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3 Reasons why Manchester United should fire Jose Mourinho sooner rather than later

Ronnie Evans
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1.09K   //    06 Dec 2018, 11:06 IST

#2 Wrong tactics

Matic has been overworked this season.
Matic has been overworked this season.

The United manager has refused to evolve his tactics in line with the current demands of the game. United have been overly dull and unpredictable this season. United play their best football when attacking.

Mourinho has drilled a system of defending, defending and more defending. A vulnerable team like Southampton scored two goals inside 20 minutes because of Mourinho’s tactics. 

He played two holding midfielders as centre backs. United should have set up to attack at St. Mary’s Stadium. Martial, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard were all benched. Mourinho’s belief in physical players over technical players has been one of his shortcomings. Manchester City play with only one holding midfielder with attack-minded players around him. We all know where City are placed in the Premier League standings.

#1 Results

Manchester United has tasted defeat far too many times this season.
Manchester United has tasted defeat far too many times this season.

Could it be more obvious? Real Madrid sent their manager Julen Lopetegui packing over results. At this stage of the season, David Moyes had better results for United than Mourinho. United’s results in the 2018-2019 campaign have been one of the worst in the last three decades. That alone warrants Mourinho’s sacking at the earliest opportunity. He has been given more than enough chances to turn their fortunes around.

United will likely face a scenario where they will have no option but to fire Mourinho. Only difference is that it may be too late in the season for United to salvage anything. They will still have to pay Mourinho that huge amount that they are hesitant of losing right now. Top clubs know when it is time to pull the plug. Would Mourinho have been on the job if he was at Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City or Real Madrid? Probably not if the same circumstances applied.

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