Jose Mourinho's strange excuse for dropping Alexis Sanchez is being heavily criticised by fans

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It has been a nightmare start to the season for Manchester United.

Having drawn 1-1 to Wolves last week the Red Devils were then dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby County.

The trip to a struggling West Ham represented a good opportunity for United to right the ship and get things back on track but they never looked capable of doing so on a thoroughly forgettable afternoon.

The Hammers took the lead through Felipe Anderson before Andriy Yarmolenko doubled the lead after his shot took a wicked deflection off Victor Lindelof.

United managed to pull one back but Marko Arnautovic settled the tie slotting home past David De Gea late in the second stanza.

The turgid defeat consigned the Old Trafford side to their worst Premier League start in 29 years.

Unsurprisingly, fans are fed up with Jose Mourinho who made some truly bizarre changes to his starting side.

The Portuguese manager dropped youngster Scott McTominay in the deep end by thrusting him into an unfamiliar center back position while axing Alexis Sanchez from the squad entirely.

As a result, West Ham enjoyed a relatively comfortable afternoon as they ran the makeshift defence ragged for every minute of the 90.

Jose Mourinho cut a frustrated figure during his sides defeat to West Ham

Mourinho must have known his selection was going to be scrutinised but his strange excuse for dropping Sanchez has caused a bit of uproar amongst the Old Trafford faithful on Twitter.

Speaking in the aftermath of the London defeat, Mourinho claimed the fan’s desire to see Anthony Martial was behind his decision to drop the Chilean.

“For many months, people ask for [Anthony] Martial, Martial, Martial. It was time for me to agree that Sanchez wasn’t playing well and it was time to give him a chance,” said Mourinho speaking to BT Sport.

As you would expect, this did not go down well with the fans.

Mourinho’s relationship with the fans was already on thin ice and blaming them for his selection nightmare seems an utterly bonkers thing to do.

The Portuguese veteran looks well on course to be the first manager sacked in the Premier League season.

Who would have thought.

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