Manchester United have been underwhelming lately. To be fair, the Red Devils have been underwhelming since Sir Alex Ferguson left the helm in 2013.
The team has had to go through four managers since that time and although Jose Mourinho has been the successful since Ferguson, there is strong case to be made for the dismissal of the Portuguese.
On Saturday, December 1, United played a 2-2 draw away at Southampton and and before that, needed a late Marouane Fellaini goal against Young Boys to make it to the second round of this season's Champions League.
Those two games are just examples of larger problem and Manchester United need to let Mourinho go if they want to recover lost glories.
1. Mourinho's football is not good for the times
It so often happens that in football, a team that attacks, normally wins. Indeed, it is the cliche that the best form defence is to attack.
This is not Jose Mourinho's thing to do. He likes to grind out results but unfortunately, he is competing with top European teams that will come at you.
JUventus, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and even the Chelsea of these days think more about scoring goals and not primarily about preventing goals.
2. He has not had success in the transfer market
Mourinho loves to complain that at other big clubs in Europe, their higher-ups support the manager in the market. But what Mourinho has done with his chance has not been the best.
Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Bailly and some might argue Lukaku, have been great. With the story of the likes of Fred, Matic, Dalot, Lindelof and Mkhitaryan, one would struggle to defend Mourinho.
His insistence on keeping players like Young, Smalling, Jones, Darmian and even Lingard, is hard to understand.
3. The man cannot acknowledge his faults
There is some thing very difficult with living or working with someone who cannot acknowledge their faults. The cause of the problem is always someone else.
Mourinho has attacked his players in public and fought what he believes is unfair media coverage of him and his team.
The man has never for once at United conceded that his tactics or team selection could have caused a defeat.
4. The players are not playing for him
After the game against Southampton on December 1, Jose Mourinho was thought to have called Paul Pogba "a virus" who does not respect his colleagues and play for the team.
Most people will either take Mourinho's or Pogba's side on this. But the question, how do you get to a point where the most expensive you have ever signed does not feel like playing for your team?
Mourinho has had similar problems with the likes of Martial, Shaw and Pereira. It cannot be coincidence.
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