Problems Mounting for Mourinho and he Looks Incapable of Solving Them
Is time running out for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United? A 3-0 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur resulted in boos ringing round Old Trafford, and that hit home the size of the problems facing the Portuguese.
The crowd reaction was not aimed solely at Mourinho, who spent over a minute applauding all areas of the Old Trafford crowd – before heading into a fiery press conference.
Mourinho walked into his press conference, made a demand for respect for his achievements, and duly walked out.
Per Sky Sports, Mourinho said: “What was the result? 3-0. Do you know what this means? 3-0, but also means three Premierships, and I won more Premierships alone, than the other 19 managers together. Three for me, and two for them.”
And according to Sky Sports, he exited the press conference while repeatedly saying: “Respect!”
The way for Mourinho to win respect and the backing of the fans is to turn his United side into a winning machine. Sadly for the Red Devils faithful, they look a million miles from that.
After Romelu Lukaku had squandered a gilt-edged chance to fire United in front, they were second best as Spurs scored three second-half goals to consign United to their second loss of the season.
You’d have to go a long way back in the history books, 1992 to be precise, for the last time United lost two of their opening three games of a season.
A neat, headed goal from Harry Kane and two from Lucas Moura sealed the win for Tottenham, and in truth they were full value for the result.
Where United go from here is not immediately obvious. We are in an era of an inflated transfer market, but Mourinho has spent £400 million on signings during his tenure but the Red Devils still look short in a number of areas.
Those areas, at full-back, centre-back and on the right flank were apparent during the summer, but the club failed to release the purse strings and give the manager what he wanted.
Three games into the season and United are paying the price for that.
The players went into the campaign likely lacking confidence, as they would have been well aware of Mourinho’s repeated demands for additions to his squad. If you’re reading comments from your manager that he wants to strengthen his squad, the interpretation is that some of the players currently at the club are not up to the job.
The transfer window is now closed until January, so Mourinho has to make do with what he has at his disposal. Whether that is enough for the Portuguese is not clear, and the murmurings of discontent and agitation bring back memories of his previous exits from the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Mourinho has a stellar track record and his CV is filled with trophies, but they are in the past and the feeling is that he is in danger of seeing the game pass him by.
There’s still time for Mourinho to turn things around, as the Red Devils face Burnley before a break for a round of international games. But the present feeling is not a positive one for Mourinho, the club and their fans.
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