Under pressure Mourinho says linesman, referee, luck cost United against West Ham

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Published on September 29, 2018 - Duration: 03:13s

Under pressure Mourinho says linesman, referee, luck cost United against West Ham

VIDEO SHOWS: JOSE MOURINHO SPEAKING AT POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER MANCHESTER UNITED LOST TO WEST HAM.

STILL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MATCH RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SHOT LIST AND SCRIPT SHOWS:

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Under pressure Mourinho says linesman, referee, luck cost United against West Ham

VIDEO SHOWS: JOSE MOURINHO SPEAKING AT POST MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER MANCHESTER UNITED LOST TO WEST HAM.

STILL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MATCH RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SHOT LIST AND SCRIPT SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 29, 2018) (REUTERS STILLS - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE) 1.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF MANCHESTER UNITED GOALKEEPER DAVID DE GEA WATCHING BALL GO PAST HIM FOR 1-0 WEST HAM 2.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF PAUL POGBA SHRUGGING HIS SHOULDERS 3.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF PAUL POGBA AND JOSE MOURINHO 4.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF POGBA ON BENCH 5.

STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF MARKO ARNAUTOVIC LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 29, 2018) (REUTERS STILLS - ACCESS ALL) 6.

SOUNDBITE (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING: "It is an offside, it is an offside goal.

But no VAR.

Last Tuesday VAR, the goal would be disallowed.

No, VAR the linesman made his mistake and we were punished with that goal and I think that the team felt it, felt it deeply." 7.

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SOUNDBITE (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING: "And then the second goal is our mistake, and come at the worst possible moment which is before half time.

A goal that is hard to accept.

Not because it is an own goal but because (Andriy) Yarmolenko is in the box, we do our homework, we know he is left footed, he plays only to the inside, the inside positions.

He wants to shoot and we have Matic on the ball we have Luke Shaw and (Viktor) Lindelof a couple of yards you have to block you have to press and stop the shot and we didn't so 2-0." 9.

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SOUNDBITE (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO SAYING: "This time was the referee mistake and not the linesman mistake We are not very good in transition and the other team counter attack.

We are not a team who is very good when we lose possession so this time ok it was a foul Zabaletta doesn't see the ball he doesn't go for the ball and only goes for Marcus Rashford.

And Mr Oliver decide in the other way and then we were not good enough ti stop the counter attack and the third goal was just too much, too much for a team who needed more time with the 2-1 to look for the possible second goal." 11.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ENDS STORY: Manchester United's troubled season hit a new low on Saturday as Jose Mourinho saw his gamble on introducing a new tactical system backfire with an insipid 3-1 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League.

After a week in which he had dropped Paul Pogba as vice-captain and seen his men ousted from the League Cup, Mourinho watched United's faint title hopes dwindle further at the London Stadium with a new-look set-up but the same old prosaic fare.

Pogba was so ineffectual that he was substituted after 70 minutes but long before that Mourinho's unfamiliar 3-5-2 line-up had been found wanting as record signing Felipe Anderson scored his first Hammers' goal with an audacious back-foot flick after just five minutes.

Andriy Yarmolenko's shot deflected off Victor Lindelof for an unlucky own goal just before the break but though substitute Marcus Rashford gave the visitors hope with a clever volleyed 71st-minute flick, Marko Arnautovic waltzed between United's central defenders minutes later to seal victory.

Man United's 10 points equals the club's worst return after the first seven matches of any season in the Premier League era, heaping more pressure on Mourinho, whose brand of football seems to be delivering neither points nor pleasure to United's fans.

United also had 10 points at this stage of the 2013-14 season but had a superior goal difference, so this year represents their poorest start in the top flight since 1989-1990.

Mourinho, whose uncomfortable-looking system featured a midfielder, Scott McTominay, playing on the right of a three-man defence, said he had no problems with the players' attitude but did question their quality and "mental fragility".

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