Mourinho - United have 'desire to win, fear to lose'

Oct 03, 2018, 02:25

United sit 10th in the Premier League, nine points behind pacesetters Manchester City and Liverpool.

United now face a must-win game against Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Already nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool after three defeats in seven league games, Mourinho was hoping for a reaction from Saturday's terrible display in losing 3-1 to West Ham United.

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After the game, United's players were criticised for a lack of effort and attitude.

None of those attacking highlights could be regarded as chances, though, and perhaps the best opening of the first half fell to Valencia in the 12th minute when David de Gea comfortably collected Goncalo Guedes's strike from inside the box.

United take on Valencia today, with the manager wanting to take a positive result away from the match.

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They have a 100 per cent record in Ligue 1 and are scoring at a rate of over three goals per game. I was delighted to get an assist and it was a great header by Studge to set us on our way.

Kick-off was delayed by five minutes as United were held up by traffic that meant Mourinho's men didn't arrive at the stadium until less than 45 minutes ahead of the planned 8pm (1900GMT) start time.

On Tuesday night, Scholes used his pundit role during BT Sport's build-up for the Champions League encounter at Old Trafford match to launch another tirade at the under-fire United manager.

Paul Pogba keeps his place in the side, with Marcus Rashford also coming into the team.

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