Manchester United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night after a tense penalty shootout which finally reached its conclusion when Phil Jones’ tame effort was saved by Scott Carson, and the post-match narrative has been dominated by Jose Mourinho’s future and his toxic relationship with Paul Pogba.
Indeed, Mourinho has never been the most popular figure at Old Trafford, but his dwindling reputation is threatening to reach crisis point after United’s shaky start to the season.
One of the main grievances of the supporters relates to his apparent lack of enthusiasm for the job and his negative demeanour which appears to be causing friction in the dressing room with a handful of key players, including Pogba, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez.
The United squad is stacked with talent and yet they seem unable to consistently produce positive results, and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was eager to highlight Mourinho’s flaws when he analysed both the result and the passive aggressive feud between him and Pogba following their defeat on Tuesday.
“You had £335m of talent out there. If you can’t, with no disrespect, beat Derby with that amount of talent then it’s not good enough.
“Of course Mourinho is to blame. This is his team. He is falling out with players.”
Although it would be premature to call for Mourinho’s dismissal at this stage in the season, it’s fair to say that his failure to connect with the supporters and the players is a legitimate cause for concern.
Despite spending extortionate sums of money on plenty of new players it seems United have failed to take a significant step forward in their development and there’s no doubt that Mourinho is to blame for that.
In this day and age his brand of football, which was once so successful, is becoming increasingly outdated and if he doesn’t tweak his philosophy in the imminent future he will leave both himself and Manchester United at risk of being left behind their title rivals.
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