Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will be without three first team players for the visit of Newcastle United.
Mourinho has alienated players, fans and staff of United with his divisive approach.
United have made a awful start to the season, their worst in 29 years, with the Reds in tenth place in the Premier League going into this weekend and knocked out of the League Cup by Derby.
United has not won since a Champions League win over Young Boys on September 19th, a run of four matches across all competitions without a win.
The Sky Sports pundit in his prediction for Saturday’s meeting between the two sides, claimed that if Man United could hand pick any team to play this weekend they would choose the Magpies.
“It has to be coming from the top”.
But he added: “I’m sick of him moaning about what he hasn’t got when I think he really should be concentrating on what he has got. You have to look at not the manager but the people who are bringing them in, the people signing the players and sanctioning the deals”. I love that football club.
United, though, have not challenged for a Premier League title under his watch – they finished sixth in that first season, 24 points behind champions Chelsea, and though they were runners-up last term they trailed rivals Manchester City by 19.
During his brief appearance in front of the media ahead of United’s Saturday evening clash with Newcastle, Mourinho accepted his team’s levels have not been good enough but warned they were facing another hard match at Old Trafford. “Take this, which I think is probably the biggest challenge of his career – and show us what a good coach he is”. He would be a wonderful choice, considering the 52-year old has an idea of Manchester United’s history.
“If you want me to repeat (what I said earlier this week), I repeat”.
“I was at the game on Wednesday night against Valencia”.
That was time enough for him to reject suggestions his squad were struggling for confidence. I think of Louis Van Gaal being sacked on the evening of an [FA Cup] final and finding out from other people. “I have no doubts about that”.
Mourinho refused to further explain why United’s season has hit the skids.
‘The way in which the recruitment is handled, the way in which it operates and enough is enough for me. “That is the reason why it was a phenomenal season”.