It takes a brave man to do something to upset Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager has clashed with several of his own players throughout his career, including Iker Casillas, Juan Mata and Mario Balotelli.
More recently, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw’s apparent lack of commitment infuriated Mourinho to the point that he was willing to call the pair out on it.
Article continues below
Yet the 53-year-old’s disregard for unacceptable behaviour didn’t stop four of his players from crossing the line.
Ahead of one of United’s biggest games of the season, the October 23 clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho will have wanted every member of his squad to be focused solely on returning to Manchester with three points.
Article continues below
It was a huge fixture for Mourinho, who was making his first return to the club that sacked him in December 2015, and presented the Red Devils with a good opportunity to kickstart their season.
But United ended up going down 4-0. It was all downhill after Pedro scored in the opening minute.
It turns out some of Mourinho’s players weren’t as fixated on the game as they certainly should have been.
According to the Mirror, four members of the United squad, including Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero, arranged for a hairdresser to visit them in London for a pre-game haircut.
No wonder United lost.
Rojo, Romero and two unnamed United players reportedly paid for the stylist to visit their London hotel the day before they took on Chelsea. When Mourinho found out, he unsurprisingly let rip.
The former Real Madrid manager had to remind his players to remain focused before big games. You almost feel sorry for Mourinho - not even a Sunday league coach has to do that.
Rojo has been a flop
Although Romero didn’t see any action, Rojo replaced Eric Bailly in the second half. The defender has been a huge disappointment since arriving at the club in 2014 and it’ll be a surprise if he’s still a United player at the start of next season.
Paul Scholes hit out at Rojo and his fellow defender Daley Blind following United’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League at the start of the month.
"To win games of football with Blind and Rojo at centre-half they [Manchester United] almost need to score three goals,” Scholes said on BT Sport, per the Mirror.
"They look like they are going to give goals away all the time. They don't sense danger, they've got no pace, they don't get physical against people.
"It's a worry because at the other end they really do not look like scoring goals."