Jose Mourinho’s recent managerial appointment down at Old Trafford was always going to produce something of an enhanced reaction throughout the rest of the English footballing community. Although the enigmatic Portuguese tactician certainly endured something of a torrid campaign with the Blues last term, the former Stamford Bridge hero was nonetheless expected to begin weaving his so-called magic with Manchester United one way or another this season – especially with the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic currently at his disposal.
Yet after witnessing his expensively assembled outfit fail to produce the goods rather dramatically last time out against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, the Red Devils ultimately look far from impressive under their new head coach, with Jose Mourinho himself facing a fair amount of individual criticism in the wake of his team’s distinctly poor league form.
So then – with Manchester United currently sitting a lowly 7th place in the Premier League table with little to show for their obscenely ambitious summer spending plans – is this team beginning to unravel under the once formidable managerial force that is Jose Mourinho, or can the former Chelsea boss serve to improve upon the Red Devils’ collective fortunes in the not too distant future?
Can never understand this fascination with Mourinho. His teams play dull football & off the pitch he's a very poor mans Brian Clough
— Phil Jones (@PhilJones33) October 23, 2016
Annoyed people are doubting Mourinho so soon. Huge job that will take time, and he is best suited. ????????
— StrettyNews.com (@StrettyNews) October 24, 2016
Well, whilst anything can admittedly take place for Mourinho’s side between now and the final culmination of the 2016/17 campaign, Manchester United have seemingly failed to implement their so-called dominance among the English top-flight thus far – with several of their key stars somehow underperforming of late despite the vast amounts of cash spent on acquiring their highly sought after services in the first place.
Paul Pogba ultimately looks nowhere near worthy of his record-breaking £89 million price-tag at this particular stage in the proceedings, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has so far failed to hold down a first team spot among the English game since his summer move from Borussia Dortmund – and despite beginning the 2016/17 campaign in relatively impressive fashion down at Old Trafford – even Zlatan Ibrahimovic has seemingly been off his game for Manchester United in recent weeks.
Yet although the Red Devils playing staff clearly need to take their fair share of responsibility for their side’s distinct drop in form among the English top-flight of late, perhaps the buck must ultimately lie with Jose Mourinho. The so-called ‘Special One’ has achieved an opening record eerily similar to that of David Moyes in the Old Trafford dug-out, despite residing over an arguably superior crop of players than what the current Sunderland boss had at his disposal just a few short seasons ago.
Are Manchester United therefore out of the title race with little hope of re-establishing their once untouchable dominance among the Premier League? Certainly not – but these initial warning signs under Jose Mourinho must not be discredited or ignored. This current Red Devils outfit ultimately look no better off with the 53-year-old Portuguese tactician than they did under the supervision of Louis van Gaal last season, which really isn’t saying much.
If there is any top-flight coach out there worthy of turning this particular wave of poor form around down at Old Trafford this season however, a manager as experienced and as well-versed as Jose Mourinho certainly warrants the challenge. So whilst the Red Devils currently find themselves somewhat down beaten at the moment, it would nonetheless take a very brave man to completely write them off at this distinctly early stage in the season…