It seems that this season is heading nowhere for Manchester United with another disappointing draw yesterday night in the Champions League fixture against Valencia. Has Mourinho lost the dressing room or is it something else? There seems to be no answer to that with only rumors floating around.
The team was expected to put up a disciplined show and they really tried but failed again. More pressure is mounting on Mourinho and the players with the press putting forward all kinds of uncomfortable questions. They’ve won just four of nine matches in all competitions this season and this has been the worst start for United to a season since 1989-90, where United had 11 points from 7 games in the Premier League.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Mourinho has a divided dressing room at the club. During Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, the football analyst gave a detailed analysis of the problems United have been facing under the Portuguese.
“What I saw at the weekend, every team will have a game like that, maybe two (games) where your character and commitment get questioned but it might only happen once or twice a season.
“We’ve seen this now three or four times in ten games (for United) under Jose Mourinho (and) that’s a worrying thing. And I have no doubt from his comments today at the press conference (ahead of the Champions League fixture against Valencia) when he said ‘some players are trying, some trying harder than others’ that he has lost the dressing room, that’s not rocket science.
“The problem with that is this is the third time it has happened, it started at Real Madrid with (Iker) Casillas and (Sergio) Ramos, it happened at Chelsea (Eden) Hazard and other players there, now there is a talk of a group that is led by (Paul) Pogba at this club. So, there is no doubt that there is a massive problem there.”
United next face Newcastle at Old Trafford on October 6th and it will be interesting to see what they will come up with. This season will be decided soon for United with the games coming up and it will be interesting to see how they react now.
“We need to win on Saturday and we have to do it for ourselves, the staff and most importantly for the fans." #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 3, 2018
Has Mourinho lost the dressing room or not will be revealed soon as United will be expected to win, but this time around, they need to win it with the old flair and clinical show that was the norm a couple of years ago.
They call him the ‘special one’, but is he really special anymore?