Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he expects a big response from his side in Saturday’s visit to West Ham despite their early season wobbles.
United begin the weekend sitting seventh, eight points off the top of the Premier League, after defeats to Brighton and Tottenham and being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Wolves last Saturday after three straight wins.
That was followed on Tuesday by elimination from the League Cup on penalties at home by Championship side Derby County after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.
“I sometimes feel frustrated because with the work we do, I’m always expecting more,” said Mourinho on Friday.
“It looks that when we feel we are really improving and playing better and having a good run of results there is always a little going down in terms of the focus or the motivation. I feel that.”
The Portuguese also insisted that star midfielder Paul Pogba – stripped off his role as vice-captain on Tuesday – will return to his starting line-up at the London Stadium having impressed with his attitude in training this week.
“I expect to win tomorrow. I expect to play very well tomorrow. We worked very, very well – especially on Wednesday and Thursday, so tomorrow I expect a very good performance and I expect to win a very difficult match,” said Mourinho
“I don’t come here and say the training session was not very good, that the players are not committed and that I have a bad feeling.”
The Hammers have been on the up having won at Everton and held Chelsea in their last two league outings, before mauling Millwall in the League Cup.
But Mourinho insists his side are up for the challenge as he expects a good result.
“But I repeat that tomorrow I think we are going to play very well, I think we are going to win a very difficult match against a very good opponent, an opponent with great investment, an opponent with a champion manager (Manuel Pellegrini) with lots of experienced players and lots of very talented players.”