Antonio Valencia 'barely speaking' with Jose Mourinho, atmosphere compared to morgue

Antonio Valencia 'barely speaking' with Jose Mourinho, atmosphere compared to morgue

Jamie Carragher has revealed that Jose Mourinho has repeated a mistake at Manchester United that he had insisted he would not repeat after his sacking as Chelsea manager in 2015.

Manchester United will be looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat in all competitions when they welcome Valencia to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

"We need to play the ideal match to win", Marcelino continued but added some words of caution about the task ahead.

We saw him fall-out with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at Chelsea, with the whole team downing tools and eventually leaving the Chelsea hierarchy with no option other than to hand Mourinho a huge pay-off.

Manchester United lost the game 3-1 at London Stadium after another poor showing.

"But it looks as if he has gone back to that or is still doing that at Manchester United". This being Mourinho, you could offer half a dozen different interpretations and they may all be right.

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The Red Devils ended up in second spot in the Premier League table last term after Manchester United ended 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Speaking on BT Sport, he said: 'I'm in football for more than two decades and I've never believed, maybe I'm naive, maybe I am naive, but I never believed in a divided dressing room because I never believed in a player who goes to the pitch and doesn't want to win'. "Sometimes it can help but most important is on the pitch".

Mourinho is reportedly on the verge of losing his job at Old Trafford after a subdued start to the 2018/19 season and several fallouts with prominent first-team stars. It was wake up and words that he's said before: we need to be moving, we need to concentrate more, we need to want the ball, we need to be playing. We play football but everyone is trying to win, especially against Manchester United.

Jose will be hoping that the midweek game against Valencia can give him some respite from domestic woes.

The Portuguese heads into Tuesday's Champions League clash with Valencia on the back of a winless three-match run - with a penalty shootout defeat to Derby County in the Carabao Cup sandwiched between a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and a 3-1 reversal at West Ham.

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