Three Manchester United players who don't deserve blame for West Ham loss

Hazard Pogba

One has to wonder just how much longer Jose Mourinho has left as manager of Manchester United.

Manchester United's dire week ended in a damaging 1-3 defeat at the hands of West Ham on Saturday as Jose Mourinho failed to arrest a growing sense of crisis surrounding the club.

However, sources close to the club told ESPN FC dismissed talk of an approach to Zidane, who is available after leaving the Bernabeu in the summer, as "nonsense".

United head to the London Stadium in urgent need of a pick-me-up as they lie seventh in the league, already eight points off the pace being set by leaders Liverpool and questions growing about Mourinho's ability to inspire his prosaic-looking side.

This is now United's worst start to a league season in the Premier League era. I didn't see that [against West Ham].

Replays did indeed suggest that Pablo Zabaleta, who supplied the cross for Anderson, was offside.

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Meanwhile, just the one change for West Ham with Marko Arnautovic coming in for Michail Antonio. Mark Noble rolled back the years and overall the West Ham players supported each other in numbers - the complete opposite to United.

Some players, including Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young tend to keep their distance and Romelu Lukaku, while still friendly with the Frenchman, has been keen to ensure he is not seen to be taking sides against Mourinho. United lacked ideas, looked confused defensively and once again fell woefully short of expectations. United conceded three goals for the third time this season - having not done so at all last term - while the loss of three league games in seven and a total of 10 points is the same as David Moyes managed at the start of his ill-fated reign in 2013-14.

Moments after Pogba had left the field United halved the deficit, this time Rashford with the clever flick at the near post.

And they were 2-0 down before half-time when Andriy Yarmalenko's shot from inside the box deflected off Victor Lindelof for an own-goal.

The United boss played down a tense exchange between himself and Pogba at the training ground on Wednesday, accusing the media of making a big deal out of nothing.

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