Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Jose Mourinho questions player mentality but praises 'special' Scott McTominay

Jose Mourinho questions player mentality but praises 'special' Scott McTominay

The Hammers, with only one win in the previous 19 top-flight meetings, were ahead after just five minutes through club-record signing Felipe Anderson's clever back-heeled finish from Pablo Zabaleta's cross - despite both players appearing to be offside.

Jose Mourinho says the training ground spat with Paul Pogba is nothing compared to some of the things that go on at the club's Carrington training ground.

"But what happened the other day happens many days, conversations with players I have many, many, many times".

An own goal where we knew (Andriy) Yarmolenko is very, very left-footed.

He said: "The third goal killed the team mentally, but he [Scott McTominay] was the best, he had a fantastic attitude, he was aggressive, fearless and courageous".

Marko Arnautovic sealed the points after Marcus Rashford briefly gave the visitors hope, meaning more uncomfortable questions await Mourinho, who omitted Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard and captain Antonio Valencia from his matchday squad.

After the match, Mourinho highlighted the performances of some of his key players; waxing lyrical about McTominay after restoring the Scotland International to his starting XI.

"The third goal killed our mentality because the referee did not see the foul before".

Former United defender Ferdinand stopped short of saying Mourinho should go, but did tell BT Sport: "It's hard to say that (it's the end game) but I believe the powers that be have a decision to make. You have to try always and that is my nature as a football professional".

"As a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort", said Ferdinand, now a pundit with BT Sport.

"What the manager is paid to do is be a manager and dictate to these players and make sure he rules from the top".

I didn't see that [against West Ham]. "There has to be something said".

Victory saw West Ham continue to climb the table after starting the season with four straight league defeats under new manager Manuel Pellegrini. It was a great win and we're happy.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday before the players traveled to London, Mourinho said: 'Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that. "I look at my team, whatever the other team is doing is not our stuff".

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