Jose Mourinho names Pogba among “dishonest” Utd players not giving him everything

Jose Mourinho has accused any Manchester United player not putting in maximum effort for him and the club of being “dishonest”.

Struggling United host Arsenal on Wednesday night and could find themselves 11 points adrift in the race for a Premier League top-four finish if they lose at Old Trafford.

Boss Mourinho has publicly criticised his under-performing players this season and claimed “some players care more than others” as he battles to haul United out of their current crisis.

But ahead of the crunch game, Mourinho said he retains the backing of his squad and said: “If you think a player only plays when, in your words, he is behind the manager, what I have to call these players or, in this case, what you are calling them, is dishonest.

Mourinho has had another pop at his players on the eve of a huge clash with Arsenal (Image: Reuters)

“A football player is paid – and very well paid – to be a football professional.

“What is that? It’s to train every day to his limits, to play every game to his limits, to behave socially according to the nature of his job, to respect the millions of fans around the world and to respect the hierarchies of the club.

“If a player doesn’t do that, one thing is to perform well and not so well, another thing is to be a football professional.

“If you say that a player plays well or bad because of how good a manager is, you are calling the player dishonest.

United are closer in points to last place than to first, and have a negative goal difference (Image: PA Wire)

“When pundits, who were professional players, say this player is not playing for the manager, did they do that when they were players? Were they dishonest players?

“If they were, they shouldn’t be in front of a camera speaking to millions of people.

“You have to analyse a player by ‘Is he performing, yes or no?’ You shouldn’t go in that direction, because you are calling the players dishonest.

“You believe a player scores in his own goal and then runs and celebrates, ‘I scored in my own goal because I don’t like the manager’? Do you believe in that? I don’t believe in that.”

Asked if a poor relationship with a boss can impact on a person’s performance in the workplace, Mourinho told reporters: “So you have only one solution.

“If you don’t like your boss in the newspaper, you have to leave the newspaper. It is still a dishonest factor. So, be honest and leave. Go to another paper.”

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