If things keep going like this, Edward Woodward may well be forced into a decision that he probably doesn’t want to make.
Three games have been played by Manchester United this week. The Red Devils have been second best in every single one.
The pressure is mounting on the self-proclaimed Special One. United are already way off the Premier League pace, while being dumped out of the Carabao Cup, at home, to Derby County, obviously doesn’t help matters.
As expected, there were no United players in Garth Crooks’ Premier League Team of the Week, but the BBC man had his say on the Paul Pogba vs Mourinho war. He has a pretty clear idea of who the winner will be…
“Jose Mourinho refers to his team as fragile but what he fails to realise is that it is he who has caused that fragility.” Crooks wrote in his column.
“You keep humiliating Paul Pogba, your star player, in public and then substitute him in another show of public defiance. Of course, he becomes disillusioned and angry and that unsettles the rest. There’s only one winner here, and it’s not you Jose.”
With player power being so prominent in the modern game, I fear for Jose, I really do. Two more games are taking place at Old Trafford this week. Lose one of them and I think he’s gone – particularly with the international break just around the corner.
Taking in Pogba is arguably his worst decision since walking through the door at United. He’s the leader in that dressing room, the players love him, the fans adore him, he makes money for the Glazer family. With three years left on his current deal, the 25-year-old isn’t going anywhere anytime soon…