Where we were wrong about Mourinho

Where we were wrong about Mourinho

It’s just impossible for Manchester United to get out of the spotlight, am I right? Mourinho is under constant criticism, and every loss seems to edge him nearer to the sack.

Lucky for Red Devil fans like me, this morning we had a good result, managing a 2-1 win over Everton (S0 suck it, Oliver). Pogba scored from a penalty rebound and Martial continued his run of good form by scoring his fourth goal in three premier league games.

And it’s Martial who I want to focus on. Because boy has he made a comeback. Before his goal against Young Boys in the Champions League a while back, he had gone eight months without scoring a goal. During the transfer window, he and his agent made it very clear that he wanted a move away from Old Trafford and had it not been for Ed Woodward, he probably would be plying his trade somewhere else right now.

Martial’s relationship with Mourinho has constantly been in the spotlight, and it’s been a rocky ride. Earlier in the year, he was fined for making it to pre-season training late due to the birth of his child, and he has been under constant criticism from his gaffer, and reports had said that Mourinho was the reason Martial wanted to leave the club.

But here we are, and Martial is flourishing. Mourinho, despite their struggles, is getting the best out of him.

And this isn’t just something we are seeing with Martial. Luke Shaw, another player who Mourinho who has constantly, criticized as not being good enough has been the sole mainstay of United’s defense this season, and was named United’s player of the month for August.

One of the big criticisms of Mourinho has been his handling of Martial and Shaw.

But this is one area we all have to step back from and admit the way Mourinho has handled these two players was the right way.

Admittedly, it is annoying to have these two players only now getting into form in his third year in charge, but better late than never.

I do remain dubious about whether Mourinho is the right man to take United forward, but, at the very least, he has gotten the best out Martial and Shaw. Credit given where credit is due.

 

Why United need to play attacking football

Why United need to play attacking football

Defensive football is atrocious. It’s bad enough that a fan of any club has to sit through the passing around of the ball at the back, but, as a Manchester United fan, with a deep-rooted history in playing attacking football, it hurts just that little bit more.

Playing attacking, attractive, football is the United Way. For 26 years under Fergie, we played (mostly) attacking football.

Attacking football is a part of the club. To not play attacking football, is a disservice to the club’s legacy.

Unfortunately, under Jose Mourinho, we are doing anything but. The football we are currently playing, to be frank, is boring.

And while I could continue to point out how defensive football is a disservice to United, the fact is that playing defensive football isn’t even practical for United

Because as we all know, United’s defense is utter garbage.

Bailly, Lindelof, Smalling, and Jones all do not know how to defend. It’s as simple as that.

But when you look at the other side of the pitch, the options are very different.

Lukaku, Martial, Rashford, Lingard, Mata, and to a lesser extent, Sanchez, make for an utterly mouth-watering front line.

Look, United’s back line is an utter shit show. There is no escaping that fact.

But, United could have a rock solid attacking unit. If we abandon defensive football, acknowledge that we are gonna concede every game, and simply try to outscore our opponents, we might be having a much better time in the game.

With Mourinho on the cusp of getting the ax, this could be his main hope to keep his job.

 

Zidane to United – My thoughts

Zidane to United – My thoughts
Zinedine Zidane reportedly wants to become manager of Manchester United

The past few days have been full of more speculation over Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s future.

Constant clashes with the board, his constant blasting of players, the way he’s treated Anthony Martial, his dull playing style, and his constant complaining is beginning to push Manchester United fans like me closer and closer to the edge.

And now reports are streaming in that the man who guided Real Madrid to three consecutive champions league titles, Zinedine Zidane, is eyeing up the Old Trafford hot-seat.

So here’s what I think.

I really like Zidane. Three Champions League titles in a row are nothing to sniff at. It’s darn spectacular.

However, as much as I am struggling to believe in Mourinho, he deserves a chance.

So, in what case scenario should we get rid of Mourinho and bring Zidane in?

  • If Mourinho does a third season Mourinho like he did at Chelsea, unsurprisingly, get rid of him and bring Zidane in.
  • Should United fail to qualify for the Champions League and fail to win a trophy, get rid of Mourinho.
  • Should United win any sort of trophy and qualify for the Champions League, keep Mourinho.
  • If United fail to qualify for the Champions League but win a trophy, or qualify for the Champions League but fail to win a trophy, that’s when the board has to have the hard talk and figure out which way they want to see Manchester United go.

I don’t have a problem should Mourinho fail to win a trophy this term. Believe it or not, I’m not that addicted to trophies. However, his boring playing style and the fact he’s generally an asshole makes me think that United should look elsewhere, with trophies being Mourinho’s safety net.

For United, this is one of the most important seasons that we’ll see for a while. What happens in the season will set a benchmark, for what the board expects, the style of football we’ll play, and whether we’ll follow Chelsea in sacking a manager every two years. This season is bigger than big.