After three matches without a victory, the Portuguese has suggested that certain members of his team could do with showing more desire

Jose Mourinho has appeared to take a swipe at his Manchester United players, suggesting that some are not as bothered about the club’s recent struggles than others.

The Red Devils have slipped to the middle of the Premier League standings after seven games played, with a 3-1 loss at West Ham at the weekend the latest result to go against the Portuguese.

In the aftermath of that defeat, critics suggested that certain players – notably Paul Pogba – could be giving more to the cause.

And Mourinho, without mentioning any specific names, has insisted there are certain members of his squad that don’t care as much about their plight than others: “Some care more than others.

“Every player is different, no player is the same. I see different actions but what you see is not really inside.

“I see upset people, some people that don’t look like they lost a game.

“I see so-so but in the little two sessions of training we had [since Saturday] everything was normal, the desire to work and play.”

The former Real Madrid boss also believes it is the responsibility of everyone at the club to transform their poor recent results.

“The performance on the pitch, in my opinion, is the consequence of many factors. Luke Shaw said the players have to give more, and I like that perspective but I don’t agree totally.

“Everyone in the club has a role to play. The kit man, the nutritionist, when we win, we all win, when we lose, we all lose.

“Until someone tells me they were a dishonest player, I will always believe that the players are honest and want to give their best.”

With his future up in the air, he refused to be drawn on speculation that either he has held showdown talks with chairman Ed Woodward or called Zinedine Zidane, with the former Real Madrid boss linked with his job.

“Did I talk to Ed Woodward? That’s a private matter, I’m not asking who you spoke to yesterday. That’s a private matter,” he said, equally rebutting the suggestion that he has had a conversation with the France 1998 World Cup winner.

“Ask the guy behind you, he wrote the story!” he said, replying to the journalist who posed the question about Zidane.

Mourinho confirmed that he will be four players down for the midweek Champions League match against Valencia, with Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young all missing out.

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