Following their 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, Manchester United were back on the training field ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia.

It was the first open training session since the one last week which made headlines when Pogba and Mourinho were filmed having a frosty conversation.

But interestingly, Pogba appeared to blank his manager at one point during today’s session.

The Frenchman was filmed cheerily greeting some of his team-mates as well as a number of United’s coaching staff.

Pogba, hauled off in the second half on Saturday, walked onto the training pitch with Sergio Romero and warmly greeted Mourinho’s coaching staff with handshakes, having given Nemanja Matic a hug.

However, he was seen walking straight past manager Mourinho.

Meanwhile, following their poor result against the Hammers, Mourinho was asked about the reaction of his players to the loss – and later appeared to continue to question the attitude of some members of his squad.

“Every player is different, no player is the same,” Mourinho said.

“I see different actions but what you see is not really inside.

“I see upset people, some people that don’t look like they lost a game.

“I see so-so but in the little two sessions of training we had (since Saturday) everything (was) normal, (the) desire to work and play.”

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has heavily criticised the Red Devils players following the defeat to West Ham and believes Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford could soon be up.

“As a a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort,” he said.

“I didn’t see them make two or three passes in succession – that’s criminal.

“I don’t see enough players working hard to say to the manager ‘this is my place in the team’.

“You’ve got to work hard and grind and Man United didn’t. There are some big decisions to be made at United now.

“There will be conversations at the top level, about the future of the manager and the squad, because the basics are not being done.

“There has to be something said.”

Ferdinand went on to say: “I believe powers be at this football club have a decision to make.

“It’s getting too much. All the little wars in the dressing room, the stories leaking out in the press.

“This could be the worst season in the club’s history if something doesn’t change – and fast.

“They’ve got to make a decision right now – bang.

“It was like a testimonial out there for United. There was no one out there setting the tone.

“And then you look at West Ham’s application and attitude throughout.

“You see (Pablo) Zabaleta, a 33-year-old, chasing for balls up and down the wing and showing that winning mentality.”



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