Manchester United are in a managerial rut at the moment. Jose Mourinho’s men aren’t playing anywhere near to their capabilities. Rightly so, the majority of the blame is falling at his doorstep.
It’s weird. In the first-half against Tottenham, the Red Devils were totally dominant. It was a performance of real quality. However, as soon as the first Spurs goal went in. Heads dropped. That was that.
Mourinho’s team look like they’ll be beaten mentally the moment adversity happens. That’s an awful sign for a side vying to win the Premier League title.
Now, Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp has weighed in on the situation. He reckons that Mourinho isn’t the right fit for United, and it was one bizarre decision that has led him to believe the self-proclaimed Special One should no longer be the manager.
“I think it’s always a tell-tale sign when managers come under severe pressure, or they are having a bad time, when they do strange things when they pick a team,” Redknapp told talkSPORT, per the Daily Express.
“Picking Ander Herrera in a back-three – that, to me, is bizarre.
He is not a centre-back and he hasn’t got tremendous height.
“He’s ok pace-wise, but you’re playing against one of the best centre-forwards in Harry Kane. As a back-three they were all over the place.
“They are the sort of things that you do as a manager when you’re under pressure. You make strange decisions.
“Against Brighton, for me, it looked like the team weren’t playing for the manager.
“You can turn round and say, ‘let’s give him time, let’s give him until the end of his contract’, but you’re damaging a brand here.
“I just don’t see how he can turn this around.
“That’s not because I think Jose Mourinho is not a good manager, I just don’t think he’s the right manager for Manchester United.
“I don’t think his style fits, and he’s never looked happy there.”
I look at it like this. When you have Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof waiting in the wings, but you choose to play the small Ander Herrera in a back three ahead of them, it does feel like a last throw of the dice. I just don’t understand the logic. All it’s going to do is make the actual centre-backs feel even less confident in their own ability.
Sure, that tactical decision, wasn’t the be-all and end-all to the final result, but it just doesn’t insue confidence. Morale is obviously low right now. Things aren’t getting any easier with a tough game away at Burnley coming up.
Following our visit to Turf Moor is an international break. That gives the board a fortnight to really assess the situation and make a decision. Personally, I hope we keep the faith with Mourinho for the foreseeable future. I’m just not sure who you get in to replace him, that’s before you find the right man for the job who’ll turn our fortunes around. I don’t fancy Zinedine Zidane or Antonio Conte wanting to do that…