Alexis Sanchez absent from Manchester United squad for West Ham trip

The Chile international, who has struggled for form and has yet to find the net this season, travelled with the squad to London and was at the ground as his team-mates sought to end a turbulent week with victory.

Asked why Sanchez – and Antonio Valencia – were missing from his matchday XI, Mourinho told BT Sport: “Options”.

Paul Pogba’s future came under renewed scrutiny this week after Mourinho took the vice-captaincy off him, before footage of a heated training-ground exchange was caught by Sky Sports cameras.

But Mourinho had said Pogba would start against Manuel Pellegrini’s side and kept to his word.