Jose Mourinho demands more 'respect' after humbling defeat


Mourinho had made it clear during the off-season that he wanted to sign at least one new centre-half and the performances of the five he has employed this season have amply showed he was right.

Mourinho, 55, has come under fire in recent weeks, not only for his team's mediocre start to the season - including a 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on August 19 - but also for a number of reported fallouts with the club hierarchy and key players.

In such strained times, Mourinho might also be missing Rui Faria, who left United at the end of last season after spending 17 years as Mourinho's No. 2.

United were crushed at Old Trafford. "You can see it. Jose Mourinho looks unhappy when this should be a dream job for him", Redknapp told Sky Sports. Monday's result-preceded by an uninspiring 3-2 loss to newly promoted Brighton-further stoked speculation that Mourinho could be removed from his post as the Red Devils' manager.

With just three games played, United already find themselves six points behind Liverpool and local rivals Manchester City.

Perhaps the performance for the media was meant to show his defiance in the face of two defeats from the opening three games of the season.

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"I think the writing was on the wall as soon as the board did not give him the funds at the start of the year". Nothing improved after that and they lost their next two games as well as the Community Shield, which led to the coach leaving in December with the club in 14th place.

"As a supporter myself I get behind the team and I get behind the manager". However, during recent weeks there have been several quotes that hint at a broken relationship with some of his players. He even predicted this would happen in one of his gloomy preseason statements, when he said "it will be a hard season for us" if he didn't get any defensive reinforcements (which he didn't).

"But we've got to get points and tonight's result wasn't good enough". "We have crated many opportunities, as in most of our matches, so I feel frustrated", Mourinho said.

It ratchets up the pressure on the United boss and his team ahead of Sunday's trip to Burnley, where left-back Shaw knows a response is needed.

Kane is unfazed by Spurs having bought no one in the summer. You start winning one or two games and the confidence levels rise and you put a run together. Now, only the Belgian has managed to score as they lack effectiveness in the final third.