Jose Mourinho has launched a staunch defence of his Manchester United players, claiming they are still playing for him after the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.
Two second-half goals from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri decided the contest at Anfield on Renault Super Sunday as United slumped to their worst ever start to a Premier League season.
Following the latest setback, Mourinho was asked by Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves if he felt he still had the backing of the United players.
“What is that?” he responded. “Play for me? Are you calling the players dishonest?
“You are asking me if they are dishonest. I believe they are honest and you believe they are dishonest. A football player has to give (their) all, every day, maximum every day, every match, every minute. It doesn’t matter the manager or anything else.
“The club that pays him, the fans that are 24 hours per day in love with their own club, it’s a respect for the club and for the fans. If the players don’t give their maximum, you are calling them dishonest.
“I don’t call them dishonest at all. The players that were on the pitch today, they gave everything.”