5 Reasons why Manchester United need to sack Jose Mourinho now
When you are 2 goals down after 20 minutes in an away game, you can almost hear your heartbeat. Manchester United found themselves in familiar territory at St. Mary's Stadium, when they went a goal down early in the first half.
Stuart Armstrong unleashed a venomous volley that stunned David De Gea and put the Saints ahead. United fans all over the world knew that it was about to get harder. However, even the most pessimistic fan would not have expected what unfolded in the 20th minute. Soares churned up a perfect free kick that had De Gea stranded in no man's land. 20 minutes into the game, the score was Southampton 0-2 Manchester United and maybe Jose Mourinho was partly to blame for the debacle.
The Portuguese shocked everyone when the teams were announced. He had opted for a back 5 with Shaw, Matic, Jones, McTominay and Young!
In the middle, he put Pogba with Herrera and Fellaini, while Rashford partnered Lukaku in a two-way strike force. Perhaps Mourinho was guilty of giving too much respect to a Southampton side and he got just what he asked for within the first 20 minutes.
Yet, the night was long and true to their pedigree, Manchester United mounted another comeback of gigantic proportions against lesser oppositions. With the right amount of raw power and Spanish trickery, United was back in the game by the 40th minute. In the end though, it was not enough as United could only salvage a point.
Nights like these are slowly becoming a regular feature for Manchester United and the club management now have a decision in their hands.
Here are 5 reasons why Manchester United need to sack Jose Mourinho right now.
#5 Outdated style of play
While the rest of the Premier League and indeed the world has moved on to a rigorous passing game that is both pleasing to the eye and effective on the field, Manchester United under Mourinho has moved backwards.
The Portuguese still likes to defend deep in numbers and wants to play results-oriented football. When the results arrive, it makes up for the placid display, but more often than not, United have to strive harder than they should. This season, United lost against Brighton, Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester City, however, the fact that they were outplayed in each of those games is a cause of concern. United also dropped points against Wolves and Crystal Palace at home, both games which should have been won, but for a lacklustre style of play.
Since Mourinho's arrival, United's style of play has hardly improved and the longer the Portuguese stays, the harder it will be for Manchester United to break free of the shackles of his outdated tactics.