Manchester United Football Club are now sixteen points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race, with Jose Mourinho’s men looking to finish best of the rest right now.
Our season so far was summed up against Newcastle United, with every single player putting in an abject performance that left everyone associated with the club concerned.
Now, former player-turned-pundit Joey Barton has had his say on the situation, and he’s claimed that Mourinho and United isn’t a match made in heaven, in fact, the former City midfielder reckons it’s the opposite.
“I don’t think he fits, I don’t think he’s the right fit for them,” Barton said on talkSPORT, per the Daily Express.
“I don’t think the United fans – every time there’s a negative performance, a negative result – United fans: ‘this isn’t the United way, we don’t play like this, he’s not our kind of manager’.
“I don’t think he’s done anything to endear himself with the United faithful, I don’t think it’s a perfect fit.”
Well, Barton is hardly sensible when it comes to his footballing opinions, but in a way, he’s right. Manchester United has always been known for their attacking brilliance, and we all know that Mourinho plays a defence-first style of football.
That mantra is all well and good when you’re team is winning, but when you’ve got Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as your starting centre-halves, that plan can sometimes end up in smoke.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that us football fans are a fickle bunch. If we’re winning trophies, beating our rivals and scoring goals, the fans will forgive the defensive style of play. It’s just highlighted far more when things are going wrong.