Salford City co-owner Paul Scholes recently described Man Utd manager José Mourinho as a ‘lonely man.’ With the current state of affairs at Old Trafford, Scholes’ description doesn’t seem too off the mark. Is Mourinho really a lonely man or is it the manner in which he runs the team that has prompted the Englishman’s scathing words?
While it is known that Mourinho has had rather ‘public‘ incidents with his star players and things have not been as picture-perfect as press conferences may have us believe, what is now hard to understand is Mourinho’s statement that he is unable to get the best out of his players. On asked about the Palace game at home, he said,
“You must play with brain and also with heart and I think not enough heart. We didn’t have that intensity that in my opinion is basically related with your brain, with your heart. There are games that are special games and not just one more, and this was a special game.
It was the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December and a game we needed to win, and it was not enough from the heart. If we play with the same philosophy against Young Boys then we won’t win.”
Scholes’ criticism of Mourinho
Scholes minced no words while criticising Mourinho’s game plan and tactics with the latest coming on the eve of their Champions League fixture against Young Boys. On being asked about the Portuguese manager, Scholes told BT Sport,
“He seems like a lonely man at the minute. He seems the man stuck in the middle of everything. He’s fallen out with the people who are trying to buy players, he’s having a pop at his players. He seems a little bit alone in the middle of it all at the minute and the way his team is playing it seems that way as well.”
At seventh place and 14 points adrift of leaders Man City after 13 games into the season, United need to up their game if they want to dream of a Premier League title and the Champions League. An injury time winner from Marouane Fellaini ensured that United pocket all three points and move into the last 16. A face-saving victory is the least anybody could ask for, but a win is a win nonetheless. Let’s hope to see more of United and strong performances against key teams Arsenal and Liverpool before the end of the year.
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