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Jose Mourinho as the manager.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the talisman.

What is wrong with Manchester United?The most expensive signing in Paul Pogba and England’s golden child Marcus Rashford. Anthony Martial is one of the most talented youngsters in football and he was certainly a lifeline for United last season.

Jose usually gets it spot on in the first 2 seasons and in the third it all tends to go downhill but perhaps he’s doing it in reverse and the next coming seasons will see him lead Manchester United to the top. With the managers available Jose was the best available and he is arguably the second best manager in the world but it could be questioned if he is right for Manchester United. In my opinion Jose Mourinho given time and resources can and will make Manchester United great again.

Manchester United seem to be missing that dominant midfield, a player willing to get around the park and do the dirty work. Over the past few seasons United have spent almost £200 million on their midfield with of course Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.

The last time Manchester United won the Premier League, their midfield consisted of Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and Tom Cleverley. Not the most expensive midfield but one that had Paul Scholes as the talisman and play maker, the ever-reliable Michael Carrick and two workhorses Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley.

Jose’s treatment of another midfielder, German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger set the tone for his reign as Manchester United boss, players who he likes will be taken under his wing and those he is not too fond of will be shunned and pushed out of club (or locker room).

The same can be said about Juan Mata but the stats say, points won in the Premier League by United this season:
• When Juan Mata starts: 13/15
• When Juan Mata doesn’t start: 1/12

If Jose is going to continue to ignore form and performance for, stars and ‘his players’ then he needs to get the best out of them and get them performing. The exclusion and humiliation of Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not only baffled fans and pundits but I believe has also been another downfall for Manchester United.

Known for his hands-on approach and excellent man management with the ability to bring the best out of his players, Jose seems to take a different approach in Manchester as not only stands back often at training to watch from afar, he regularly leaves the squad to assistant Rui Faria while he works in his office.

But the issues Jose is facing many not be footballing problems but his performance as manager may suffering because of personal problems. Since arriving in Manchester in July, Jose hasn’t found a house to live in and has been staying at the Lowry Hotel in the centre of Manchester while his wife and two children stay in the family’s London home.

Jose has been quotes as saying “For me it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t”. The troubles for Jose seem to continue as he has also charged with misconduct following comments made ahead of their match against Liverpool earlier this month.

There are many issues happening at Old Trafford this season, poor defending, unhappy manager, under performing superstars but Jose Mourinho is a proven winner, who has an extremely talented squad and I’m sure the results will come sooner or later.

Post written by Jonathan Roberts
Blog: missingstudsfootball.wordpress.com, Twitter: @missingstuds

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One Response to “What is wrong with Manchester United?”

  1. Jacob John July 21st 2017 at 10:19 AM #

    Great Post.