Jose Mourinho On The Ropes
August 9th, 2018

Mourinho on the Ropes: 5 Improvements He Must Make

Jose Mourinho’s 2018 pre-season with Manchester United has been tough to watch. A debilitating string of performances in the USA has led to Mourinho’s men coming home worse off than before. With the fans void of optimism and the pressure already on, the Manchester United manager cried a sigh of relief upon the team’s homecoming, claiming, “finally, it’s over!”.

Has Mourinho’s toxicity reached fatally critical levels? The manager’s public dismay with United’s transfer policy resulted in this year’s most awkward pre-season moment. The scene between a stale looking Mourinho and an anxious Woodward made for worrying signs for supporters. This marks just one of the many sideshows that have occurred throughout United’s hellish pre-season but luckily for them, Toals have come up with 5 solutions to cure Mourinho’s summer blues!

 

1. Keep Paul Pogba happy

Despite Mourinho’s reluctance to entertain Pogba’s flamboyant antics, the French star is paramount to United’s hopes of success. It has been a love-hate relationship with for player and manager.

Pogba’s playboy antics alongside his recent World Cup super-stardom may prove too much to handle as the french star ascends to god-like status.

Jose Mourinho’s tough love approach seems lost on a player of Pogba’s flamboyant qualities, with both seemingly too stubborn to acquiesce to each other’s demeanours. Pogba’s playboy antics alongside his recent World Cup super-stardom may prove too much to handle as the French star ascends to god-like status. However, if Mourinho can establish mutual common ground, United fans may see much more consistent performances like we witnessed in Russia.

2. Anthony Martial- The Sleeping Giant?

What happened to the player who arrived with a bang during his first season under Louis Van Gaal? A gloated boy-wonder who not so secretly stole the heart of commentator, Martin Tyler. Martial’s lightning quick pace and razor-sharp finishing are reminiscent of a Theirry Henry in his prime. However, much like Pogba, Martial’s career has gone stale at his current employer. The star’s personal life has appeared to dictate his consistency of form; most notably, his decision to go AWOL for the birth of his child during this year’s pre-season. This seems like another ‘kiss and make-up’ act that Mourinho will have to perform in the hope of resurrecting Martial’s devasting attacking abilities once more.

3. Mourinho & Luke: FUTURE BFF?

Luke Shaw’s career under Jose Mourinho has been at best, tolerable, and at worst, despotic. The left back’s struggle with injuries, weight problems and public ousting from his manager has made him the sob-story of football. How can one player receive as much scrutiny as the young full-back has? Mourinho’s man management skills appear to be becoming archaic, as the tough-love approach has reached boarder-line absurdity.

“The left back’s struggle with injuries, weight problems and public ousting from his manager has made him the sob-story of football. How can one player receive as much scrutiny as the young full-back has?”

Tensions culminated last season after a brutal half-time substitution followed directly by a press conference condemnation of the player and his devotion to his craft. However, with a depleted pre-season squad, Shaw has performed well with fitness problems appearing to be behind him. United fans will be hoping the promising left-back can regain form and justify his 30M price-tag.

4. Can He Bet on Fred?

The maestro role at United has been lacking for a number of seasons with an ageing Michael Carrick now retired. However, the recent acquisition of Brazilian midfielder, Fred, may have just solved an intricate problem for Mourinho’s side. With Andrea Herrera failing to convince the Portuguese manager as a suitable replacement to Carrick’s throne, Fred may finally provide the gorilla glue to United’s broken attack. Hopes ride high on the Brazilian becoming Manchester United’s new architect in the centre of the park this season.

5. Sanchez Must Come Good

Ask any United fan last season if they were happy with the club’s lucrative hijack of Alexis Sanchez’ move to Manchester City and most would rank it as one of the club’s sweetest transfers. How joyous it must have felt when the footballing powerhouse of Manchester asserted their financial authority and grasped the Arsenal talisman from the grips of their noisy neighbours.

“Time is money, and the United fans will only have so much more patience for the under-performing number 7”

Disappointingly though, that seemed to be the height of the Chileans’ career at United. With a minor mention of his performance against Swansea City and a goal in the FA Cup semi-final, Sanchez has been unable to capture the form that made him a Premier League superstar at Arsenal. Furthermore, time is money, and with the Chilean sitting on a king’s ransom of a wage, United fans will only have so much patience for the under-performing number 7.

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