Mourinho refuses to deny phone conversation with zidane

Jose Mourinho has refused to deny claims he held a phone conversation with Zinedine Zidane.

S un Sport revealed this morning how Zidane had been in touch with the Manchester United boss to reassure him he was not plotting behind his back.

Mourinho, w ho looked to have been snubbed by Paul Pogba again at training today , was then asked about the topic in his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Valencia.

And the Portuguese boss jokingly tried to shrug off those suggestions, but crucially refused to deny a conversation had taken place between the pair.

Mourinho is under intense pressure at Old Trafford, with the club equalling their worst-ever start to a Premier League season following the 3-1 defeat at West Ham .

He also questioned the attitude of some of his under-performing United stars, with trusted ally Nemanja Matic sat alongside him for media duties.

He said: “I think some care more than others.

“After 20 years of football, I am still the kid that I was 20 years ago and I am still naïve, but I still don’t believe that a player is not honest.

“There were big players in the past and I ask these people with great reputations if at any time in their careers they went to a game not to give the maximum, not to help the club, not to make the fans happy and not to try his best.”

He added: “If somebody tells them ‘I was a football player and I didn’t give my best’ then I change my opinion.

“Until somebody who was a big professional player says he was a dishonest player, I will always believe the players.

“They do it, they don’t do it that’s a different story, but I repeat I am naive or I still believe the player is an honest man.”

Mourinho was then asked if he was worried about his Old Trafford future, simply replying: “I don’t think so.”

He was later unimpressed when asked if he had spoken with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about his future adding: “That’s a private matter. I’m not going to answer it.

“I’m not asking you who did you speak with yesterday or this morning, who was your last phone call, that’s a private matter.”

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