United have made a awful start to their 2018/19 season as they have a tally of 10 points from seven matches.
Mourinho is entering the realm of madness, where nearly everything he says - marked up against the results on the pitch - seems ludicrous.
"We have to look at ourselves as players", he said.
Statistics suggest United had more than just an off day at West Ham - by some metrics it was the worst performance from any side in the division - and Mourinho has first-hand experience of apparently demotivated players from his final, painful season at Chelsea.
English Premier League Report: Chelsea v Liverpool 29 September 2018
Hazard's well taken goal against Liverpool , a league-high sixth for the campaign, very almost earned Chelsea all three points and was the highlight of another excellent performance.
Manchester United should consider cutting their losses with Alexis Sanchez, former Irish defender Kevin Kilbane has claimed. "After the result on Tuesday (defeat to Derby in the League Cup) the team obviously needs positive things, positive feelings and to start losing after five minutes is not that positive start that you need". "They would do everything for him but at the moment it's not quite there", the 34-year-old added.
United now look far from contenders, but they can take a huge step towards the last 16 by moving six points clear of Valencia in Group H on Tuesday.
Mourinho would not name names, though when asked whether his players care enough about playing for him and for United his response was: "I think some care more than others". It was very poor from us.
Liverpool are now nine points in front of Manchester United after just seven Premier League matches and could be further in front of the Red Devils by the time the two teams first meet at Anfield in the middle of December.
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Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC's website, Barkley said of Hazard: "He is up there with the best in the world". I think [if he does that , he could be voted the best in the world].
The France worldwide has had the vice-captaincy taken off him and many observers are claiming Mourinho may be suffering from the "third-season syndrome" that has dogged his career.
Shaw also admitted that United received a furious team talk from Mourinho at half time, which failed to turn the course of the game.
"That's not good enough".
The club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has put his faith in Mourinho, but his trust runs out quickly when missing out on the riches of Champions League.
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If, even when you make a decisive change the result is still the same, it suggests the problem is not with the personnel. By December, we could get a clear picture as to where United stand and what happens regarding their decision on Jose.
Staff at Old Trafford are increasingly convinced it is a case of when, not if, Mourinho is sacked and it is thought Zinedine Zidane, who is a free agent after leaving Real Madrid in May, believes he could be offered the job if the Portuguese goes.