Over the weekend, Manchester United churned out another wretched performance, getting beat at Old Trafford by bottom club, West Bromwich Albion.
For Jose Mourinho, it was a huge case of one step forward, two steps back, with the Red Devils’ boss going from the highs of beating Manchester City, to the lows of facing fan furore after a turgid display.
Following the loss which led to City’s title win, social media was awash with United fans calling for Mourinho’s head. Should he stay or should he go?
This is a tough argument, but right now, things seem stacked against the self-proclaimed Special One.
The biggest knock on Mourinho is his style. When it works, he’s lauded as a hero, however, when it goes wrong, like it did this weekend, the fans have every right to complain.
Playing two defensive-minded midfielders, and sitting back against a team destined for relegation is a cardinal sin. You’re asking for trouble when you approach a game like this with a defence-first attitude, and it came to bite us on the backside as the second-half drew to its close.
What’s infuriating is the fact that these performances aren’t few and far between. We’ve seen it time and time again and it doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. That’s a huge issue.
Then you have his attitude towards young players like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford; neither of whom have improved under Mourinho’s development, both are always dropped at the first inkling of any minor issue.
It’s tough for them, and now I realise exactly why Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne left Mourinho when they did. That’s not to say he isn’t a world-class coach, he clearly is, but he could harness talent far better; particularly at a club like Manchester United.
One thing you cannot ignore is his trophy haul. He’s won two major pieces of silverware already, while the Red Devils are in a decent position to make a good run at the FA Cup. Football is a results business, after all…
Sure, there are some footballers who have improved under Jose. Immediately I look at Jesse Lingard who is flying right now, as is Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young. It comes as no coincidence to me that these guys are more defensive-minded though.
Personally, I’m in the corner of Mourinho staying, at least for one more season. However, the next twelve months are make or break, and he certainly has to push Manchester City all the way next season, otherwise, it could be curtains.