Phil Jones attempts to defend Jose Mourinho's actions against West Ham

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Anyone would think Jose Mourinho is under a bit of pressure at Manchester United right now.

The Red Devils' worrying Premier League form - particularly at home - continued yesterday with another disappointing 1-1 draw with West Ham.

But the game will largely be remembered for Mourinho's incredible outburst after Paul Pogba was booked for diving.

Pogba picked up his fifth yellow card of the season after trying to avoid a challenge made by Mark Noble and Mourinho was so dismayed with referee John Moss' decision, he kicked a water bottle down the touchline.

As a result, Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time this term and United had to play for the majority of the game without their manager's presence on the sidelines.

The Portuguese boss has been criticised by many of those in the media for his dugout antics but still has the support of his players.

Phil Jones has been the first Man United ace to speak to the press about water bottle-gate and thinks Mourinho is just showing his passion rather than struggling to handle the pressure.

"I think that's just passion. I like to see that from anyone - players, staff. It's passion for the game and a willingness to win," Jones said, as per The Mirror.

"We all want to win just as much as each other. We just need to stick together, keep training well, keep creating chances and we will get the goals.

"I don't know what happened on the sideline, but players still have to do the job on the pitch and unfortunately we couldn't get the win."

Throughout the Red Devils' poor spell of form, they have wasted key chances to win matches and Mourinho even labelled his side as 'the unluckiest team in the Premier League' last week.

But Jones thinks the hectic nature of United's season could help them get out of their current rut.

He added: "We have got another game on Wednesday night which is another important game for us, against West Ham again in the quarter-final of the League Cup. We want to win.

"I think it will be a completely different game from that one you saw today. We need to prepare right because it comes round quick."

Mourinho's men head into the busy festive period eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and 11 off league leaders Chelsea - rendering their faint title hopes all but over already.

After Wednesday's League Cup tie, United face Everton, Zorya Luhansk, Tottenham and Crystal Palace. Failure to win all of those matches and there might be some serious questions about Mourinho's future at the club.

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