Defiant Jose Mourinho defends record after Man United slump

Mauricio Pochettino the manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford

Mauricio Pochettino the manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford

I'm not going to sit here and tell Jose Mourinho how to be the manager of a football club.

Press Association Sport, however, understands that Mourinho is fully on board with United's desire to keep Martial and talks between the club and his agent Philippe Lamboley are progressing.

United are already six points behind early Premier League leaders Liverpool and four points behind City, but Guardiola refused to rule United out of the title race.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has no doubt his old rival Jose Mourinho is a "top" manager and that Manchester United "remain a great team".

Jose Mourinho cited philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel in his latest freaky news conference appearance.

"Did you read any philosophers?" he asked reporters. "Did you never spend time reading the [German] philosopher Hegel?"

Asked if he would still be a great manager if he did not win the title with United - who have won the English top flight 20 times, including 13 Premier Leagues - the Portuguese replied: "Of course".

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"Only the players know exactly who we are and normally even with the players we are judged, if they play we are good, if he doesn't play the manager is not good".

The Manchester United manager appears to be feeling the pressure after Monday's 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham. The loss to Tottenham was the team's biggest home defeat in Mourinho's managerial career.

"People forget that. In this job you get questioned for what is happening now - people soon forget your history and what you've done".

Shaw has not only won his place back in the United team but also been selected by England manager Gareth Southgate for the forthcoming internationals with Spain and Switzerland. I analyse my performance, myself and for me is more important what I think than what you think.

It was the third European final the German had failed to win, having previously lost in 2013 to Bayern Munich when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund and the Europa League with the Reds in 2016 - when Sevilla defeated them.

He continued: "I had great success last season and that's probably what you don't want to admit".

Burnley, though, have yet to find anything near the form they showed last season, when they finished seventh in the league and earned an unlikely qualification into the Europa League. That said, you strongly sense that Martial has only agreed to sign on the dotted line because he feels the current manager's days are numbered.

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