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José Mourinho insists he still has the support of the players at Manchester United, though he pointedly added that "some care more than others" about recent results and the poor form that has put the manager's job at risk.

Mourinho, speaking ahead of United's Champions League clash with Valencia on Tuesday, refused to answer whether he had spoken to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following the defeat to West Ham.

United's 10 points from seven games is the same as in 2013-14 under David Moyes, but an inferior goal difference means this is their worst top-flight start since they picked up seven points in 1989-90.

In addition to the problems on the pitch, Mourinho confirmed last week that Paul Pogba would not captain the side again after he had implicitly criticised the manager by urging the team to attack more.

In a post entitled "It is not the time for posts", the Spanish forward duly explained that he was eschewing his usual missive until things return to an even keel at United.

"I don't think [Luke] Shaw is a Man United player". It's hard to take.

Mourinho blamed the officials for West Ham's first and third goals, saying the opener should have been flagged offside and the move that led to the Arnautovic goal included a foul on Rashford.

"What I was sure about was that the owners knew what I was doing and I had no doubt it was the correct way and the players didn't have any doubt also and that's so important", he said.

"When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have", said the Frenchman.

"That's not good enough". I look in the mirror and I want to see where I made mistakes and where I can do better.

That the Chilean was deemed not good enough to make Jose Mourinho's 18-man squad for such a shambolic display at the London Stadium speaks volumes for Sanchez's slide since joining United in January. "I see different actions, but what you see is not really inside".

Pogba, hauled off in the second half on Saturday, entered the training pitch with Sergio Romero and warmly greeted Mourinho's coaching staff, having given Nemanja Matic a hug.

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