It looks like a conclusion that has been hastily arrived at just because of some few losses. But it’s not.
Manchester United began the season flying high, but the problems were right there from the moment they appointed Jose Mourinho as head coach.
Here are few reasons why that decision might end up costing the Red Devils in the long run.
Jose needed a rest. Not a job
When Chelsea fell apart in his last few months in charge, it was no surprise to see the Blues sack him.
What was surprising is how the United board started to court the Portuguese almost immediately.
There was an unconfirmed and unofficial agreement between the club and Jose’s management, and we all knew the job was going to be his sooner.
After such calamitous end to his Chelsea coaching career, the best thing he needed was a sabbatical to help clear his mind and prepare for the next job.
It happened with Klopp and Guardiola at Dortmund and Barcelona respectively. (And we can see the results)
But the Special One was in fears he could lose out on his dream job, and he finally saw the moment as his best chance. Definitely a wrong move as traces of the wrongdoings that led to Chelsea’s fall can still found in him.
Chances are that he gets sacked at the Old Trafford again. He wasn’t mentally ready, and has now lost 3 successive games since 2002.
Great team. Questionable tactics
The Manchester City and Feyenoord losses were kind of pardonable, but nobody saw the Watford loss coming. Except you had paid detailed tactical attention to how they struggled against Hull City.
Zlatan has often had to track back often times to carry the ball forward, and we saw how he failed at the Euros doing exactly that.
Pogba is yet to get used to another midfield role, and that was why France also failed to get the best out of him at the Euros.
Rooney is clearly not fit to play behind the striker and would be better off coming off the bench.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is not playing in his preferred position. And is already getting frustrated.
Carrick and Schneiderlin are better options than Fellaini in the midfield due to their ball-holding abilities.
Some United fans are already murmuring about the style of play the team has adapted under the coach, but what was expected of Mourinho when he got signed? Guardiola-esque pattern of playing?
Public criticisms of players and fault-finding
Mkhitaryan, Lingard, and Shaw have all been at the receiving end of some fair share of criticism from the honcho.
The psychological effects that has on players can’t be undermined, and despite the harsh reviews from the coach is true, getting public with them doesn’t help matters.
Others will be next to get the brutal assessments in front of the cameras when results don’t come their way, and that was how the fallout with the dressing room started at Madrid and Chelsea.
United are next!