José Mourinho: Manchester United’s improved defence not just due to defenders

Man Utd Rio Ferdinand

Man Utd Rio Ferdinand

Games against Wolves, West Ham and Newcastle offer a chance to close the gap on early leaders Liverpool and Chelsea but Mourinho has warned his players not to take their good form for granted.

"If you want to win, first of all you have to have a clean sheet and if we do that we have more opportunities to win the match".

I imagine his message to the squad is: look, everyone is against us, let's stick together and do what we have to do.

Pogba's relationship with Mourinho has come under the spotlight recently and it was reported that he told Ed Woodward and his United team-mates that he wanted to leave after signing for a then world-record £89m only two years ago.

The two days in between [games] are hard, the Mourinho said.

The Manchester United boss yesterday laughed off claims some of his title rivals have already run out of steam.

"But when we speak we don't speak about my job or his job".

The Scot has now suggested that Pogba remains too individualistic to be one of the best in the business, with more professional performers such as Milner showing him how things should be done.

With the arrival of Naby Keita and Fabinho during the summer transfer window, many expected Milner to play a limited role this season but he is one of the first names on the team sheet. Having started so well, Nuno Santo's men can view this encounter as a bit of a free hit and I suspect he'll urge them to play with their usual flair and confidence.

To further annoy United fans Souness also said he'd rather play alongside James Milner in midfield, saying, "That's easy".

Despite playing on an artificial pitch, United returned from Switzerland with no fresh injuries, although Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic are both suspended. "It's our idea to put what we do in training sessions in the games so in that sense we're ready for it".

Wolves' points tally of eight from five (just one defeat) and their league position of ninth is more than acceptable for a team adjusting to life in the top-flight and nobody will be expecting them to go to Old Trafford and win.

"There's a player in there, but I don't think he's getting the most out of himself", Souness added.

It is the first competitive meeting between Nuno and Jose Mourinho as managers.

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