Jose Mourinho has a warning for United’s big stars

Published by on October 20, 2016

For all the money Manchester United splashed out this summer, it’s fair to say something has not yet clicked under Jose Mourinho.

League defeats to Manchester City and Watford were the low point of his Old Trafford career so far, but Monday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool will also have given United fans cause for concern, given the cautious manner with which they approached the game.

It all looked to be going so well for United early on in the season, but unsurprisingly with so many new signings in place, it looks like Mourinho is still not 100% on his first XI.

The main selection dilemmas lie in the midfield, but the Portuguese insists no-one is safe from the axe.

That even includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has embarked on something of a goal drought after such a bright start to life in the Premier League.

Mourinho has warned big stars like Ibra and Paul Pogba that unlike in his Chelsea side when he first won the Premier League, no player is guaranteed a first-team place.

“No. That was 11 years ago [when Mourinho said some Chelsea players were untouchable], different Premier League, different situation,” he said, as per the Mirror.

 

“[Chelsea were] the best team by far, that’s a different story.

“Nobody is untouchable now. Untouchable in our team I think has to be the spirit, the commitment, the pride, the commitment to the club, the respect to the fans. That has to be untouchable, but not players.”

Sunday afternoon will see Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since being sacked by Chelsea in December, and while he will be desperate for three points on a personal level, it’s also vital that United start making up some ground on the top four before it’s too late.