Jose Mourinho had a 45-minute rant at his Manchester United stars in the build-up to their Champions League clash with Valencia as he battled to win their support.
The meeting at the Lowry Hotel on Monday evening was meant to last 20 minutes, but it went on more than twice as long as Mourinho confronted the players over their abysmal performance at West Ham.
Hotel staff could hear Mourinho’s raised voice throughout the meeting with very little response from the United squad in the meeting room.
Jose Mourinho (left) had a 45-minute rant at his Manchested United stars on Tuesday
Mourinho berated his squad at a meeting at the Lowry Hotel before the draw with Valencia
Only a few hours earlier, Mourinho had admitted at the pre-match press conference that some of his players care more than others about the crisis engulfing Old Trafford as his future at United hangs in the balance.
He reminded them in his programme notes for game against Valencia that ‘the crest on the chest is more important than the name on the back of the shirt’ and then told MUTV before kick-off: ‘From the supporters I cannot ask any more. I cannot ask for more than they are giving at home. Away, with bad results, I cannot ask for more.
‘I think it’s time for the people on the pitch to show them that they love the club as much as the fans.’
The United players formed a huddle on the pitch before a disappointing draw and Marouane Fellaini revealed that it was a show of support for their embattled boss.
‘I think everybody is behind the manager,’ said Fellaini. ‘Everyone is going in the same direction to try to improve and to do better. I think we wanted to show that we are together.’
Manchester United's players formed a huddle before the game in support of Mourinho