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Jose Mourinho says he "doesn't like" current Manchester United team after West Ham defeat

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Jose Mourinho has criticised Manchester United for their performance in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men scored either side of half-time to seal a comfortable victory for the hosts at the London Stadium.

United (opens in new tab) were poor throughout the game and have now won only two of their opening six Premier League matches this season.

The Red Devils could fall 10 points behind league leaders Liverpool (opens in new tab) if Jurgen Klopp’s charges beat Chelsea (opens in new tab) in Sunday’s late kick-off.

They are already closer to the bottom of the table – six points separate United from 20th-placed Watford (opens in new tab) – than the top.

And Mourinho, who was replaced as the club’s manager by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last December, believes there were no positives for his successor to take from the display in east London.

“We were bad last season, but I don’t see any improvements this season,” he told Sky Sports (opens in new tab).

“I like the three [new signings – Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire], they bring some good quality to the team. The team as a team, I don’t like at all. I’m not surprised by the result.

“At this moment I think United is missing everything. It looks to me a set game, a game of let’s see what is going to happen.

“Going back to Roy [Keane]’s comments [on United not pressing the ball] which I have to agree totally with, sometimes players are a bit confused and it’s difficult for them to understand.

"I always think that when a block is low and compact, like United was, they had eight players in the area.

“You are in a great condition to press the ball because you have lots of people close to each other. Since the position of Andreas Pereira, close to the man with the ball, there’s no pressing. Then [Nemanja] Matic, no pressing, then movement in the space and nobody goes.

“[Andriy] Yarmolenko is in the box surrounded by centre-backs and nobody even tries to go to block the shot so I think positionally we can say the low block was correct but the idea of the low block was completely wrong.”


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).