Two late goals from Zuniga and Deeney earned Watford a historic win over Manchester United summing up their recent slip in form, heaping more misery in their Premiere League and European campaign, making it three losses in as many games for the Old Trafford outfit.
United went from grace to grass in just 8 days losing to bitter rivals Manchester City and to Feyernoord all who have enjoyed perfect starts to their respective leagues wining all their matches. Until now, United enjoyed four consecutive wins and it seemed that the giant that was fast asleep was finally awake but after a period of sloppy displays, a side that looked well rejuvenated seems well shattered, a team that has no idea what they’re doing and rather hopeless.
Questions have been raised and doubts have been casted over whether Mourinho is the right man for the job or just a Van Gaal in disguise, after all the former was a student of the latter. The Portuguese tactician has been overly criticized for not dropping skipper Wayne Rooney who has been the embodiment of United’s struggle with a string of shaky displays highlighting the English Legend is nothing but a shadow of his former self. It’s hard to see why Mourinho is insistent on a player off form yet he boasts Mata, Mhkitaryan and Marcus Rashford all who can do a better job than Rooney.
When he was handed the united job, Mourinho was not only to raise Lazarus from the grave but also breathe life into a side that lacked creativity, stability and consistency a task that is far from being achieved, in fact it seems the former Chelsea boss has left off from Stamford Bridge just last season.
For a manager that boasts Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David De Gea, Antony Martial et al, Mourinho I supposed to have united at the top, because that’s where they belong but even he has failed to orchestrate the band accordingly the rhythm from united is lost and needs fine tuning.
For starters, Mourinho has to figure out where best to fit Pogba into his team, the most expensive player in the world has struggled for form since his return to the Theatre of dreams, well to be fair to him he did miss pre-season and was fresh from the Euros in France but for a player of his stature you’d expect way more than he has given so far. Pogba seems to be doing too much, like his price tag has gotten to him and is pressured to impress, his evidently unsettled and in dire need of his Manager’s guidance.
The special one by now should know better than to field Fellaini against teams that attack with tremendous pace and probably field Herrera or better yet Daley Blind. Ever since Mour dropped Blind, united have only created 17 chances and have gone on to lose twice and that in itself is a very big statement. Daly Blind is probably the most intelligent player alongside Mata in Mourinho’s ranks and could be very decisive in United’s road to form and the title eventually.
Apart from Rashford, Ibrahimović, Daley Blind, Valencia, Mata and Eric Baily, the rest of the players haven’t quite stepped up yet as they should, occasionally looking clueless especially in the final third. Anthony Martial has endured a slip in form since last season and it comes with no surprise considering the recent split from his wife, something that seems to weigh heavily on his mind and is affecting his performances on pitch. Memphis on the other hand has been reduced to a substitute and still looks like the raw talent united bought from PSV a season.
Mourinho could try the 4-1-5-1 system with Blind as the Defensive Midfielder or alternatively Schneiderlin, Fellaini coming in from Bench as the tea is leading to cover a midfield that boasts Martial on the left Mata, Pogba, Mhkitaryan and Lingard on the flanks to offer speed on the counter attack and Zlatan the sole striker, which would see united attack in numbers, be able to put in crosses in the final third and also see a lot of the ball which would help them create the chances they need. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s experience and leadership could be off use to a young United side chocking from slop displays and pressure from the media, fans and the pundits.
It would be interesting to see how Jose and his Manchester United players turn their misfortunes and rediscover the brilliance we all know they possess and challenge for the title, considering they face Leicester, Chelsea and Liverpool, two of whom they face away from Home, making it harder for them. its definitely too early to talk about the title but Jose still has the fate of England’s biggest and richest club in his hands, a task he knows won’t be easy.