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Paul Merson: Manchester United players "petrified" of Jose Mourinho

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Paul Merson believes that Manchester United's failure to score in back-to-back games is down to manager Jose Mourinho making his players "petrified" of making a mistake.

Paul Merson has suggested that Manchester United's players are "petrified" of manager Jose Mourinho and will not be upset to leave Old Trafford in the summer.

The Red Devils produced another below-par display against West Ham United on Thursday night as they failed to find a way through on goal in a 0-0 draw.

For the first time since March 2016 United were unable to score in back-to-back matches, having been defeated 1-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion six days beforehand.

Merson believes that a lack of confidence from United's attacking players is to blame, which he puts down to Mourinho.

"Every time a Manchester United player misses a chance they always run back and look at Mourinho in the dugout - they look petrified," he told Sky Sports News.

"You watch Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool play - and sometimes Arsenal - and you can see the patterns of their attacking play.

"It looks like there is a plan. It's different at Manchester United - everyone is standing still, everyone just passes the ball - there is no movement. I think the players are petrified.

"If a player gets sold in summer, they wouldn't leave Manchester United crying. A lot of them look like they don't enjoy their football."

Mourinho, who made eight changes to his starting lineup for the match at the London Stadium, must now prepare his side for Sunday's final league match of the season at home to Watford.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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