Manchester United are now nineteen points off top spot in the Premier League. We’re in December.
The Red Devils finished runners-up to Manchester City last term, which we thought was something to build upon. From the, a poor summer followed and United have headed in the wrong direction.
Poor defeats to both City and now Liverpool have been damning, and it all stems from the ability to not be able to keep things tight at the back.
For a Jose Mourinho team, not conceding goals has always been the staple. However, this year, United’s defence has been porous. Perhaps it’s down to the fact that he wasn’t delivered a new centre-back over the summer, but to become this bad overnight isn’t just an accident.
Following the Liverpool loss, one damning stat sprung to mind, and it came from the Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst.
He did some digging and figured out that United have already conceded more goals this season (29) than they did in the whole of the 2017/18 campaign. That’s just not good enough.
Players like Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have all made crucial mistakes at the worst possible times, but it all comes back to the man who organises them; Mourinho.
The self-proclaimed Special One has never been the greatest when it comes to offensive game-plans, but when he cannot keep things tight at the back, you question whether he’s losing the mojo…