Jose Mourinho is 'not a fan' of Anthony Martial, claims Richard Keys

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Manchester United's dressing room is close to a mutiny.

With a number of players reportedly growing frustrated with being played out of position and Jose Mourinho's style of management, tensions are high at the Theatre of Dreams.

Three consecutive defeats has seen Marouane Fellaini label United's situation as a "little crisis", while a number of players are said to be shocked by the way Luke Shaw has been treated.


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Following Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Watford, Mourinho singled out the England international for his role in conceding goals at Vicarage Road and against Manchester City last weekend.

"I knew I had a task," he said, "but the first Man City goal and this second goal, you can find incredible similarity.

"[Aleksandar] Kolarov has the ball in a difficult situation in the corner and my player, instead of going up and pressing, decides to give him space.

"Today for the second goal, [Nordin] Amrabat on the right side, our left-back is 25 metres distance from him, instead of five metres. But even at 25 metres, then you have to jump and go press. But no, we wait."

Mourinho is renowned for making his feelings known towards players and, according to Richard Keys, the Portuguese has made it clear he isn't a fan of Anthony Martial's.

Writing on his website's blog, he said: "I do hear worrying stories of a little unrest amongst a few players and I understand that Martial is not his biggest fan - nor Mourinho Martial's.

"That's certainly something to keep an eye on. Martial wouldn't be the first wide man that Mourinho has fallen out with would he?

"He's got some serious 'previous' with some very high profile names on that front."

Keys' claim is made all the more believable considering Mourinho's negligence towards Martial's injury in the aftermath of Sunday's loss.

When asked of the Frenchman's condition - which is expected to be a concussion - he said: "I don't know. I really don't know."

As United's manager, Mourinho should be the first to know the extent of a player's injury, yet he didn't have a clue and instead claimed he was too focused on the game.

As a side note, Keys expressed concern at how Mourinho still hasn't adapted at United.

"Mourinho will settle things down," he added, "but I'm a little concerned that he hasn't yet got to grips with what's in the DNA at United.

"I mentioned last week that I was surprised that they were so 'passive' in the derby. He set up 'not to lose'. That's not United's way."

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