"But he says, "We players are on the pitch, it's about us, we have to perform, we have to give more".
José Mourinho defended his decision to play Anthony Martial instead of Alexis Sánchez after a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday condemned Manchester United to a third defeat in seven Premier League games - their worst start to a domestic campaign in almost 30 years.
Throughout the previous year the two-time Clarets promotion victor has been linked with a number of over Premier League clubs, although back in January he signed a new contract at Turf Moor to 2022, and with his troops only three points and two places behind United in the table he may well tell the Manchester club where to go if they did come calling!
United have only won one of their four matches in all competitions at Old Trafford this season - and the last time the ground hosted a Champions League game, Jose Mourinho's side were knocked out by Sevilla at the last-16 stage. The conclusion being drawn is that what happened to Mourinho in his final season at Chelsea is happening all over again in Manchester, though that could be an oversimplistic analysis. So the proof should be in the pudding. "I don't believe any player goes onto the pitch and doesn't try".
Mourinho also defended his players from accusations of not trying hard enough, but believes some are taking a slump in form more to heart than others. "If I looked in the mirror it was to tell myself I could do better. I see upset people, some people that don't look like they lost a game". It is never easy when you lose games, especially when you are at a big club where everyone expects you to win.
"Pressure is always there", he added.
Sportsmail revealed last week that several players - including Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Andreas Pereira - have sided with Pogba against Mourinho as the divisions in the United camp continue to grow. "I see different actions but what you see is not really inside". But, should Man Utd terminate his contract, then who on earth would replace him in the Old Trafford hot seat? Whether it's Jose Mourinho, Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, any of the other players or the fans it's hardly a riot right now. "It causes problem in the dressing room".