Lampard backs under-fire Mourinho

Under-fire Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho received support from Frank Lampard.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho   -  Getty Images

Frank Lampard backed under-fire Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to get through his issues at Old Trafford.

Mourinho is under increasing pressure after seeing United collect just 10 points from its opening seven Premier League games.

The Portuguese tactician endured a difficult week in which his side was knocked out of the EFL Cup by Lampard's Derby County before losing to West Ham. Lampard, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea, said that he felt for his former boss.

"Everyone knows my feelings for Jose Mourinho as a manager. It is a tough moment. It is a moment that we will all have, that I will have at times, that every manager has," Lampard said.

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"I have heard all his interviews lately. He is a big boy. He will get about doing his job. Of course, I feel for him. They are not winning games and they want to be - it is Manchester United."

"In terms of players, it can be difficult. You need buy in from your players and you need sometimes the right message to be coming out. I thought that as a player and I think it even more as a manager."

"And, you need complete work rate on the pitch. I am not talking about individuals here, I am saying that is what you need."

United gets a chance to return to winning ways when it hosts Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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