Was Jose Mourinho right about Manchester United all along?
After a dismal performance against Newcastle United put The Red Devils’ manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer under tremendous speculation by Manchester United supporters, we look back at Mourinho’s predictions about the club.
Last year, Manchester United made a glorious comeback to win 3-2 at the Old Trafford against Newcastle United. That was when ‘The Special One’ Jose Mourinho managed the team.
On October 6, 2019 though, the Red Devils suffered a disheartening 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United. And this time around, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the one seeking answers from the team. Unfortunately, he was nowhere to be found, choosing to shy away from the paparazzi instead.
By comparison, Mourinho always had his answers ready for the media that came knocking on his door, even while he saw an exit from the club during the 2018/19 mid-season. When asked about the moments he cherished in his career, he stated his biggest achievement was to finish second in the Premier League with the club during the 2017/18 season.
At the time people laughed at and slated Mourinho for saying this, turns out he was spot on. The Special One for a reason pic.twitter.com/qUkaEdQA2a
— ً (@afchamza) October 6, 2019
We run back through some of Jose’s words of wisdom that could prove useful for Ole during his downfall.
Manchester United tasted a sweet 4-0 victory over Chelsea during their first Premier League 2019/20 clash. At the time, it seemed the team were back on track, but last Sunday’s bitter defeat at the hands of Newcastle United underscored how far off they are.
Mourinho had once claimed Andreas Pereira to be a disappointment for the club. During his tenure, Andreas bagged many opportunities to play for the Special One’s starting XI but failed to impress. Now, Ole’s adamancy to give Pereira a spot in the first team could come back to haunt him.
POG-BACK OR POG-BAN?
Another criticism levelled by Jose was aimed at the Red Devils’ most technically gifted player — Paul Pogba. He had called him a world class player, but also mentioned that Paul created bad vibes in the dressing room.
The tiff between the duo flared up when Mourinho made a none-too-complimentary comment to the French mid-fielder during the 2018/19 season.Now, Solskjaer too has started to see Pogba’s talents go to waste with his recent performances, and an ankle injury only make matters worse.
As push came to shove, the manager had to trust Scott McTominay to fill the shoes of the Frenchman. McTominay was tagged as a Special Character by the Special One and lived up to that billing on Sunday, but he could only do so much while playing the role of two players on the pitch.
SACKED IN THE MORNING?
Man United manager win percentages since Sir Alex Ferguson retired:
Jose Mourinho – 58%
David Moyes – 53%
Louis van Gaal – 52%
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 48% pic.twitter.com/DPadDYayce
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) October 6, 2019
Some of Mourinho’s predictions have already come to life and while Manchester United continue to locate and plug the team’s loopholes, Ole’s feet tremor with anxiety for what the coming tides will bear.