Things aren’t all happy families at Manchester United and the punters propping up the bar here in the Transfer Tavern believe Jose Mourinho needs to turn things around quickly or risk suffering his dreaded third season syndrome almost a year early. Indeed, perhaps that sounds a tad dramatic for a side currently sat in second position, though the tide appears to be turning on the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’.
Amid his constant moans about the money available to him at Old Trafford, there’s one man he splashed big cash on who is yet to fully convince our resident Red Devils. While Romelu Lukaku has bagged a fair few goals since joining the club for £75m over the course of the summer, his performances in big game have attracted criticism from our United-mad punters.
The Belgian – for all his strengths – is only really suited to playing one way, which led us to ask the question, are United better with him not in the team? Their performance against Everton on New Year’s Day saw a floating front line including Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata impress, while also bringing out the best in Paul Pogba, impressing our locals.
Interestingly enough, a large portion of those who voted certainly seemed to think. In fact, a massive 73% believe Mourinho’s side ARE better without their second most expensive player in history.
It makes grim reading for Lukaku, who may be feeling the heat already at the Theatre of Dreams.