Manchester United Football Club have finished the second in second place; their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Jose Mourinho’s men have an FA Cup final to look towards, with the Red Devils looking to further add to their ever-growing trophy cabinet.
When the self-proclaimed Special One was hired, we all knew that we’d be viewing a more defensive-minded style. That’s obviously been employed since day one, but everyone hasn’t taken to the brand of football that has been on display.
Amongst its detractors is Sky Sports’ Paul Merson. The former Arsenal man has slated the Portuguese coach for his dull style of play, while also accusing United of parking the bus in the big games…
“Their neighbours are breaking all these records, playing the way they are, and then there are 70,000 people turning up at United every week sitting there and thinking: ‘What’s in the programme?’ It has not been entertaining, and it has been The Mourinho Way.” Merson says, per Sky Sports.
“Mourinho has done this at Chelsea. I watched them play against a second-string Huddersfield team, 2-0 up. I was thinking: ‘Go and score, five, six, seven.’
“The last time they scored five goals in a league game was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last league game when they drew 5-5 with West Brom. Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City have all scored five goals in a league game, even more than that.
“The way it looked to me at the start of the season, is that Mourinho was playing to draw with all the big boys and beat all of the lesser teams.
“They parked the bus at Liverpool, drew with them, then went to Huddersfield and lost. That’s it, behind the eight ball, and it was catch-up from them.
“City just went further away. The way they lost at Old Trafford against City, they just parked the bus. It was like they were saying: ‘We can’t win.'”
I mean, Mourinho’s style is all well and good when trophies are being delivered. Two were won last season and we’re in with a great chance of adding another one this term. I guess what I’m trying to say is that United knew what they were getting themselves in for when they hired the former Chelsea boss.
As for ‘parking the bus’ at Liverpool, go look at City’s result away at Anfield. They tried to go toe-to-toe with Jurgen Klopp’s men away from home and got absolutely slaughtered for the best part of an hour. A point on that ground is always a plus, particularly when we managed to beat them at Old Trafford…
I genuinely feel that next season will be make or break for Mourinho. If we enjoy elite success in a top-level competition like the Premier League or Champions League, then his job will be secure for the next few years. However, if we come up way short once again, I’d fear for his place at United manager.