Following Manchester United’s poor start to the season, manager Jose Mourinho has come under fire in recent weeks and is staring down the barrel at the prospect of the sack. United endured an unconvincing pre-season with the failure to recruit several transfer targets and Mourinho himself, claiming it was going to be a ‘difficult season’. The 20-time league champions have been all over the media in the past few weeks and now is the time for the manager and players to hit back.
United began their campaign with a lethargic 2-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford, where Luke Shaw scored his first senior goal. However, back-to-back defeats against Brighton and Tottenham in the following two fixtures already heated up the pressure on Mourinho.
Three successive victories all away from home against Burnley, Watford and Young Boys (the last coming in the Champions League) appeared to show signs of improvement for the Red Devils. Then another lackluster performance unfolded with a 1-1 draw at home to Wolves followed by Championship outfit, Derby County, managed by Frank Lampard, causing an upset in the League Cup third round by defeating United on penalties at Old Trafford.
Prior to Saturday’s clash away at West Ham, during the week, both Mourinho and midfielder, Paul Pogba were in the news for their apparent spat during training which was caught by the sky sports cameras at Carrington. This appeared to overshadow the game and could have had a big impact on the team as United were brushed aside by the Hammers, with the home side winning 3-1.
Now, Jose and United are in a situation where they must win every game that comes their way. Mourinho’s obvious cautious tactics have continued to be on show and are clearly not working and do not suit a club of Manchester United’s stature.
Firstly, United entertain Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night. This is a big chance for the players to ease the pressure on their manager but also to produce a performance for themselves and the fans. In addition, with the club already having a mountain to climb as far as the top four is concerned, staying in the Champions League for as long as possible is imperative.
Their next league fixture is on Saturday against Newcastle United at Old Trafford which is another must win for the Red Devils. League form must improve quickly for United not only to keep in the hunt for finishing up the table but also to save the manager’s job.
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