Souness: Mourinho is in a 'precarious' position at Manchester United

Posted August 21, 2018

BRIGHTON: Manchester United captain Paul Pogba admitted his side didn´t have the right attitude in losing 3-2 to Brighton on Sunday due to a shambolic defensive display. "We made mistakes and were punished by our mistakes".

Paul Pogba pulls one back from the penalty spot, but it's too late!

"I am someone very honest and we always play for the shirt and play for them and this is not the result that we wanted and not the result that they wanted".

Brighton were 3-1 ahead at half-time and frustrated United until Pogba converted a penalty in stoppage time, and the France global suggested he had not been mentally prepared. It's not good for me.

Mourinho also said Brighton's early goals had robbed United of their "confidence". "There are basic mistakes that makes it nearly an impossible mission to win the match". "It's two times in a row that we've lost against Brighton and I think that shouldn't happen".

Many of Mourinho's stars, including World Cup victor Pogba, new signing Fred and French forward Anthony Martial, were anonymous for long periods, but the boss refused to criticise individuals. The old traditions of United have gone so they must adapt to a modern structure.

"My view would be that he's got to stay until the very end of that contract and be backed until the end of that contract if you're going to give a contract extension as the CEO of the club".

"United need serious football people to guide what they are doing". "I can not criticise the desire of my players".

"I'm disappointed, with my performance and the team performance. For me that's the story of the game", he told the BBC.

However, there was little sign of Pogba leading United out of the mire as he and summer signing Fred, who cost a reported £52.5 million (57.9 million euros, $66.3 million) struggled to control the game in midfield. Last year, we had nearly the same attitude as today and it's not right.

"It's lump it forward, play off the bits and see where we go from that".

Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football, former United defender Gary Neville said the club should have supported Mourinho in the transfer window.

Pogba tried a different approach, hitting a fine shot from distance that produced an equally good response from keeper Mat Ryan, who dived to push it away one-handed.