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3 ways Jose Mourinho can still turn Manchester United's fortune this season

Suman Dey
ANALYST
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3.37K   //    29 Oct 2018, 21:12 IST

Martial has been the in-form player for United in recent games.
Martial has been the in-form player for United in recent games.

Since Sir Alex Fergusson retired after winning the 13th League title, his immediate successors David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal failed to live up to the expectations of the Old Trafford faithful. David Moyes left within few months of taking the managerial position while Van Gaal had a harsh couple of seasons despite winning the FA Cup in his second season.

When Chelsea sacked Mourinho in the third season of his second tenure with the Blues, there were rumours that the Portuguese had already decided his next destination. Finally the inevitable happened on 27th May 2016 when Jose signed a three-year contract with Manchester United with an option to extend it further one year.

The manager signed four players in his first season with the likes of big name players - Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba. Zlatan was one of the best signings of the season, but Pogba didn't justify his price tag. 

Things started deteriorating in the latter half of Mourinho's second season. The Portuguese not only failed to win any silverware but reports emerged of a rift with some of the players. The negativity that crept in last season has continued in the current campaign as well with United suffering one of their worst starts to a season.

They are the currently eighth in the league and already out of the League Cup against a lower division side. Jose has been searching for answers and yet to find his best eleven.

Though the league title is far off at the moment but Mourinho could still save the season with few changes on his behalf.


#3 Buying a right winger in January

Sanchez is struggling at Manchester United.
Sanchez is struggling at Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho's issues with a quality right winger persist since the last season. When Alexis Sanchez decided to leave Arsenal, United fought out with City to get the services of the Chilean. 

But Sanchez is yet to show the form he did at Arsenal. Being a left winger, he has failed to adjust in the right wing position which has led Mourinho to either try Mata or Martial in that role but neither prefers to play in that there.

 Rashford has been used quite often as a right winger, but that means United will have one option less in the striking role which puts further pressure on Lukaku who is out of form.

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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