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Three reasons why Manchester United must sack Jose Mourinho

Elvis Ume O
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14.00K   //    28 Aug 2018, 08:07 IST

Manchester United are currently in crisis, with a fallout between Club director Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho over a failure to back the manager in the transfer market. There have also been reports of clashes between manager and player, with Paul Pogba being the chief protagonist, and the Frenchman saying he couldn't speak about certain things out in the open to avoid being fined.

Mourinho publicly stated his desire to bolster his squad with central defensive additions and listed five players on his shortlist including Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld, but the club shockingly failed to sign any of his targets.

United's defensive shortcomings were left fatally exposed in the 3-2 loss to Brighton at the AmEx stadium on matchday two, as Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof put in baffling displays at the heart of the defence, making schoolboy errors which led to all three of Brighton's goals.

Mourinho unsurprisingly had a shakeup in his backline, not starting either of the pairs. Ivorian international Eric Bailly failed to even make the matchday squad. However, their replacements failed to make any improvements, with Smalling and Jones contriving not to offer any resistance to Tottenham's attacks.

The 3-0 reversal at Old Trafford was the worst home defeat suffered by Jose Mourinho is his managerial career, and was Tottenham's best result since a 4-1 victory in 1972 at a ground where they traditionally under-perform (their 21 losses at Old Trafford is the most of any club at a particular ground in the Premier League era).

The loss to Tottenham made the club reach their nadir, and would mount more pressure on Jose Mourinho. There have understandably been calls in some corners for the club to relieve the Portuguese from his duties in the dugout, and such calls are justified. Here are three reasons why Manchester United should part companies with Jose Mourinho.

#3 He has been on a decline over the last five seasons

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Mourinho has not achieved too much in recent years

Without an iota of doubt, Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest coaches of all time. His efforts in guiding FC Porto to an unlikely Champions League triumph in 2004 was a managerial masterclass ranking high up there with the best of the best.

He helped transform Chelsea into the super club it is now in the early years of Abramovic's reign, helping the club win its first league title in 50 years in record-breaking style, and retaining it only a season later.

He also guided Inter Milan to a memorable treble in 2010, becoming the first Italian club to do so, and returned to Chelsea to lift the Premier League title in 2015.

With a total of 25 trophies won, including eight league titles across four different countries, Mourinho has had a Midas touch everywhere he has gone, which he is always quick to remind every one of anytime criticism over his methods arises.

However, a closer look at most of his self-aggrandizement would show that most of those successes came in the earlier part of his career.

Despite having the most expensive squad in football history at that time including two of the three costliest players in Ronaldo and Kaka, Mourinho largely failed to deliver at the Santiago Bernabeu, and did not fulfil his missions of breaking Barcelona's dominance and winning the then coveted 'La Decima'. His second spell at Chelsea was also solid if unspectacular in spite of the EPL triumph.

Of his 25 managerial honours, only five have come in the last five seasons, by contrast, Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery have won 10 trophies each, Luis Enrique and Zinedine Zidane have 9, Carlo Ancelotti 8 while Antonio Conte has won 6 trophies in the same timeframe. Although in Mourinho's defence, most of these trophies were won in leagues where one club was utterly dominant as in the case with Conte at Juventus and Guardiola at Bayern. But it must also be factored in that both men lifted Premier League titles at Chelsea and Man City respectively at the expense of Mourinho with United, and also triumphed in cup finals against him, with Conte winning the FA Cup last season, while Guardiola defeated Mourinho in the UEFA Super Cup of 2013.

Mourinho is no doubt a legendary coach, but his methods have become a bit outdated, and with Mourinho's dominance being on the decline, it would be in Manchester United's best interest to part ways with him.



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Elvis Ume O
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Elvis is an avid football fan, who has followed the sport dedicatedly for over 15 years. His passion lies with the Super Eagles of Nigeria, while his all-time favorite player is Raul Gonzalez. He watches all football matches, but has a bias for international football. He understands that the end justifies the means in football, and results are all that matters, but prefers the results being gotten in an aesthetic manner. His writing reflects the way he lives his life, open-ended, with room for differing opinions. Other pastimes include reading and exploring the world. If you have a passion for the game like he does, connect with him across all platforms and share views.
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