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Nemanja Matic is grateful to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for taking the pressure off the players during their slump in form with a string of controversial news conferences.

After an opening day win over Leicester, Manchester United suffered back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho deserves to keep his job at Manchester United. "We should have won it much earlier but the performance was very solid".

"He was very confident before the game he prepared the game in a very good way", the defensive midfielder said.

"Two young players that need to get on the field in order to improve and to show us consistently the quality they have, particularly Rashford".

"He knows what he is doing, for sure".

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce has pocketed a combined £13.5m in compensation during his managerial career, including £6m for eight months work at his last employers Everton, and £1m from England after only one game in charge.

Jose Mourinho has suggested the size of the pay-off he would be entitled to will shield him from the sack at Manchester United. "Everything [pleased me]", the United boss said.

"I'm very happy. My body is responding well".

On rivals Liverpool, who sit top of the table after a 100% start, Matic added: "They also have to win all games, and I think that's impossible".

"We should have scored more in the first half and more in the second half, but. we played better than we did last season and there was a big improvement in our play".

Not only have United created more chances in front of goal but they seem more willing to take the extra risk and claim responsibility. I'm hoping to repay that and give him what he wants from me'.

"The passion, spirit, intensity and energy that comes from the fans is the engine that drives football. But the important thing is he is back to goals and we're back to victories".

After the game a reflective Dyche said the tough schedule to start the season has been "a useful period of great experience." . Everybody wanted to win.

They repeated it as their 55-year-old manager walked out of the tunnel in the corner of the stadium and across the field to the visitors' dugout.

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"When he gives me a chance I try to give everything".

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