Jose Mourinho sends message to Man United supporters ahead of Valencia clash

The Man United manager needs a result against Valencia to relieve the enormous amounts of scrutiny he is currently coming under

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Tag Heuer

Jose Mourinho has insisted he is delighted to have the Champions League game with Valencia on Tuesday to focus on.

Manchester United went down 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday in what is their joint-worst ever start to a Premier League season.

However, Mourinho is looking forward to Tuesday’s game as an opportunity to right some of the wrongs that have occurred so far this campaign.

“For myself, speaking of my own feelings, I am really happy that we have a game on Tuesday,” Mourinho told Man United’s website.

“I am really happy that I now go to the train and I start immediately thinking about training tomorrow and about the match on Tuesday.

“I prefer that to only playing next Saturday, with one week of these bad feelings.

“I look forward to that match on Tuesday and I hope the majority of the players have this same kind of mentality, and that they are looking forward to Tuesday.”

Man United’s 10 points from their opening seven league games represents their worst start to the season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

However, what is more worrying for United fans is the apparent deterioration in the relationship between Mourinho and his players.

It is hard to pinpoint where the issues started and to what degree they are sensationalised, but given Mourinho’s past man-management issues, it is hard for anyone to see anything other than the abrasive man we have gotten used to.

Man United’s best performance of the season came in their opening Champions League fixture after a 3-0 away win on the artificial pitch of Switzerland’s Young Boys.

Mourinho will be glad of another break from their woeful league campaign.

A win would put Man United in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages and relieve pressure on Mourinho but the ramifications of defeat could be his end.

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