"We needed a good start and we didn't have that good start".
Jose Mourinho's side are in 10th place, nine points behind leaders Manchester City, after losing three of their opening seven Premier League games. He's there to put a team out that he thinks can win the game. While Manuel Pellegrini's men deserved their victory, Mourinho was in no mood to give the opposition credit, blaming the officials for West Ham's opener and third goal.
Mourinho can potentially save the club's season from becoming a complete disaster by having a positive experience in Europe.
Manchester United missed out on some key signings in the 2018 summer transfer window as their title rivals significantly strengthened.
"If you want the truth I think it was honestly horrendous".
"I just think they have actually become a very, very average team with a very negative manager".
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"I didn't see them make two or three passes in succession - that's criminal".
Mourinho said West Ham's first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been "aggressive" enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers' second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautović's strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford.
"Games like this we should be dominating, creating chances, showing people why we deserve to play for Man United and that didn't happen".
"We were not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot", Mourinho said. It's hard to take.
"When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have", said the Frenchman. It was very poor from us.
With just 10 points in their opening seven games, this is United's worst start to a league season since the 1989-90 campaign during which Sir Alex Ferguson was on the verge of getting the sack until Mark Robins' victor against Nottingham Forest eased the pressure on the Scot.
Moreover, United's abject performance spoke far more obviously and loudly than did Ferdinand in that there was absolutely nothing about their display which suggested they were a tight unit looking to back their manager out of a corner.