first_imgManchester United have made the worst worst Premier League start since 2013 when David Moyes took over immediately after Alex Ferguson’s retirement.Jose Mourinho though believes there are “many reasons” why the team have underperformed this season, telling reporters on Friday that Newcastle United will be a tough opponent as he looks to end a run of four games without a win.Pressure has mounted on the Portuguese coach in recent weeks after United’s first 10 games yielded a return of four wins, three draws and three defeats, with one of the draws preceding a League Cup penalty shootout exit to second-tier Derby County.”We can do much better. To do that we need points,” Mourinho said of a side languishing in 10th place in the Premier League standings, nine points behind champions Manchester City after seven fixtures.READ – Paul Pogba is just a player and not a captain: Jose Mourinho”Yes, I accept (results have not been good enough),” he added in a tense news conference that lasted a little more than three-and-a-half minutes.The boss is intent on bringing “the happiness of a win” back to Old Trafford on Saturday. #MUFCManchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2018Asked by journalists why United were struggling, Mourinho replied “for many different reasons” but refused to elaborate.United have not won at home since beating Leicester 2-1 in the first match of the season and off-field issues, including reports of a rift between the manager and midfielder Paul Pogba, have been an unwelcome distraction.advertisementREAD – Mourinho touches David Moyes lows as Manchester United lose to West HamNewcastle are also struggling, without a win and sitting third-bottom in the standings.”We know our opponent also needs points,” Mourinho added. “They have a very, very, very good coach (Rafael Benitez), a team that is always well organised against teams of the first part of the table.”The results they had against the top teams didn’t get them points yet this season but they gave them very, very close results and difficult matches for the opposition, so we expect a difficult match.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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