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Why Jose Mourinho's first season at Manchester United has been a failure

Sunday 21st May 2017
Football is one of the few sports or lines of work where so much emphasis is on the manager and on how he/she performs in their role as a manager. To be more specific, what I am referring to here, is Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho, who has managed top clubs such as Inter Milan, Chelsea, and Real Madrid, came to Manchester United after what most in the football world would call an acrimonious departure from The Blues.

After guiding the Stamford Bridge club to the Premier League title, the so-called Special One was shown the exit door for the second time by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The sacking this time for the 54-year old was arguably a lot more damaging as there were strong rumours that there was "discontent" in the dressing room, which is no doubt one of the worst things that can happen if you're a manager.

With this reputation of not being very good with players and rubbing up key players the wrong way, for example, Juan Mata was a player who wasn't treated the best while the pair worked together at Chelsea.

That kind of baggage and having the reputation of being a manager whose teams aren't the best on the eye meant that even for someone as confident and arrogant as Jose Mourinho, the job at Old Trafford is his toughest assignment to date.

United's players last season, despite winning the FA cup after over 10-year wait without lifting the oldest trophy in English football, looked very lost under the leadership of former boss Louis Van Gaal.

As a consequence of that, Jose's United have been in the Europa League this season rather than the prestigious Champions League, something which The Red Devils were accustomed to under Sir Alex.

So, Jose being the man that he is (a serial winner) throughout the season has been left with a moral dilemma. Does he try to win the Premier League and look to give youngsters a chance in other tournaments or does he look to go on a good cup run in the Europa League? Which would bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford, how the fans have been longing for that.

Even for someone like Jose, he has found this conundrum difficult, but the problem is for Mr Mourinho is that if he doesn't win the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm, then despite winning the EFL cup this season will classify as a failure.

It may be harsh to say this some may argue, but this is the realities of the modern day game. Let's not forget that Jose's Manchester United were one of the bigger spenders in last summer's transfer window, with signings like Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it's little wonder why many would view this season as one of underachievement.

The Manchester United of old would try to win every game, and as a fan of United, it's difficult to witness such a defeatist attitude from Jose. Yes, Man United have had some injuries this season but at times the Portuguese manager has bizarrely criticised players such as Luke Shaw.

Many might argue that at the start of the season that Mourinho's objective was to get into the top four and win a trophy, so if they win two and get into the Champions League then surely that's a success.

Such an argument is valid, but surely Manchester United of old, would they settle for sixth place in the Premier League? Jose Mourinho, I know you're side is expected to beat Ajax, but those kids from Amsterdam do possess some talent, you have been warned.

Win on Wednesday, he is seen as a hero by some, lose and he is seen a zero. In my opinion, though, two trophies doesn't paper over the cracks over United's Premier League season which resembles that of the David Moyes/Ryan Giggs era in 2013.

This season has been very close to a failure, but Jose will no doubt get more time if they don't win the Europa League, but if United are in the same or similar predicament as they are in this year, then one surely has to even question Mourinho's position.

I leave you with that thought.
Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.


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