Mind games begin as Jose Mourinho takes dig at Arsenal's unbeaten run

Doug Mendoza
December 5, 2018

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho dismissed suggestions his team were not behind him, saying only "dishonest" players based their performance on whether they liked the boss.

Chris Smalling missed the Saints game with a foot injury, while Luke Shaw picked up a knock in that match and had to hobble off.

"I think far from a miracle, we just need to not be so unlucky with problems that we have, we need some players to perform better, and we need the team to perform better but far from a miracle".

The Red Devils are in dismal form right now, having drawn back-to-back league games against struggling duo Crystal Palace and Southampton after losing 3-1 in the Manchester derby.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the two managers ahead of the clash at Old Trafford. "And this year with more problems that we have had, it proves what I said at the beginning of the season, that it would be a very hard season". "I don't play the game of the suggest".

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"Last year, we said that getting into second place was a fantastic thing due to the qualities we had compared to the qualities of the other teams fighting for the top four", Mourinho told Brazilian outlet RedeTV after the 2-2 draw at St Mary's on Saturday evening.

In comparison, Liverpool spent £167m, Chelsea £128m, Arsenal £68m and Manchester City £63m while Tottenham did not sign a single new player.

"If a player doesn't do that, one thing is to perform well and not so well, another thing is to be a football professional".

Mourinho's supposed comments came after the Portuguese said the way United players are now performing is all down to their character, not his tactics. "You have to analyse a player by 'is he performing, yes or no?' You shouldn't go in that direction because you are calling the players dishonest".

According to the Daily Record, United's manager said: "You don't play. I don't believe in that", he stated.

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