It seems just a matter of time before Jose Mourinho and Manchester United part ways, with Mourinho's position dangerously close to untenable at Old Trafford. Match days are becoming increasingly harder for Manchester United fans as the football being served up can only be described as dire and one dimensional. All the signs on the field suggest that there are problems off it but has Mourinho been written off too early?
This is, after all, a manager that finished second in the league last year and has won the Premier League three times, as he eloquently put before walking out on his post-match press conference after the humiliation by Tottenham Hotspur. There seemed to be a lot of added pressure on that game so early in the season and despite Mourinho’s best efforts to make his team play in a more attacking way, they were eventually picked off by a ruthless Spurs side.
It could have been so different, though, if Lukaku hadn’t missed an open goal and free header in the first half an hour. Those missed chances may be considered inconsequential if Mourinho does indeed get sacked, as there appears to be serious unrest in the dressing room but no one can say that Mourinho also hasn’t been the victim of some appalling individual errors committed by his team.
Whenever the going gets tough, Mourinho has always been quick to adopt his usual victim mentality, which makes it harder to make a case for him now during this current saga at Manchester United. However, when the facts are presented, it’s evident his team have let him down.
If it’s not his team letting him down, then it is the board who refused to buy him the defenders he wanted in the summer and, with every passing game, that decision looks like it will cost the Red Devils massively this season. When the Manchester United board offered Mourinho a new deal, which he signed in January 2018, it gave the distinct impression that there was no doubt in their minds he was the man to back.
Mourinho when appointed: “This is my dream job. I have waited for this my whole career.”— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) August 27, 2018
Sadly, he’s failed to be backed by the club and we’ve found ourselves in a sorry mess (again after Moyes & LvG). How many times do we sack a manager before we realise the board are to blame? pic.twitter.com/MuHlq9oI8j
Gary Neville blasted Ed Woodward for not backing Mourinho in the summer and, as things stand, Manchester United may battle to keep pace with the top four as their calamitous defence is likely to be breached with ease until is it sorted out.
Manchester United fans probably thought they would never see the day that, after three games of the league, the Red Devils are a massive 50/1 to win the title in Premier League betting. That isn’t only an indication of their poor start that has seen them concede six goals in two games but also an insight into the storms ahead and how tough it will be this season.
Has Mourinho been let down by his players and board? The answer is an unequivocal yes but the ex-Chelsea manager also has to answer some tough questions and take responsibility as well.
The biggest question is, can Jose Mourinho compete with managers like Guardiola and Klopp, who are blazing the trail? Football has evolved beyond recognition from the glory days of the Special One at Chelsea and on current evidence, it doesn’t look like Mourinho has the modern managerial acumen needed to combat the wave of new tactics sweeping across the game.