Man Utd midfielder Pogba admits: We feel the pressure from behind us

Monday, 01 Jan, 2018

José Mourinho is becoming ever more desperate to explain Manchester United's slump.

In the last week, Mourinho's team have drawn games with Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton.

The result was greeted by boos at the final whistle - leaves United third in the Premier League, a point behind Chelsea.

"I think next season we will get two or three more players". I could be here with a biased theory, which I am not going [to do] at all.

The referee didn't award United a penalty for an apparent hand-ball in the first-half.

"It is a penalty like [Marcus] Rashford against Leicester, [Ander] Herrera against City".

So, too, when Mourinho points to absent players.

Those two games come within the next five days - against Everton on New Year's Day and Derby County on Friday - an understandable absence given the circumstances.

On Ibrahimovic, Mourinho hailed the way his striker has approached recovering from the injury but admitted that his situation is "not easy". Mourinho has also lost his full-back Ashley Young for three games after the 32-year-old accepted a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association after appearing to strike Dusan Tadic with his elbow on Saturday. As Pawson did not see the incident the Football Association could rule on it as early as New Year's Eve - in time for Young to miss the Everton trip if he is found guilty. The problem is not the money we invest, the problem is the money the others invest and it is the problem that others with better squads, with better stability, with more options, they keep investing and that's the only problem because, for example, we bought a striker in the summer - a very good striker [Romelu Lukaku] - but that good striker was to replace Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. We lost Lukaku, we lost Ibrahimovic for a month.

He is confident United will sign "two or three" new players in an effort to bridge the gap, including one - potentially Antoine Griezmann or Gareth Bale - who will cost "a lot of money".

"I don't know [how serious it is]", he said. I don't remember the last time [Marouane] Fellaini played.

The visitors nearly broke the deadlock early in the second half when Shane Long fired a first-time effort at De Gea, but the Spaniard reacted quickly to divert the low shot over the bar with his feet.

"The club have invested a lot of money", Mourinho said.

"So, money makes a difference".

Promoting such exuberance has never going to be Mourinho's way and after his snipes at Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool's signing of Virgil van Dijk in his latest media appearance, we can ponder whether this maverick create enough mischief on and off the field in the first half of 2018 to ensure his presence at United is no longer needed. "I haven't seen the replay but it is hard for the referee to see in one second what happened in all different places ... We have difficulty now to rotate players".