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Jose Mourinho confronted with poor Manchester United sprint stats vs West Ham


‘One thing is the stats and another thing is the man, the man himself’: Jose Mourinho appears to aim another criticism at his players after being asked about his team being bottom of the Premier League for sprints

Will Griffee For Mailonline

Following sprint results being published in The Verdict on Monday morning to show that Manchester United‘s were the lowest in the Premier League this weekend, Jose Mourinho was pressed on the evidence at his press conference.

The Daily Mail posited: ‘The stats on the sprints and runs were lower than any other Premier league team…’

Mourinho replied: ‘The stats are the stats. The stats are the stats. But, one thing is the stats and another thing is the man, the man himself…’ 

Jose Mourinho was confronted by his side's sprint stats after they completed 59 on Saturday

Jose Mourinho was confronted by his side’s sprint stats after they completed 59 on Saturday

HAVE MANCHESTER UNITED RUN OUT OF STEAM 
Team No of sprints
Liverpool  154 
Huddersfield 125
Arsenal 122
Chelsea 119
Everton 109
Newcastle 106
Manchester City 106
Watford 106
Cardiff 96
Brighton 93
Tottenham 93
Southampton 92
Leicester 91
Fulham 86
Burnley 84
West Ham 81
Wolves 75
Manchester United  59 

The United boss is under mounting pressure following elimination by Derby in the Carabao Cup and subsequent 3-1 defeat by West Ham on Saturday.

And the stats indicate a lack of effort from Mourinho’s players in comparison with the rest of the top-flight at the weekend.

United completed a total of 59 sprints against Manuel Pellegrini’s side with a player having to exceed 15.7mph for the run to count.

In stark contrast, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side ran their socks off in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, completing 154 sprints, a remarkable 29 more than Huddersfield in second place and 95 more than United. 

West Ham claimed a 3-1 victory over United and completed 20 more sprints than the visitors

West Ham claimed a 3-1 victory over United and completed 20 more sprints than the visitors

West Ham claimed a 3-1 victory over United and completed 20 more sprints than the visitors

The findings also support Mourinho’s belief that some players are not giving everything to the cause.    

He said: ‘I think some care more than others. After 20 years of football, I am still the kid that I was 20 years ago and I am still naive, but I still don’t believe that a player is not honest. 

‘If somebody tells them “I was a football player and I didn’t give my best” then I change my opinion. Until somebody who was a big professional player says he was a dishonest player, I will always believe the players. They do it, they don’t do it that’s a different story, but I repeat I am naive or I still believe the player is an honest man.’

Mourinho is under mounting pressure and thinks some players care more than others

Mourinho is under mounting pressure and thinks some players care more than others

Mourinho is under mounting pressure and thinks some players care more than others

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