The world has fallen apart in just a few days for Jose Mourinho. From defeating archrivals Liverpool to crashing out of the Champions League following an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Sevilla, days have been pretty difficult for the Portuguese manager.
A man of strong integrity, Jose made it very clear he only means business after taking over the mantle at Manchester United. He made a strong impression at Old Trafford in his inaugural season as he went on to win the Europa League and Carling Cup despite having a shaky campaign overall but this season hasn’t been the same.
In this season too, he was supposed to deliver as United are believed to be one of the top contenders of the English Premier League title. But despite bringing the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic Mourinho has failed to drive his team anywhere near to Manchester City who has been pretty dominant under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.
The free-flowing passing football has been the centre of attraction as Manchester City are currently 16 points clear of their noisy neighbours at the top. Guardiola has been pretty solid and accurate with his strategy and the Sky Blues are also one of the favourites for the coveted UEFA Champions League title.
Mourinho has been pretty vocal since taking charge at the Old Trafford and has publicly criticised a number of players including Luke Shaw. He recently repeated the antics when he hit out at Shaw following United’s 2-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup.
The manager signed a contract extension in January which runs till 2020 making him the undisputed leader at the Old Trafford. Rumours have been hovering around about his future but the club hierarchy seems to be pretty happy with the club’s performance so far.
United are sitting pretty comfortably in the second position in the Premier League while they are also in the FA Cup semi-final where they are scheduled to meet Tottenham Hotspur. There has been a transition period going on since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and Mourinho has been trying hard to build a squad to justify his image.
The balance of power has shifted to the blue part of Manchester in the last couple of years but United fans would surely be hoping to be back to the forefront with the help of Jose Mourinho.