Jose Mourinho insists United stars must motivate themselves

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It's fair to say that Jose Mourinho is no longer the God-like figure he was once perceived as in the Premier League.

While he's still rated as one of the finest managers in the game, the Special One's final few months at Chelsea really seemed to damage his standing among fans.

As for his reign at Manchester United, in the last week, he has endured his first slip-ups.


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The 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City was followed by a 1-0 loss to Feyenoord in the Europa League and, as always when a team goes on a bad run, some of the manager's decisions have been questioned.

Mourinho used to be famous for his exuberant motivational skills, but with the arrival of Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp, he's no longer even English football's most flamboyant boss.

The Portuguese is clearly aware that his United stars need a little more motivation. Failing to turn up in the Europa League is one thing, but the City game was about as important as football matches come.

With all that in mind, Mourinho has therefore set his players a challenge to motivate themselves - although, to be fair, it sounds like a bit of a cop-out excuse as to why he hasn't been getting the best out of them recently.

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“I always say that the best motivation you can have is your own motivation,” he told the Mirror.

“I always feel that my job is that I am an extra source of motivation, but the motivation belongs to the player.

“And if the players at this age need motivating, with the great life, the money they have to do what they want... I think they shouldn’t need an extra source of motivation. That belongs to themselves."

The Red Devils possess some of the world's most highly-paid players, so Mourinho probably has a point.

However, he may have inadvertently set the tone for their poor performance in Holland by admitting that the club didn't even want to be in the Europa League.

United's travelling fans would still have expected a much better performance, nonetheless, and will now be demanding a win over Watford to end the club's disastrous week.

Should Mourinho take responsibility for motivating his players? What's gone wrong for United this week? Have your say in the comments. 

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