Manchester United title hopes doomed by defence, Jose Mourinho not backed

Paul Pogba: No problems with France star, says Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho

Mourinho: I don't care about Pogba comments

On the hour, Rashford's risky header across goal was well dealt with by Duffy before Mourinho made his final change, Marouane Fellaini coming on for Martial as United finally began to put some pressure on their hosts.

Brighton piled the misery on the Red Devils with a 3-2 win against Mourinho's side at The AMEX Stadium on Sunday. It takes rote learning on the training ground to create the passing angles that provide the illusion of creativity, something Mourinho has famously never done. It's obvious that he does and the club should support him in that because you can't withdraw part way through a process.

'If it cost £120m to bring them in, then that's what you have to do. "The attitude we had was not like we wanted to beat them, they had more hunger than us".

Mourinho was critical of United's transfer dealings in the transfer market this summer and exasperated, in particular, by the failure to sign another centre-half, but the club's power-brokers did not share the manager's enthusiasm for some targets. Moyes was sacked in the middle of the season, LvG was sacked after winning the FA Cup, Mourinho isn't a typical United manager.

The 34-year-old, who was playing in the lower leagues up until his Premier League debut with Crystal Palace in 2013, scored 12 league goals last term as Brighton secured a 15th-place Premier League finish following their promotion.

In a video posted on his Instagram page, Berbatov said: "Obviously we're all disappointed and I didn't expect that result to be honest".

Paul Pogba: No problems with France star, says Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho

The sense of gloom is shared by staff at the club, some of whom have been left exhausted by Mourinho's generally dour demeanour and frequent mood swings, and long for a more upbeat attitude. Should they fail to win either of these two matches then games against Watford, Wolves, and West Ham could be very hard indeed. Brighton had settled into the match and started to dictate terms.

But there was little reaction after the break until Pogba´s penalty as United fell three points behind defending champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham just two games into the new campaign.

This was as good as it got for United all match.

The one thing that goes in Mourinho's favour is the dearth of top-quality candidates now available to replace him. Anthony Martial, who came in for the injured Alexis Sanchez, drove into the box and unleashed a shot, signalling United's intent.

The news isn't all bad for Mauricio Pochettino though.

Souness was scathing in his evaluation of the squad at Old Trafford. Ancelotti and Giggs, like so many others on the list, have new roles that pretty much rule them out.

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