A quick look at social media and it becomes crystal clear, Manchester United fans aren’t happy!
That is perhaps an understatement considering they’ve seen their side ship three points against Brighton – and at times completely outplayed.
They now face a three-point gap between themselves and Manchester City, added to that Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur won over the weekend. At the time of writing Liverpool haven’t played, and although they face a tough challenge away to Palace, are expected to win.
United could find themselves out of the race for the league before the season really gets going.
Alexis Sanchez didn’t feature in United’s line-up against Brighton, with the player pulling up with a late injury. Anthony Martial was handed a start, and although his performance was poor, he didn’t warrant any acknowledgement from his manager after Marouane Fellaini replaced him in the 60th minute. Given the news coming out of United, coupled with some of the public abuse levelled at players by Mourinho, you get the feeling that similar little fallouts with players are becoming commonplace.
How Paul Pogba goes from leading his country to World Cup glory to looking like an average midfielder is baffling. I really feel for Pogba if I’m honest, he doesn’t look like he is enjoying life under Mourinho at the moment. He doesn’t play as though he’s been giving the freedom to express himself – and a look at his performances at Juventus could serve as a reminder of what an absolutely incredible player he is.
We know that Mourinho tried to bring in a centre-back pairing during the transfer window, getting frustrated that the board was unable to land any summer targets. However it should be borne in mind that the centre-back pairing which started the game against Brighton cost United around seventy million quid!
Could Victor Lindelof possibly be the worst defender Jose Mourinho has ever bought?
Is it too soon to start talking like this?
Mourinho frowned his way through United’s U.S preseason tour and that familiar snarl was etched across his face on Sunday evening. His side seem to have lost their identity. His players don’t look good enough (which I attribute to them not wanting to play for him, rather than a question of ability) and Jose is beginning to employ his usual ‘deflect tactics’ to handle the pressure.
It really does feel like the ‘special one’ (not sure if we still call him that) is heading toward a usual third season meltdown. I just hope United act early and prevent any unnecessary damage caused by the inevitable.
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