The Devil’s Advocate – Is Mourinho’s fire too hot to handle?

The 'Special One' continues to make the headlines irrespective of his side's on-field display.


Jose Mourinho has been like like one of those strict teachers we have in school, very hard on his students yet admired for grinding out results from them. But things don’t seem to be in his favor this time as his best student stands in his line of fire.

Paul Pogba was one of the standout performers for France as the Les Bleus lifted the World Cup for the second time in their history. Despite his recent achievements, the 25-year-old midfielder has been criticized time and again by current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Pogba hasn’t held back as well. When asked about his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, the French midfielder stated that it is more like a professional player-manager relationship.

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However, the strain in his relationship with Jose Mourinho has been the talk of the town for a while with Pogba looking for a move to Spanish giants Barcelona. Following all the transfer news surrounding Paul Pogba, the Manchester United management took huge steps to ensure that the Frenchman stays at the theatre of dreams by giving him the captain’s armband. Pogba however, has undergone more criticism with claims that he lacks leadership skills on the field following a 3-0 home defeat to Spurs.

While the Manchester United faithful have questioned Mourinho’s tactics following back to back defeats to Brighton and Spurs, one man who has backed the “Special one” is former Chelsea defender, John Terry. Terry believes that Mourinho is the man who could bring back the Premier League trophy back to Old Trafford and one reason that makes him the main man likely to do it is his relentless demand of commitment.

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Terry recalls his days with Chelsea when Mourinho was in charge of the Stamford Bridge outfit and asked his players to either give it their all or they would be replaced. However, Terry believes that Mourinho will need time to bring back the lost glory back to the theatre of dreams as he places Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea ahead of Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title. Players like Pogba either would have to adjust to the relentless dedication system of Mourinho or would have to find their way out if things go on like this and as far as players are concerned Pogba isn’t the only player who has been unhappy with Mourinho. Earlier reports of Anthony Martial being unhappy with Mourinho were widespread as the forward took leave from the club’s tour of the U.S.A. for the birth of his child and Mourinho took to the media to get critical about Martial’s conduct and commitment towards the club.

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While most of the pundits believe that Mourinho is the right man for Manchester United, unpopular opinion has it that the 55-year-old Portuguese has lost his zeal to win matches, he has lost his ability to grind out results out of nothing. With success coming very early in his managerial career, the Portuguese has proved himself in a variety of leagues and this has seen his hunger for earning more success diminish lately. However, the red devils did bounce back into winning ways as they beat Burnley 2-0 away at Turf Moor but would that be enough for Mourinho and his men to meet the expectations of the fans? Only time will tell.