Manchester United are in a rut right now. It’s all down to Jose Mourinho and the turgid performances that are being churned out week-in-week-out.
The Red Devils aren’t fun to watch. The defence-first mindset, quite frankly, looks outdated. Things don’t look like changing anytime soon, and that’s fair enough. Why should a manager change his ways? No-less a coach who has been so successful down the years.
Sometimes partnerships just don’t work, but it’s down to the club to end the relationship before things get out of hand. The longer Mourinho stays, the more disillusioned players will become.
Now, ex-footballer Vinnie Jones has had his say. The former Wimbledon man even goes as far as telling Marcus Rashford that he should leave as soon as possible due to a lack of playing time in the striker position.
“If I was Rashford I’d say, ‘I’m off’ at the first opportunity, ‘I’m out of here’,” Jones told talkSPORT per the Daily Express.
“Mourinho has got to put his arm around some of these players, you can’t keep hammering and having a go at them – especially the younger players.
“I don’t think it helps, I think you start losing them.
“It used to be ‘what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room’.
“You don’t come out publicly and have a go like Mourinho keeps doing.
If you’ve watched England over the last few months, you’ll know how dangerous Rashford has looked for his country. At United, he looks like he’s playing shackled. He has to track back down the wing, that’s just not his natural game.
Mourinho doesn’t help himself when he comes out and criticises players, either. That approach may have worked with Luke Shaw, but it’s just not going to work for everyone.
We all love Rashford, he’s a talented boy who, when playing confident, will score goals for fun and cause defenders nightmares. He needs to be afforded a proper run in the team, though, and it must be frustrating right now, because Romelu Lukaku is hardly lighting it up…