Saturday, 1 September 2018

I Mourinho to blame for Manchester United's drop in form

     Much has been made about the third season curse of Mourinho following a dismal start to the 2018/19 season. Manchester United have just three point from a possible nine points at the beginning stages of this season, losing two and wining Leicester on the opening day of the season. 
   It all started well for Manchester with a win on the first day of the season at home to Leicester. It went downhill after that with a very disappointing loss away to Brighton hove- Albion where the red devils seemed to be in all sorts of disarray. The 3-2 result against Brighton might seem like a snatch and crab from for people who didn’t watch the match considering the stature of both clubs but Brighton were deserved winners of the match.
          The match at home against spurs on Monday night offered an opportunity to bounce back from their disappointing display at the Falmer stadium. The host had a few chances to take the lead in the first half and missed it, most notably Lukaku failing to hit the target with the keeper out of his way.
       Things went from bad to worse in the second half when a header from Harry Kane hit the back of the net and two minutes later Lucas Moura scored to give the away side a comfortable two goal cushion. The match was put to bed on the eighty-third minute when Moura dribbled Chris Smalling and put the ball past David Degea for his second of the night and the third for the visitors.  The result condemned Manchester United to second straight defeat with three points out of a possible nine with the coach and the players under pressure.
   A lot of the blame has been put on Man Utd head coach Jose Mourinho for such a horrible start to the season but a critical look at the two losses would show rather that the players had let the coach down.
Their loss against Brighton & Hove Albion was down to a horrible display from the team especially in the midfield. Nemaja Matic was injured so the trio of Pogba, Fred and Andreas played in the center of the pack for the red devils. They couldn’t stamp their authority from the beginning of the match, Fred failed to control a pass from Degea which led to a goal, Andreas was invisible in the match and Pogba, the main super star in the team produced a horrendous display, making a lot of unforced errors.
Paul Pogba vs Brighton:
15 - Misplaced passes (most on team)
6 - Dispossessed (most on pitch)
6 - Fouls (most on team)

      They did play better against Spus, attacking from the beginning of the match, creating chances, all of which were lacking against Brighton. The lack of clinical finishing from their attackers especially Lukaku meant they went into the break without a goal. The defense seemed to fall asleep in the second half conceding three goals in the process, the first two goals coming within two minutes of each other. The defense was suspect in the second half with only Shaw being able to display an OK performance amongst the defenders. Phil Jones lost Harry Kane in the box during a corner kick routine leading to the first goal of the night, they failed to pick up Moura in the box for his first of the night and Smalling was dribbled all to easily by Moura for his second of the night.
      With such horrible displays from the players one can find it hard to blame MOU for his player’s inability to execute his tactics flawlessly. A  game against Burnley tomorrow with some key players like Sanchez and Matic available for the coach to use, Utd and Mou would like to get the season back on track and the destroy the Jose third season self destruct myth.

Do you think Utd Can deafeat Burnley away?