Manchester United are going from bad to worse at the moment. There is a disgruntled atmosphere around the place right now, and rightly so.
Although Jose Mourinho isn’t the only problem, he will always take the brunt of the fan furore, that’s just the nature of football. The question ‘should he be sacked’ has been asked far too many times this campaign, and it is coming up again following a turgid 2-2 draw away at Southampton on Saturday.
The performances just aren’t good enough. When you’ve spent that much money, we should be seeing better, but things just aren’t working out right now. On Sunday Supplement this morning, the Daily Mail’s Adam Crafton has finally had enough, by claiming that the self-proclaimed Special One should lose his job. Honestly, you have to agree with him.
“It’s the week that confirms that Manchester United needs to change their manager,” he told the Sunday Supplement, per Sky Sports.
The theory was Mourinho’s pragmatism maybe gets them over the line over the course of the season. It’s now becoming clear if you can’t beat Crystal Palace at home, Southampton away, it’s as generous as fixtures you can get – Young Boys at home.
“Watching Manchester United now is an ordeal. You’re watching Mourinho on the touchline more for him than the players.
“The players aren’t offering anything generally. They have to make a change now really. I don’t think the fans are enjoying watching their team. Yesterday the first 20 minutes was as bad as anything I’ve seen from Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
“It’s a very dispiriting place at the moment. They were so far adrift of Manchester City a few weeks ago. Before that, they seemed to have had a bit of a renaissance but since then it is back to where it was before.”
To me, the most disappointing thing is the fact that the players are looking restrained. When you’re not even bombing forward against sides like Southampton and Young Boys, what hope do you have?
The players just look frustrated, slow, lethargic and tired. It’s down to Mourinho to inspire, instil belief and confidence and bring that winning mentality back to United. At this moment, things are getting worse, not better, and that’s massively worrying.
You go into games fearing the worst these days, rather than being hopeful about picking up all three points and playing well in the process. To me, that’s damning, and I’ve certainly seen enough.