Jose 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.
United go into their Champions League game with Valencia on Tuesday on the back of successive defeats by Derby and West Ham, and though Mourinho would not reveal whether he has had conversations with the executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, on the subject he does not believe his days in Manchester are numbered.
“I don’t think that,” he said. “What I can do to improve things I do, and I will improve the things at the club that depend on me and my work, but it’s a collective thing. The reason why we don’t win games is the responsibility of everybody. The performance on the pitch is a consequence of many factors and we all have to improve.”
The full-back Luke Shaw said as much after the damaging defeat at the London Stadium on Saturday, and rather than criticising the player for his verdict of “horrendous” on the performance Mourinho said he felt the same way.
“What Luke Shaw said is something I agree with but not totally because I am part of it too,” Mourinho said. “He said: ‘We players on the pitch have to perform, we have to give more,’ and I like that perspective but it’s not the whole story. It’s all of us. Everybody in the club has a role to play, from the kit man and the nutritionist to the manager. Everyone has a job to do and when we lose everyone should take responsibility.”
Mourinho would not name names, though when asked whether his players care enough about playing for him and for United his response was: “I think some care more than others.”