Mourinho told Man Utd players: Play for the crest

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However, while United legend Paul Scholes has claimed Mourinho is "embarrassing" the club and is surprised the Portuguese has not been sacked, former Red Devils striker Dublin offered his backing to the under-fire manager.

United face Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday and, speaking prior to the clash at Old Trafford, Scholes slammed Mourinho's behaviour.

Before a ball had been kicked against Valencia, Mourinho had been branded "embarrassing" by former United player Paul Scholes.

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The United skipper, however, played a straight bat after Tuesday night's game in an attempt to project cohesion and unity amid a hugely turbulent few weeks for the club.

"I don't need to know what he said", said Mourinho.

Mourinho's position at Old Trafford has come under pressure after slipping nine points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester City after just seven games.

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Seldom can the Premier League's four Champions League representatives have approached another week of continental fixtures gripped by such contrasting fortunes.

"Obviously, I want to play....(but) being left out has made me work harder and concentrate more".

"I am sat here surprised he's here after Saturday", he said. "It will be good for the team if we can beat Newcastle".

"I wanted a game like this", said Dybala, who has struggled for form since Ronaldo's arrival and started several games on the bench.

"I think there are things that are hard for me to say".

Mourinho has been critical of his players and those above him at the club of late and has been the subject of much criticism from the press, which he hit out at following his side's most recent slip. "I think you have enough reasons to criticise me", he said.

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