We’ve had the excuses from manager Jose Mourinho regarding Manchester United’s fluctuating form. We’ve heard him blame the sunny weather for an average performance. He then cast his net of blame slightly wider to incorporate the referee’s, which was predictable. The oppositions tactics, which was a bit baffling and other clubs attempting to ‘buy the title’ which raised a raised a few smiles.
We’re used to this type of thing from Mourinho, because it’s not just restricted to his current team. When in charge of Chelsea, he blamed the pitch and dusted off another familiar excuse for an airing.
The best player on the pitch Anthony Martial. Now what excuse will Mourinho give for dropping you in the next game.With this kind of football,fans still think Pogba is the problem! He turned Chelsea Fans against one another he is doing it to us.
— Man utd update (@savo222) September 25, 2018
“The pitch was a disaster, so slow, the weather didn’t help too,” the weather AGAIN!
This comment was offered up after Chelsea’s 1-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal in 2015. Nearly a year after that corker, he blamed the same surface for Fellaini’s stunningly awful back pass, which lead to a Leicester equaliser against United.
Back in November 2017, when Romelu Lukaku was struggling to stick the ball in the net, he blamed the lack of a boot deal,
“He needs a brand to give him the right boots. He finished the deal. He is waiting for the right offer.”
– Mourinho’s excuse for Lukaku
Alright, this was tongue in cheek but it serves as the perfect illustration of Mourinho’s fertile imagination and resourcefulness.
He is the absolute master at assembling fantasy to present it as fact. He was at it again in December of the same year, when he said that Lukaku’s goal famine was due to lack of attacking options but this time without the worry smile.
No doubt referring to his clubs failure to sign identified transfer targets but he has received their backing and funds to the tune of £392.55m.
Mourinho continued to wear the expression of a boneless Dog at press conferences. The art of complaining is not to be seen complaining even when you are, this is a Mourinho skill. His droopy mouth and hangover eyes tell a different story to the one that leaves his lips and nothing is quite what it seems.
Defensive managers what a lame excuse… thoughts on players like Ronaldo scoring 60 under Mourinho?? Not a good excuse try again pic.twitter.com/yL7ZsCdcV4
— Bailey #JOSEOUT (@Marcus10i) October 10, 2018
Mourinho has suddenly become, not only a pitiful, jaded figure, under intense pressure but also a embarrassing joke. He’s like an old bearded wizard that has forgotten how to cast a spell. He prowls around The Small Cauldron blaming the quality of the materials at his disposal.
If only the buzzards wing and frogs legs had been fresher, the spell would have been flawless.
United’s ineptitude in the Premiership last term was deemed a success by ‘The Special One’ because United were second and things have deteriorated since then with a series of standoffs, disagreements and rumours of unrest.
The pressure has been rapidly climbing with each loss or abject performance and the vultures have been circling Old Trafford for weeks.
United’s last gasp win against Newcastle reprieved the manager and with the football world looking on, Mourinho declared he was the subject of a manhunt. He said almost looking for sympathy,
“It is the first time I see man-hunting. I can cope with it,
I can live with it. Some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, they are not coping well with it”
– Mourinho after Newcastle win
So, it’s the media’s fault!
I knew it, they sat back watching Mourinho spend all that money without even questioning his judgement. Then they went about there business without involving themselves in the tactics or team selection. Worse still, the ultimate sin! The media didn’t take the responsibility to ensure the players and managers relationship was good.
Pah! What use is the media?
Mourinho kept the theme alive by adding,
“Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch.
Even older players commit mistakes that are not normal.”
– Mourinho on youngster’s commitment
I’m not sure this latest gibberish has anymore credibility than his other equally bizarre comments. It was Mourinho that labelled himself ‘The Special One’ and in doing so, he may have unwittingly unleashed the dogs.
To keep the press off his back, he only had to do one thing, keep winning. He hasn’t and it’s the nature of the defeats that has lead to increased scrutiny.
Manhunt? I’m not sure about that but he has set himself up for a fall from grace but instead of keeping people onside, he rather unwisely alienates them time and time again.
Such is the arrogance of the man, that common sense is normally put to one side. In its place, a baffling combination of pomposity and pretentiousness appear, which irritate and make one loose any sympathy or empathy for the beleaguered manager.
It’s time for Mourinho to look at the man in the mirror and see if it’s time to make a change.