Presumably, Manchester United Boss Jose Mourinho is quite the ‘Squidward’ after his side’s shock defeat at the hands of Newcastle in yesterdays late kick off at St. James’ Park.
Notably, the Portuguese boss is yet to win a single game at Newcastle’s ground in his managerial tenure. As if to add insult to injury, Jamal Lascelles’ in a post match interview insinuated United’s inferiority to Arsenal.
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“When you play against Arsenal and Manchester City you can really see their quality and, if you make one mistake or lack concentration, a goal will go in. Today I don’t think they were at it, from the start of the game.”
Pundits all around have reckoned that the Red devils are fast losing the ‘fear’ factor that they once had under Sir Alex Ferguson and partially under current boss in the early stages of the current campaign and its not hard to see why.
As far as the table is concerned, United remain England’s second-best and statistics would suggest that the red devils aren’t as bad as their made to be. With 23 wins, only the blues of Manchester City have recorded more wins than United’s 17 in the league and with 35 big chances missed, it means Mourinho’s men are less wasteful in comparison to Manchester City – who have missed 51 big scoring chances.
So why are Manchester United so inadequate and unmotivated?
Yesterday, The Times published an article by Columnist Tony Cascarino who expressed that United’s problem is that Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are yet to prove that they could play together.
“Manchester United have a fixed point in their striker Romelu Lukaku and are therefore predictable. I feel for Lukaku as it’s not his fault, but United’s formulaic style does not suit Alexis Sanchez.” He argued.
“They have spent all that money but are such a long way from the days of Carlos Tevez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. “If they are to be a success with Sanchez I don’t see how Lukaku fits in, particularly for tough away games.” He added.
United have won two and and lost two in the Chilean’s first four games as a United player and perhaps Tony is on to something. However, you could argue that the signing of Alexis Sanchez has or is brewing up bad blood within the dressing room at Old Trafford.
Of course, The 29-year-old from Chile is no stranger to the dressing room rift as his time in North London was full of rift controversies, so much that, only Shkodran Mustafi wished him well as he left Arsenal for Old Trafford in January.
Granted that this might not be the case at United, chances are that Alexis’ wages could have sparked envy from other players who may feel as important to the club as the former Barcelona and Arsenal player. Pogba for instance has seen his performance dip since the introduction of Sanchez, seemingly attributed to lack of desire as opposed to lack of fitness or general quality.
Whatever might be the case, one thing for certain is the uphill battle Mourinho has to get his team performing as they should.