Mourinho and United have lost three consecutive games in a week calling into question where the Special One and his team go from here
Jose Mourinho admits his Manchester United players are feeling the pressure after losing three successive games.
Mourinho claims their confidence has been hit by their defeats to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford, and says they must show character.
“At 10.30 in the morning, we have a training session and we have to be there,” said the United boss.
“They have to work. They have to show themselves with a certain kind of attitude towards negative moments.
“I show them, as an example, Ashley Young who was, in my opinion, phenomenal with his attitude, positivity and determination.
“We need positive people to give us a positive feeling because next time these boys are going onto a football pitch, they are going to feel, obviously as normal human beings, the weight of the defeats.”
Mourinho is facing his first crisis at United and these are the five biggest issues he must address:
1) Wayne Rooney
The England and Manchester United skipper was awful against Watford.
His passing was off and he created nothing. Mourinho should drop him and recall Juan Mata in the playmaker position.
2) Paul Pogba
Pogba has looked anything like the world’s most-expensive player and he has yet to contribute an assist or a goal.
He does not have the excuse of not knowing United or the Premier League and needs a firm boot up the backside.
3) Make his players work harder
Shockingly, United are bottom of the Premier League table for most distance run.
They have covered 526.6km, compared to the top team Liverpool, whose players who have run 581.6km.
4) Get Anthony Martial scoring again
Martial looks a pale shadow of the player who exploded onto the scene last season and has not scored in his seven games.
He was disappointing at Watford and could not even decide if he needed to come off because of an ankle or head injury.
5) Find his best system and stick to it
Mourinho has chopped and changed the spine of his team without finding a winning combination.
They have been off the pace and there is no evidence of how he wants United to play.