It’s been a tumultuous start to the new Premier League season for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. The former Chelsea boss is under pressure after the Red Devils were defeated by both Brighton and Spurs in successive top-flight fixtures and he needs to turn things around quickly at Old Trafford. Can the ‘Special One’ bounce back from his latest setback and help guide his side to silverware this season?
Mourinho not everyone’s flavour
Jose Mourinho wasn’t a universally popular appointment at Manchester United but he helped guide the club to Europa League success during his first season in charge and although they finished 19 points behind Manchester City, United still finished second in the Premier League under his tutelage last year. His style of football has been perceived as negative by a large section of supporters and their poor start to the 2018-19 campaign has increased the pressure on the under-fire boss. He needs his side to start picking up results quickly if he is to remain in the dugout.
Following his side’s 3-0 defeat to Spurs on August 27th, he launched into a bizarre rant in which he demanded ‘respect’ before defending his own record at the club. It was his side’s heaviest home defeat since he took charge. With many fans demanding answers for their side’s limp display at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit, Mourinho’s future was in question and he is seemingly struggling to handle the pressure.
United tumble down the betting markets
The betting markets have reacted accordingly with the majority of bookmakers making him 6/4 favourite to be the next manager to leave in the top flight whilst Manchester United have also drifted in the outright market and have fallen behind both Chelsea and Spurs. They can be backed at 50/1 with Bet365 to snatch the title back off their near neighbours. Rivals Manchester City remain the favourites but they also dropped points for the first time this season when drawing 1-1 with Wolves. The Premier League newcomers will face Manchester United on September 22nd and are likely to provide a really tough test for Mourinho’s men. The squad is hugely talented and many fans will still feel confident of a top-four finish. They can still be backed at 15/8 with Paddy Power and their free £30 sign-up bonus is amongst the many 2018 betting offers which offer protection when backing the Red Devils to overcome their sticky patch and return to the Champions League spots this season.
The performances of Paul Pogba have also come under scrutiny from the media over the past 12 months with the World Cup winner struggling for form in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho has been critical of the midfielder in the past and there is a sense of unfulfillment about the Frenchman’s time at Old Trafford. He has been linked with a move to La Liga but fans will be desperate to keep hold of their star asset. Mourinho must continue to find a way to get the best out of the record signing but the pair clearly don’t see eye-to-eye, with Mourinho previously expressing disdain for Pogba’s social media dealings.
Manchester United have made an underwhelming start to the campaign but Mourinho is likely to be given time to turn it around and he must find a way of getting the best out of his squad. The addition of Fred in central midfield should give them more steel in the middle of the park and they still have plenty of options from the bench. The Portuguese coach is feeling the heat but he’s not averse to dealing with pressure and this could prove to be one of his toughest tests yet.