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3 Reasons why Jose Mourinho is no longer the Special One

Nurein Ahmed
ANALYST
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Valencia v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H
Valencia v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Group H

#1 Failure to win the Premier League with Manchester United

Manchester United has been the most successful club in Premier League history. However, since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, the club is yet to win the league title. Jose Mourinho’s appointment in the summer of 2016 was seen by many as the turning point for United's fortunes. Instead, like his predecessors Van Gaal and David Moyes, Mourinho failed to deliver a 21st league championship. He finished 6th in his first season at the club albeit he won the Europa League, and finished runner-up to city rivals Manchester City last season by a whopping 19 points. Mourinho’s third season at United was an absolute disaster and was swiftly relieved off his duties after failing to replicate his success at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter and Porto with whom he won the league their respective countries.

#2 The 3rd Season Syndrome

The name Jose Mourinho has become synonymous in the football world as the manager who can barely last three full seasons at the club. Except for his first spell at the Chelsea, the Portuguese tactician has not been able to see out three full seasons or more at Inter, Real Madrid, Chelsea (during his second spell) and most recently Manchester United.

This begs the question whether the self-proclamed 'Special One' is just a temporary solution to a club’s problem.

#3 Picking fights he cannot win

Few Manchester United fans were not surprised by Mourinho’s behaviour in the media berating the club’s inability to back him in the transfer market. There have been a number of spats with team players including Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba.

Mourinho indirectly went public suggesting players were not fighting on the pitch or most recently when United lost to Valencia, he claimed he did not learn anything from the defeat.

There is fine line between a one-off disagreement with the players or the Board, but his consistent moaning towards the club is a call for indiscipline.

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