The United boss made SIX changes for Monday’s disastrous 3-0 hammering by Tottenham and played three centre-halves, including MIDFIELDER Ander Herrera.
Old Trafford insiders say players were uncomfortable with the shake-up — and the muddled situation is leading to tension in the dressing room.
Mourinho even admitted not knowing what his best defence is.
And £89million record signing Paul Pogba revealed he was shocked by their Tottenham tonking.
The midfielder said: “Even we don’t understand what happened. It’s bizarre.”
While United’s dressing room used to be a happy, vibrant place, it has now gone quiet.
Players are reluctant to express opinions to their under-pressure boss about their plight.
Mourinho has defended his team recently, having publicly criticised them on occasions last season.
For some, however, the change has come too late — with Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly both particularly upset at being axed from Monday’s squad.
Mourinho’s job is safe for now and he retains the backing of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and owners the Glazer family.
However, there was bemusement in the directors’ area after Monday’s game when Mourinho’s press conference meltdown — which saw him demand respect for his three Premier League title wins — was replayed on TV screens.
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