‘We’re fed up!’: Jose is dragging us down, say Manchester United stars as Mourinho’s black mood continues to cause problems on club’s US tour
- Jose Mourinho’s black mood is bringing down his players on the US tour
- Mourinho’s extraordinary outburst at the weekend continues to have an impact
- Manchester United players are having to tread very carefully around Mourinho
- A source told Sportsmail on Monday night that he is dragging the team down
- Mourinho’s comments about wanting Anthony Martial back caused concern
Mourinho’s extraordinary outburst at the weekend continued to reverberate around the United camp in Miami on Monday.
It is understood that his comments about wanting Anthony Martial back in America following the birth of his baby boy caused particular concern among club officials.
Jose Mourinho’s bad mood is having a negative effect on those who are on the club’s US tour
Players were also said to be treading very carefully around the unhappy United manager. It emerged that one asked for a segment of an interview to be cut so as not to upset Mourinho.
‘Jose’s mood is dragging the whole tour down,’ a source told Sportsmail on Monday night.
‘He’s clearly not happy with Ed Woodward and everyone else is suffering because of it.’ Another claimed that some players are finding his behaviour ‘exhausting’.
United were thrashed 4-1 Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in Michigan on Saturday
Mourinho remarkable press conference following the defeat shone a light on his feelings
Mourinho is unhappy that United executive vice-chairman Woodward has not delivered the two new signings he wants, and made his feelings known following United’s 4-1 defeat by Liverpool in Ann Arbor in Michigan.
Officials were taken aback by his comments on the club’s own television channel MUTV about Martial, who has stayed in France rather than rejoin the tour.
Some players are also said to have been shocked by what Mourinho said about the depleted squad available to him, and the fact he singled out Martial and Antonio Valencia for special criticism.
United officials were taken aback by Mourinho’s comments on the club’s own TV channel
The ferocity of his comments about the tour and Woodward are most likely to bring him into direct conflict with the club’s hierarchy, however, with bookmakers on Monday installing Mourinho as favourite to be the first Premier League manager sacked this season.
The 55-year-old did not hold a press conference ahead of United’s final tour game against his old club Real Madrid in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and it remains to be seen if his tone has softened when he addresses the media after the game in Miami.