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Man Utd players 'unhappy' with Mourinho training methods - report

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho's training methods questioned in a report
Mourinho's training methods questioned in a report

After a defeat of the magnitude Manchester United suffered at Chelsea on Sunday, recriminations are certain to rumble on few a few days and now a report has emerged that will infuriate manager Jose Mourinho.

United's 4-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge has sparked a debate over the early phase of Mourinho's tenure at United, with the manner of his side's collapse sparking plenty of criticism for the manager who took over at Old Trafford last June.

Now a story has appeared in The Times suggesting senior United stars are not impressed by Mourinho's stand-off approach to his players, in an article that appears to have been put together with the help of a source close to the first team squad.

"It can now be disclosed that some members of the United squad have been surprised by some of the Portuguese’s methods at the club’s training ground at Carrington," read the story, which went on to outline discontent with Mourinho's methods.

It went on to claim he "prefers to keep his distance from the players" and does not have a hands-on roll in training sessions.

The report also suggested that Mourinho watches his players train through his window at the club's Carrington training base and leaves all of the coaching sessions to his staff.

Similar stories suggesting Mourinho was reluctant to engage with his players emerged in his final weeks as Chelsea manager last year, yet United players have publicly stated (as they have to!) that they are enjoying training sessions with Mourinho's coaching staff.

“The training has been tough and you can see why he has won trophies at the clubs he has been at," stated United captain Wayne Rooney earlier this season.

"We have all enjoyed the work we have done with the manager and his staff. 

"The manager knows how to get his message across. He wants to win but he's not a real big shouter.

"He expects a lot from his players and just from him talking, he has got that aura about him where you know exactly the message he's getting across to you."

It will take a brave reporter to ask Mourinho about The Times story when he talks to the media following Wednesday night's EFL Cup tie against Manchester City at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese tactician certain to dispute many of the claims.

The only way Mourinho can silence the critics gathering around him and his team is by winning matches, with a victory against City the ideal way to bounce back from United's Stamford Bridge humiliation.