Man United in crisis?: Not the same as it looks!

Written by: Siddesh Iyer 

United in crisis! This is what the media want to make their lead story these days! According to them, Josè Mourinho is the ultimate epitome of egregiousness and the players are labelled as expensive “flops”. But is this really the case? Or is it that we shouldn’t always believe what we see on paper? Now, let us have a look at the actual “Big picture”…



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On paper the following points regarding United’s style of play can be considered,

Last 4 matches at Old Trafford (Premier League): Drawn :4

 Total Shots:91

Goals scored: 3

The lack of efficiency in attack is clearly evident from the stats given above. So what positives can we derive from such a paltry stats line up?


One positive that is glaringly visible is the change in the style of play in an attacking sense in comparison with the ultra defensive tactics that were employed last season by Louis Van Gaal. Mourinho certainly can’t justify the lack of points on this basis but given the amount of chances that have been created, the “bad luck” factor that Josè has mentioned multiple times appears to be quite fair. However, efficiency in front of goal certainly needs to improve given the fact that the Manchester United line up consists of a proven goal-machine in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Another huge positive is the “Passion” displayed on the touchline by Mourinho. Yes, he’s been charged by the FA for his passionate behaviour, including the “kick on the water bottle” incident in the recent draw against West Ham in the Premier League. Some of these bans and sanctions levied on Mourinho can be labelled as extremely harsh given the fact that other managers and players alike have been excused in similar incidents both in the past as well as in recent times. Nevertheless, passion on the touchline is a welcome addition at MUFC after about 2-3 expressionless seasons at the club.


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Last but not the least, we need to come to terms with the fact that the task at hand for Mourinho isn’t a small one! He needs to revive a club right from the scratch and get United back there challenging and winning titles season after season. Yes, managers like Antonio Conte at Chelsea, for example, have taken the Premier League by storm and have their teams playing some explosive football. But, Josè Mourinho isn’t done yet; he hasn’t lost his aura as yet! He is still capable of turning the tables and getting United back to the top, playing some explosive and entertaining football. So, let’s retain our trust in the “Special One” and believe me glory days at Old Trafford are just on the horizon!


On this tragic occasion we at All Out football offer our condolences to all those who have suffered a terrible disaster in the recent air crash involving the Brazilian first division football club, Chapecoense. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Manchester United fans, where do you think you will finish this season? Do you agree with these thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

featured image by Paulo Corceiro

About the Author

Siddesh Iyer
A die hard Man United fan for over a decade now. It's been a journey of thrills and spills, lots of highs and a few lows. A part of AOF for over a year now, I specialize in opinion pieces, FPL and match previews and interviews of some well known names in the footballing world ( Interview of John Dykes on AOF).