Everything was virtually in place to make Manchester United title contenders again after missing out in being in that category in the last three or four seasons. From the signing of a world class coach to the capture of one of the fearful strikers in the world to a world-record fee signing of talent, their squad was looking brilliant.
Manchester United has not moved any closer near the league title since the last season of Ferguson when they were last crowned the champion. Jose Mourinho arrived this summer as the “messiah” to lead them to their promised land but it seems the self-acclaimed ‘special one’ has lost his magical touch that made him the desire of clubs across Europe.
Since winning his first Champions League trophy with Porto in 2004, Mourinho became the bride of many club owners who want him at their club. He moved to England as Chelsea boss in 2004 where he won the Premier League back-to-back in his first two seasons before being unceremoniously removed in September 2007 due to irreconcilable differences.
After a successful two seasons at Inter Milan between 2008 and 2010 including winning the Champions League again, he left for Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 where his managerial career started dwindling in his third season at the Spanish giant but was not that pronounced then.
Returning to Chelsea in 2013 for a second spell, he was able to repackage his career and won the league in his second season but his third season syndrome soon showed up and he was sacked for the second time on 17 December after a run of poor performances that left the Blues at the mercy of the relegation zone and a revolt from the club’s ‘big players’.
Months later he resumed as Manchester United manager with much enthusiasm. A resurgence of the team that was once the pride of England was expected but it has been the contrary. Winning just two of their last seven matches in all competitions is a clear indication of his dwindling career.
And as expected, Mourinho will blame everyone but himself; from the press to the referees to singling out players for blame. It happened in England and it is still happening; Italy and Spain media and their referees are not spared of Mourinho’s spat. He has been charged by the English FA on a two-count charge which slapped on him a £58,000 fine and a touchline suspension.
He left Chelsea in the mid-table in 2015 and Man United is not faring any better. His tactics are no more getting the desired result. His strategies are failing him. Results are frustrating. Mourinho has clearly lost it. No longer the special one that grinds out results. His career has taken a downward turn.
Unfortunately for him, he stepped on toes on his way to the top and he might not get any sympathy as he is sliding down. Mourinho needs to check himself to see where it all went wrong. Maybe a break from coaching, not through sack – would refresh him.
In terms of sports betting, Manchester United are currently out of the title picture, and although the performances of late have been good, the results will have to start flowing.