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Jose Mourinho is optimistic he still has the full backing of his Manchester United players, claiming they are still playing for him after the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.

United were below-par at Anfield with two goals from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri deciding the tie as United slumped to their worst ever start to a Premier League season.

Mourinho was asked by Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves after the game if he felt he still had the backing of the United players.

“What is that?” he responded. “Play for me? Are you calling the players dishonest?

“You are asking me if they are dishonest. I believe they are honest and you believe they are dishonest. A football player has to give (their) all, every day, maximum every day, every match, every minute. It doesn’t matter the manager or anything else.

“The club that pays him, the fans that are 24 hours per day in love with their own club, it’s a respect for the club and for the fans. If the players don’t give their maximum, you are calling them dishonest.

“I don’t call them dishonest at all. The players that were on the pitch today, they gave everything.”

United will face Cardiff City away in their next league encounter as they bid to put their season back on track.