He’s won two Champions League titles, two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, four League Cups and countless honours abroad, yet still supporters question Jose Mourinho’s credibility as Manchester United manager.
With the Premier League season just days away, a cloud of uncertainty and doubt surrounds Mourinho – but are fans correct to wonder if this really is the man to bring the Red Devils their first title since 2013 and the departure of the great Six Alex Ferguson?
Since United returned from their pre-season tour, Mourinho’s ideals have been drawn into question once again, with the manager questioning his players and their true desires.
The number of targets he had after their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool knew no bounds.
“Antonio Valencia comes from holiday – I think too much holiday for him,” he said.
“His condition was not good when he came back, then he gets an injury and has to go back.”
This was a move that would only alienate people, given that Valencia captained United last season and is seen by many as a fan favourite.
He also targeted Anthony Martial and the ability of some of United’s young stars.
But these comments were made, in typical Mourinho fashion, straight after an embarrassing defeat.
So maybe he was just doing his usual of deflecting the media away from his side’s on-pitch woes?
His frustrations have been furthered by the lack of signings, or rather a lack of support that chief executive Ed Woodward has given him.
Mourinho made his intentions clear at the start of the summer, stating he wanted four or five new players, but now seems resigned to adding just midfielder Fred, young full-back Diogo Dalot and third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant.
While fans understand the squad needs improving, it is the style of play they are most keen to see change, with Mourinho once again been forced to defend himself from claims he plays ‘anti-football’.
That situation is exacerbated by the blue side of Manchester only going from strength to strength – playing exciting football, winning the Premier League and finishing a whopping 19 points above their rivals last season.
But is it all Mourinho’s fault? Many say not.
United have the spending power to compete with the rest of the league, and need improving in certain areas, so some fans understand Mourinho’s grievances that this hasn’t happened.
Although his methods of management may be unorthodox, he has been successful in any job he’s been in, with United having won the League Cup and the Europa League since his arrival.
Jose Mourinho is not going to change anytime soon.
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