Antonio Valencia speaks out after fresh spat with Jose Mourinho

Sherman Parsons
October 3, 2018

Working for BT Sport for the City Hoffenheim game this evening, Pablo Zabaleta was in the ideal position to give his take on Jose Mourinho's team as a former Man City legend and a key part of the West Ham team which brushed aside United in such emphatic fashion. I disagree with Luke Shaw's comments and don't truly believe that was everything he wanted to say.

Jose Mourinho has suggested Manchester United lost their "dignity" in the dire defeat to West Ham while demanding his players play for the club and not themselves. I said in pre-season last season was phenomenal to finish second.

"This wasn't a bad result or a good result", Mourinho told BT Sport.

The poor start to the 2018/19 campaign comes in Mourinho's third season at Manchester United, a period where the Portuguese has achieved somewhat infamy in falling out with his club.

There was measurably more effort exerted from Jose Mourinho's men as they seemed hungry for goals throughout the encounter but seemed unable to actualise it. We knew we wouldn't create 20 chances.

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"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".

"We knew that our attacking players aren't in the best individual form and confidence".

'We played an important game and got a point, now we have a game against Newcastle and we need to fight. "He said what he wants to say, I'm not interested, honestly, I'm not interested".

Paul Pogba of Manchester United in action with Carlos Soler of Valencia during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on October 2.

And Mourinho levelled the blame squarely at the feet of local police for causing unnecessary problems for United in the build-up to the match.

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