Mourinho picks Pogba but warns 'no player bigger than United'

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Manchester United are not in the process of lining up Zinedine Zidane as their next manager despite mounting pressure on current boss Jose Mourinho, sources have told ESPN FC.

The result caps a hard seven days for the Red Devils who drew at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday and were dumped out of the EFL Cup in midweek.

His arrival has nudged others down the pecking order, with France global Martial among those to have seen their game time limited.

And unlike in recent times when Mourinho has been criticised for his negative outlook, he backed his side to beat a West Ham side on the up having won at Everton and held Chelsea in their last two league outings.

Anthony Martial's relationship with Mourinho hit an all-time low during the summer, when Pogba's fellow France worldwide was fined for reputedly leaving the club's pre-season American tour without permission to attend the birth of his baby son, something the player is understood to dispute.

The club now sit in 10 place, nine points adrift of the Premier League leaders, while Mourinho's relationship with his players is reaching breaking point.

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"I left Alexis out, and I think Martial is not a player very focused on his defensive duties so to play him as second striker would be easier for him".

Mourinho threw on Rashford shortly before the hour-mark and went close to pulling a goal back when Marouane Fellaini, operating in forward role, powered a header downward only to see Lukasz Fabianski pull off a fine stop. "I can have complaints with quality and mental approach". Zabaleta doesn't see the ball.

"You need that humility. You have to try always and that is my nature as a football professional".

It seems Mourinho is trying to make a point about Pogba but the manager is asking him play in a team that is rudderless.

"No VAR and obviously a linesman [makes a] mistake and a goal".

But Martial was hauled off with 20 minutes remaining, along with Paul Pogba, as Felipe Anderson's early strike, a Victor Lindelof own-goal and Marko Arnautovic's finish left United empty-handed. "We are not aggressive enough to stop that shot and we are losing 2-0".

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