Mourinho blames police for United bus delay

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It was a damning assessment of the current state of affairs at Old Trafford and only serves to heighten the speculation at the club with Jose Mourinho clearly walking on thin ice during his third season with the club.

It was a curious reaction following Manchester United's lacklustre performance against Valencia in the second round of Champions League fixtures.

"We knew that we wouldn't create 20 chances". Our attacking players are not in their best moment of confidence and individual performance level, so we thought with three or four chances we would score and win the game, which we didn't. "I was not pleased with the result, but it is not a bad result".

"The players, they tried, they raised the level of their effort, they raised the level of their intensity".

"We tried to play but in some crucial positions in the building up phase we don't have the technical quality to build from the back".

Mourinho must now galvanise his squad for a home clash against Newcastle on Saturday, which is a must-win game for the 13-time Premier League champions if they are to re-invigorate any sort of title challenge.

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He is the manager and it is down to him to get the players to do exactly what he wants them to do on the pitch.

Mourinho has endured a hard week, failing to win at home for the fourth match in a row, losing away to West Ham and getting knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Championship side Derby County.

"I think his mouth is probably out of control and I think he is embarrassing the club". "I am not interested in that, I don't need to know what Paul Scholes said", Mourinho said.

However, Mourinho was particularly curt when asked to address Scholes' comments following Tuesday's result.

After executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward denied Mourinho the chance to sign a centre-back over the summer, the United boss has continued to criticise his lack of depth at the back in nearly every press conference.