Back when Jose Mourinho was appointed as the Manchester United manager it was seen as the best combination ever as Jose needed a club to prove himself again after a disastrous 2015/16 season. United also needed a manager to bring them out the mediocracy following 3 horrific seasons
United also needed a manager to bring them out the mediocracy following 3 horrific seasons following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Despite signing players like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer, United are currently struggling with a 6th place in the league table.
So what has gone wrong for The Red Devils? We take a look at the 3 possible mistakes Jose Mourinho has made since coming to Manchester United which is not allowing the 20-times champion to play at their full potential.
Not focusing on Man United’s weak areas
Despite spending over £150million in the summer, Jose Mourinho failed to address the long-standing Man United’s issue of right back, right winger and a world-class defensive midfielder.
Paul Pogba is still crying out loud for a player who can actually give him freedom to go forward and dictate the play for his team.
Full-back positions continue to be an issue for United with Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw struggling to make a mark this season while Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian have not done enough to be considered good enough to play for Jose Mourinho.
Not knowing his best team and best players
Jose Mourinho is still divided between a 4-2-3-1 system and a 4-3-3 as he does not know which players and which formation will suit his team more. One week he wants Pogba to play in the number 10 role and next week he wants Pogba to come from deep and face the goal rather play with his back to the keeper.
Michael Carrick has played 6 matches this season with United winning all of them but the Englishman is yet to get a regular run in Premier League this season. Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford are yet to know their preferred positions which is clearly having an impact on the way United are playing this season.
Insinuating players without a proper reason
To name a few Bastian Schweinsteiger, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling have suffered the wrath of Jose Mourinho’s public criticisms but the manager has often failed to justify his claims.
Schweinsteiger has not kicked a ball for United and was deemed unfit to play for the club. Mkhitaryan is still not 100% and after just 40 minutes of first team action, he has been constantly asked to improve his game.
Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling have been playing on pain killers for last 6 months yet Mourinho decided to bring their decision to not play against Swansea out in the public. We have seen Jose go down that road and it has never ended pleasantly for the Special One.