What is going wrong for Jose Mourinho and United?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on September 21, 2016
After an amazing Summer and bright start to the season for Manchester United, all seemed well at Old Trafford for Jose Mourinho and his plan to get United back to the glory days, he had the fans on side, the 4 signings he had targeted in the transfer market, and 3 wins out of 3 in the Premier League going into the International Break.
Ever since then, it has all gone down hill for Mourinho’s men, starting with a defeat to local rivals Manchester City, a shock defeat to Feyenoord in the Europa League, which then led to even more disappointment for the fans at Vicarage Road on Sunday. But what really is going wrong for Mourinho so early into his career as United boss.
After 3 defeats in a week, the most obvious thing for the fans to do is to blame the team selection of the Manager, this has been the case amongst the fans of United this week as they all have their own ideas into ways that the team could be improved.
One of the most popular opinions amongst the fans at this moment in time is that club Captain Wayne Rooney should be dropped for the starting 11, due to him being ‘Past his best’ and deemed by many as not good enough to play in the Number 10 position at United any longer.
The number 10 position, just behind the Striker, at United is a position that has a lot of competition, and with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera as other possibilities to play in this position, it is easy to see why so many fans of the Red Devils have become frustrated at the poor form of Wayne Rooney, and why he hasn’t been dropped to allow other very talented attacking midfielders a chance to prove themselves.
Another popular opinion amongst the fans is that Paul Pogba, who has yet to set his mark on United this season, should be pushed further forward into this position, which would give the likes of Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin a chance to play in behind. A lot of possibilities for Jose.
In United’s opening 3 games of the season, they only conceded 1 goal with a settled back 4 including new signing Eric Bailly and Daley Blind, however the 2 week international break has allowed Chris Smalling time to fully recover from his injury to give competition for places to both Bailly and Blind, and given the rise of Chris Smalling to United’s most established Centre back throughout the course of the 2015/16 season, it seems unlikely that he would be asked to sit on the bench and act as a backup.
This gives Mourinho a huge problem in his plans for a settled back 4, that he has so often opted to do at all of his previous clubs, in that does he drop new signing Eric Bailly, who has looked very impressive so far, Daily Blind, who has seen himself adapt into one of the best ball-playing centre-backs in the league, or Chris Smalling, who has been one of United’s best players over the past 2 months? A problem that Mourinho will be looking to solve as soon as possible to stop conceding as many goals as United have in recent weeks.
Just a matter of time
Other fans have looked to take a calmer view of United’s recent bad form, in that it is simply that Mourinho needs more time to get to know his squad and let them adapt to his way of thinking.
However, with city rivals Manchester City winning all of their games so far in the Premier League, it is likely that Mourinho will have to get his squad on board with his way of playing sooner rather if he is serious about launching a title charge this season.