Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Keeps Blog Post Brief after Defeat to West Ham

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Keeps Blog Post Brief after Defeat to West Ham

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JUAN Mata admits 'it isn't really a time for posts' following United's defeat to West Ham on Saturday.

The Reds have made their worst start to a season since 1990 and are already nine points off rivals City in top spot after just seven games played.

It has been a turbulent week for Jose Mourinho, who stripped talisman Paul Pogba of the 'second captain' role after he felt undermined by the Frenchman's comments in the mixed zone following the draw with Wolves.

The pair also had a frosty exchange in front of the cameras at Carrington and Mourinho vowed that no one was bigger than the club when speaking to the press a few days later.

Mourinho followed up that statement by dropping captain Antonio Valencia and the club's biggest earner, Alexis Sanchez, from the match day squad at the London Stadium and using Scott McTominay in a back three. …

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