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Jose Mourinho accuses Manchester United quartet of lacking character

Mourinho: 'Man Utd quartet lack character'
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accuses four of his first-team players of lacking maturity, character and personality.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused four of his players of lacking maturity, character and personality.

Mourinho has seen his future come under intense scrutiny following a poor start to the season which has seen his side lose four of their opening 12 games to already sit 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

However, the Portuguese boss believes that "spoilt kids" have contributed to United's troubles and claimed that Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are all struggling to fulfil their potential.

"They are lacking maturity. And let me be clear when I say maturity, I mean maturity on a personal level. We had more men, we were more mature, we were more prepared for life, we were less protected," Mourinho told Univision.

"They are spoilt kids now, the kids of today have a different life, an easier environment and I'm talking about the people around the players. These people give them too much affection and too many excuses. People mature much more slowly now.

"Luke Shaw, he's got big potential but doesn't know how to behave. Big potential, yes, big potential. We're talking about Luke Shaw, Martial, Lingard, Rashford – young, big potential, but at the end of the day it results in the word I cannot say, but you use it a lot here... character, personality, they lack a little."

United are back in action when they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.


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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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