Sky Sports pundit: Manchester United players are letting Mourinho down

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Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has suggested that Jose Mourinho is being let down by his Manchester United players.

After a sustained period of big summer spending that included the additions of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Red Devils sit in a disappointing sixth-place in the Premier League table- eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and 11 off top spot Chelsea.

But despite heavy criticism towards Mourinho, Souness has claimed that the talented group of players are making things more difficult for their manager.

He told The Daily Star: “He’s a vastly experienced manager but some of his antics suggest he is just a new guy starting off in the game. He won’t be enjoying that being said about him.

“But in terms of football, I think he is being let down by his players. That group of players should have more points in the bag than they have so far.”

Four months into the season, Mourinho is still regularly chopping and changing his starting eleven in a bid to find consistency, and Souness questioned whether the ex-Chelsea boss knows his best team yet.

“I thought Man United would be flying, but we’re nearly in December and I don’t think Jose knows his strongest XI,” he added.

“He’s still scratching for that and not getting results. What you are looking for as a manager is for players to say, ‘you can’t leave me out’.

“I don’t think Man United players are making that statement. They have a lot to choose from so are making changes to try and get a result and then you find the ones you are playing are not any better than the ones from the previous week.

“I think it’s understandable where he finds himself. Ultimately you are looking for players to be telling you.”

After a 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday, Manchester United are next in action against on Wednesday, when they face the Hammers again in the League Cup Quarter-final first-leg.

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Four months into the season, Mourinho is still regularly chopping and changing his starting eleven in a bid to find consistency, and Souness questioned whether the ex-Chelsea boss knows his best team yet.

“I thought Man United would be flying, but we’re nearly in December and I don’t think Jose knows his strongest XI,” he added.

“He’s still scratching for that and not getting results. What you are looking for as a manager is for players to say, ‘you can’t leave me out’.

“I don’t think Man United players are making that statement. They have a lot to choose from so are making changes to try and get a result and then you find the ones you are playing are not any better than the ones from the previous week.

“I think it’s understandable where he finds himself. Ultimately you are looking for players to be telling you.”

After a 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday, Manchester United are next in action against on Wednesday, when they face the Hammers again in the League Cup Quarter-final first-leg.

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