Three years ago today Jose Mourinho parted company with Chelsea (for a second time) by mutual consent. I would love to see Jose Mourinho part company with Manchester United on this anniversary.
I listened to Mourinho’s post-match interview in which he did a good job at avoiding saying “No,” without actually uttering the word “No,” when Geoff Shreeves from Sky Sports asked him if he had the support of his players. Mourinho adopted the defensive approach he used to be a master of and asked Shreeves if he was suggesting that the United players were dishonest.
“Are you calling the players dishonest? I believe they are honest, and you believe they are dishonest. A football player has to give their all every day, their maximum every day, it doesn’t matter who the manager is. The club that pays him, the fans that are for 24 hours every day in love with the club, they need to respect that. If the players don’t do the maximum, then you call them dishonest. I do not call the players dishonest,” said a visibly frustrated Mourinho.
In the lead-up to our Premier League game away to AFC Bournemouth on 3 November 2018, Mourinho said: “We want to get back to winning matches and we want to start picking up points as we look to move up the Premier League table. I believe at the end of December we will be in a completely different position in the table.” After our 3-1 capitulation yesterday to our fiercest rivals, Mourinho had the audacity to say that Manchester United can still finish fourth despite falling further behind the Premier League’s pacesetters. We are now sitting in sixth place in the table with a mediocre 26 points after 17 games, 11 points adrift of Chelsea in fourth place and 19 points behind the leaders, Liverpool. This is our worst points total at this stage of a top-flight season since 1990-91 when we finished sixth with 60 points.
“Can we win the title? Of course not. But we can still finish fourth. It’s not easy but for sure we are going to finish in the top six,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. Top 6? Are you for real Mourinho?
The way you have us playing is stifling. You are strangling the life blood out of English football’s greatest ever club and I hate to admit it but you are making us a laughing stock with other fans.
You are! United, once the most feared and revered football club in England, is now the brunt of so many jokes and it saddens me. I love United, I always will but I do not love your style of play.
You were right when you said: “Liverpool is a better team. They are a better team than us.” But Sir Alex would never have admitted that. And as much as it hurts me to admit it, Liverpool are better than us this season but then again so are the other four teams sitting above us in the Premier League table.
Take a look at the League table and one point behind us is Wolverhampton Wanderers and a further point back is Everton. So Jose do you still think we can finish in the top four let alone the top six? Wake up and smell the coffee for crying out loud!
Five managers followed in the footsteps of Sir Matt Busby, the Father of Manchester United, Wilf McGuinness, Frank O’Farrell, Tommy Docherty, Dave Sexton and Ron Atkinson, before Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United. Who really knew that when Alex Ferguson left the industrial, granite city of Aberdeen on 6 November 1986 to take over the helm of an unsteady ship at Manchester United he would go on to lead a sleeping giant to success on an industrial scale and have his own image carved in the form of a statue which now proudly stands in front of a stand named in his honour at Old Trafford, his home for 261⁄2 years of a trophy laden managerial career. It is easy to look back now through Lancashire rose-tinted glasses and
appreciate that in the Boss we were observing a legend in genesis but it took almost four seasons before United placed a foot on what proved to be a never ending ladder of trophy success. Since Sir Alex retired after guiding us to a 13th Premier League crown in season 2012-13, four men have attempted to follow the path he put us on – David Moyes, Ryan Giggs (temporary charge), Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Let’s hope history does indeed have a habit of repeating itself and Mourinho’s successor will create a new dynasty at Old Trafford to mirror the empire Sir Alex created in Manchester.
When asked for his thoughts about Mourinho, Eric Cantona said: “Jose Mourinho is a great manager who has won a lot of things and will win more trophies but I don’t think he is the right man. United has a philosophy, a soul. Now they play not to lose instead of playing to win.”
If you, like me, had the courage to listen to the autopsy of our performance against Liverpool by the Sky Sports pundits yesterday then one man summoned up what he thinks is the problem at Old Trafford at the moment and he echoes the thoughts of so many United fans.
That man is Gary Neville, a United legend who gave everything for the world’s most famous football shirt and who like me, is hurting right now. “The Boardroom is so naive. It’s unbelievable. But on the manager (at this point the host of the show interrupted Gazza but he just said “Can you let me finish? and continued). They are so naive to give him an extended contract knowing the cycle of Mourinho with three years.
The third year is always the difficult year for him. So 18 months in, he is second in the League and he has won two trophies in his first season, the players are happy with him. At that point, is the point to hold your nerve and keep him hungry in that third season.
The minute he came back from pre-season he was at it. And the club lost control. And there isn’t that experience or knowledge in the football club above him to be able to manage him and control him and handle him. It will cost an absolute fortune to replace him.”
Mourinho has said some strange things of late including some Manchester United players care more than others so I decided to take a look back over some of his famous quotes and offer my response to them.
“Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I’m European champion. I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one.”
MY REPLY: Utter arrogance. I still remember you running down the Old Trafford touchline when you were the FC Porto manager.
“I am José Mourinho and I don’t change. I arrive with all my qualities and my defects.”
MY REPLY: I have witnessed your defects. I do not see your qualities. “Fear is not a word in my football dictionary.”
MY REPLY: I so totally fear for my club under your management
“I have a problem, which is I’m getting better at everything related to my job since I started.”
MY REPLY: Take a reality check Jose. You have been going backwards, literally!, for a few years now.
“I have nothing, nothing to say. Nothing, nothing to say. Nothing to say, I have nothing to say. Nothing to say, I am so sorry, I have nothing to say.”
MY REPLY: I have nothing to say either – well except Go Now!