Manchester United v Valencia

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The Black Country outfit have enjoyed a cracking start to the campaign under the tutorship of Mourinho's fellow countryman Nuno Santo, who has led his troops to an impressive 12 points from seven games, suffering only one defeat in the process.

Only seven games in and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has equalled his Premier League goal tally from last season - two.

It won't be enough to cover up the poor start to the season, but it would bring the smiles back, give some perspective and rebuild confidence.

Neville believes the board panicked in sacking Moyes after less than a year and must back Mourinho now.


"I have no doubt from his comments today in the press conference when he said some players are trying harder than others that he's lost the dressing room". Will Dejan Lovren remain happy being out of the side?

A defeat at home to Valencia tomorrow night would plunge Mourinho even deeper into the mire and could even cost him his job at Old Trafford.

"After 20 years of football, I am still the kid that I was 20 years ago and I am still naïve, but I still don't believe that a player is not honest. He's really better than I thought before".

"Some care more than others", he said.


And, though Mourinho says losing is not a problem, he says he will not accept players that aren't giving their all.

"At the end of the day the best scorers are Hazard and Pedro, but with the quality of players we have on the pitch, it's (the lack of goals from elsewhere) not too good".

"I'm not asking you who did you speak with this morning, who was your last phone call, that's a private matter".

Sturridge's last England appearance came nearly one year ago but after finding some form in recent weeks, Southgate must seriously be considering bringing him back into the global setup. I prefer that to only playing next Saturday, with one week of these bad feelings. So Liverpool's first four are stronger, but City have greater strength in depth. I think be patient but maybe it is belief, maybe it is form.


At Manchester United, you can criticise the team on Jose Mourinho's terms.

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