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Man Utd: Decision to be made after West Ham defeat - Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United "have big decisions" to make about the future of manager Jose Mourinho, according to former defender Rio Ferdinand, BBC reported.

The Red Devils' 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday made this their worst start to a top-flight season since 1989-90.

It is their third loss in seven league games and follows a home Carabao Cup exit to Championship side Derby.

"There will be conversations at the top level about the future of the manager and the squad," Ferdinand told BT.

"The basics are not being done and something has to be said.

"You can't let a situation like this continue throughout the season - wars in the press, leaks, players on one side of the dressing room, Mourinho and his staff on the other. If that continues this will be one of the worst seasons in the club's history."

West Ham's victory at London Stadium was their biggest over Manchester United in 36 years, achieved through Felipe Anderson's fifth-minute strike, a Victor Lindelof own goal and a simple finish from Marko Arnautovic after questionable defending.

Substitute Marcus Rashford had given the visitors hope when his smart finish from a corner reduced the arrears to 2-1, but former midfielder Paul Scholes said "the fight was just not there".

"That was as bad as you've seen from a United team for a long time," Scholes told BT Sport. "The attitude has been questioned before and it has to be questioned again. The hunger and desire to get amongst people wasn't there.

"At this minute, this club is in a bit of a mess.

"Is this the end for the manager? I don't know. Who's going to get more out of this team? We just know at this moment in time it feels wrong."

Mourinho took the United job in the summer of 2016, and led the team to success in the Europa League and League Cup in his first season.

They were runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League and Chelsea in the FA Cup last season.

No sooner had the final whistle gone at London Stadium than the bookmakers were sending round the inevitable press releases stating Mourinho was the favourite to be the next manager to leave his job.

The reality is if that scenario unfolds, it would fly in the face of the Glazer family's ownership of Manchester United.

While the reclusive American family, who never talk to the media about United, can be accused of many things, being knee-jerk is not one of them.

In the immediate aftermath of their takeover in 2005, Sir Alex Ferguson was in the process of trying to rebuild his team, which had fallen well behind Chelsea and Arsenal. The Glazers stuck with him.

David Moyes' tenure was not brought to an end until United knew it was mathematically impossible to qualify for the Champions League, despite numerous awful results and even a plane flying over Old Trafford trailing a banner that demanded his exit.

When rumours circulated around Christmas 2015 that Louis van Gaal was about to be sacked, they proved to be false. It was only at the end of the season when, once again, United had not finished in the top four, that he was removed.

I was told earlier this week results would be the criterion Mourinho would be judged on. As bad as the defeat at West Ham was, I didn't get the impression we were talking about one.

Alexis Sanchez's failure to score so far this season meant he did not even make the squad at London Stadium, with Anthony Martial replacing him in attack.

Midfielder Paul Pogba - who was told in midweek he would not captain the team again following his comments that his side need to "attack, attack, attack" at home, and was then involved in an apparent training-ground dispute with Mourinho - was replaced on 70 minutes after an ineffective display.

But it was in defence where there were most post-match questions.

Midfielder Scott McTominay, 21, started as part of a three-man backline, prompting Scholes to question whether it is the quality of the players at Mourinho's disposal - not just the manager himself - to blame for their poor run of results.

"I wonder if the quality is there," said Scholes. "That back four that finished the game - Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, McTominay, Luke Shaw - isn't one that will get you anywhere near the top of the league."

Ferdinand, winner of six Premier League titles and the Champions League with the club between 2002 and 2014, agreed but also questioned the players' attitude.

"There is a lack of quality," he said. "I'd question whether the players who have been brought in are good enough. But on top of that you have to get the players playing. I don't see anyone shouting down people's throats. There's no intent to make life difficult for other players.

"As a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort. I didn't see that today. I didn't see them make two or three passes in succession - that's criminal. I don't see enough players working hard to say to the manager 'this is my place in the team'. You've got to work hard and grind and Man Utd didn't."

Culled from BBC

My view: Manchester United players are to blame for the disastrous performance at West Ham, I don't get how they can earn thousands weekly and yet perform very badly, especially their defence, the players are not consistent. If they want to fire Mourinho the club should do so and get someone else before they drop to the bottom of the Premier League table. Pogba is becoming too big headed for the club, Sir Alex was right when he sold him and he's a complete ingrate for being disrespectful to Mourinho, if not for him Pogba would still be at Juventus earning £23,000-a-week, he earns over £290,000 and not doing what the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are doing consistently. I think it's time other clubs in Europe take a page from Serie A (Italian football League pay structure) and stop paying footballers the insane amount they're being paid for running round the pitch. Pogba didn't win the world cup for France on his own, it was a team effort. The next manager for Man-U should put Paul Pogba in his place, just sell the ingrate, the club will not crumble for doing so, he was ineffective during the game. The hunger, desire and fight to win is just not there with this Manchester United team.

Who is at fault - manager or players or both?

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