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5 reasons why Jose Mourinho could be sacked by Manchester United

Sam Curran
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Manchester United v Sevilla FC  - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Mourinho has had plenty of critics this season

After Manchester United were knocked by Sevilla in the Champions League, Jose Mourinho was widely criticised for playing such a negative style of football. That's not the first time Mourinho has come under scrutiny this season.

Although United currently sit a very credible 2nd in the Premier League, their season has been hampered by a series of poor performances, such as that against Sevilla which saw them dumped out of the Champions League. That means that United can now only the FA Cup this season and that's not guaranteed considering Spurs and Chelsea are still in the competition.

Understandably, Mourinho has been under increasing pressure this season, amid numerous falling outs with players and reports of dressing room unrest. This is nothing new to the Portuguese however as, despite his unquestionable success as a manager, his spells at clubs often end in acrimony.

In Spain, when he managed Real Madrid, Mourinho eventually got sacked after falling out with the board, which also happened in his two spells at Chelsea. It is possible that Mourinho may be sacked at the end of the season, should the Reds finish the season trophyless.

With that in mind, this article lists the 5 main reasons Jose Mourinho could be sacked as Manchester United manager at the end of the season.

#1 Poor Performances in Big Games

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League
Sanchez was a peripheral figure in United's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham

Though United have a much-improved record against the 'Big Six; this season, they have still played poorly in a number of big games.

In the defeats to Spurs (2-0) and Manchester City (2-1), United offered very little going forward. At times in these games, it felt like more of a friendly such was the lack of attacking threat from Utd's players.

They were particularly abject in the defeat to Spurs, meekly surrending after they conceded 2 calamitous goals. In the defeat to City, despite playing at Old Trafford, United adopted such a defensive approach that they were like the away team. This would never have happened in Sir Alex Ferguson's time at the club.

The players have to take some of the blame for the poor results, but Mourinho is arguably even more culpable. His negative tactics stifle the attacking players which also erodes their self-confidence. This lack of confidence was painfully evident against Sevilla.




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Sam Curran
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Huge Manchester United fan hoping the club will return to their former glory. I write a variety of articles about football including historical articles, my take on current football issues and lists (i.e. 5 players who regretted leaving Manchester United).
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