourinho. "I'm not asking you, "Who did you speak to yesterday or this morning", or your last phone call". I think everything is there in front of them already to know that this isn't going to be a long-term relationship anymore.

Zidane was anxious that Mourinho believed that he was orchestrating a move to replace him in the dugout at United.

Fred looks like a tidy player as well, but it's too early to say whether he'll be a hit and the fact he's not consistently started under Mourinho suggests that the Brazilian's not quite up adjusted to life in the Premier League. "No excuses. As players we weren't good enough".

"The performance on the pitch, in my opinion, is the outcome of many factors - of many factors".

Luke Shaw stepping up with Roy Keane (circa 2005) comments.

"Until somebody that was a big professional player says "I was a dishonest player", I will always believe the players are honest players and want to give their best".

"I like that perspective, but I don't agree totally".

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