Jose Mourinho issues rallying call to Manchester United players in matchday programme as he insists team must ‘never lose its dignity’: ‘At the end of every game, players must be exhausted because of hard work’
- Jose Mourinho has issued a rallying call to his players in his programme notes
- The Manchester United boss is under significant pressure to turn results around
- A 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday has seen morale plummet to new depths
- The Red Devils play Spanish side Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday
Chris Wheeler for MailOnline
Jose Mourinho has warned his Manchester United stars that the club must come before any individual as he battles to save his job at Old Trafford.
Mourinho admitted on the eve of a crucial Champions League clash with Valencia that some of his players care more about the current crisis engulfing United than others.
And in his programme notes for the group tie at Old Trafford, he reminded them that ‘the crest on the chest is more important than the name on the back of the shirt’.
Jose Mourinho has used his Valencia programme notes to issue a rallying call to his players
The United manager is demanding more from his players after successive defeats to Derby and West Ham.
United face Valencia and then Newcastle at home before the international break, with Mourinho desperate for an upturn in results to lift the gloom around the club.
‘All my life I have followed certain golden rules,’ he wrote. ‘One of them is that a team can lose matches but never, ever its dignity.
‘It must fight, work, compete, win duels, be humble. At the end of every game, players must be exhausted because of hard work for the club, the fans and each other.
‘That leads to another pair of golden rules which must be followed: the team is always more important than individual, and the crest on chest more important than name on shirt.
‘This is me. This is how I work. This is what I ask of my team, my group, my club.’
Mourinho has attempted to put the hostility within the dressing room aside in the programme
Reports suggest he has lost the dressing room and is on the brink of being sacked from his job
United are currently top of their Champions League group after winning the first game 3-0
It remains to be seen how many supporters will see Mourinho’s call to arms though after it emerged the game against Valencia was nowhere near close to selling out.
The club have even texted members to inform them that there are still thousands of unsold tickets left.
There are 34 blocks available to buy tickets in, including six in the West stand, nine in the North, five in the East and 14 in the South. The prices vary from £13 for under-16s to £58 for non-members in the most expensive seats.