Manchester United are out of the Carabao Cup. At the first opportunity, Jose Mourinho’s men have probably already cost themselves their best chance at silverware in the 2018/19 season.
What’s most frustrating is the fact that Derby County were the better team on the day. Frank Lampard got the better of his old manager, he deserves credit for that, Mourinho deserves criticism.
I felt deflated afterwards, we all did. However, Mourinho’s quotes following the loss explains things pretty perfectly. He practically admitted that he knew Phil Jones (or Eric Bailly) was going to miss. That mentality hardly instils confidence in your squad…
“The penalties come, somebody has to miss.” Mourinho told reporters, including the Daily Star.
“I knew we were going to be in trouble with Jones and Eric (Bailly).”
This is the man whom United have given the keys to the kingdom. This is the man who is supposed to motivate his squad, not beat up on them.
When your manager is coming out and freely admitting this, it tells me that there is a real issue in and around Old Trafford right now. Confidence looks shot, the players heads have dropped.
Whenever they face adversity, United wilt. For almost three decades, Sir Alex Ferguson instilled a never-give-up attitude at the Theatre of Dreams. The place was a fortress, right now, it’s anything but. One win from four home games across all competitions is a torrid record. There is no signs of improvement.
For me, Mourinho is already on borrowed time. I’m not quite sure how long he lasts, but I’d be surprised to see him in charge by the time 2019 rolls around.