Is Man Utd progressing under Jose Mourinho?
As Manchester United turn their focus from a disappointing Champions League departure towards the FA Cup, we asked the Soccer Saturday pundit if the club had been progressing under manager Jose Mourinho.
Charlie Nicholas: The answer this season is a big no. How they sit in the Premier League is much improved, but they’ve spent an absolute fortune to do that. They won two trophies last season and they’ll be lucky to get one this year.
Have any players improved under Mourinho? Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof haven’t, Pogba has gone backwards, Lukaku has been okay, not breathtakingly good, but his return has been what you expect.
Watching them midweek, if you asked the fans, 90 per cent would say they haven’t. There’s no fluency and I’m not talking about a style because what they had under Sir Alex Ferguson was a winning mindset and the pace players like Ryan Giggs, but even the players they do have aren’t fitting together.
It said everything that the fans booed Marcus Rashford coming off against Liverpool. A lot of the blame goes to Mourinho, but to the players as well. Pogba has switched off, Anthony Martial has let his level drop after being moved to the right and the defence has been all over the place because they’re not following orders.