Manchester United’s steady fall from grace since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson has
been the centre of widespread attention since 2012.
All of David Moyes, Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal tried to rejuvenate the Red Devils in the
long term and see them climb back to the pinnacle of Premier League football, but Ferguson’s
shadow still looms large over Old Trafford as a constant reminder of what once was.
Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho always looked likely of one day taking up the Old Trafford mantle and that day came in 2016 as he was appointed Man United boss by the club’s hierarchy.
There were wide hopes and expectations placed on his shoulders in typical fashion and some
success has been gained in terms of results and trophies, but there is still a lingering sense of
doubt among the club faithful and many covering games in the media.
The Red Devils are currently regarded at 3/1 in the Premier League odds from William Hill to rally back from their slow start and ultimately finish in the top four places this season.
But even that looks a sizeable task at the moment, after Mourinho’s men have dropped down
to a worrying eighth position before the most recent international break took over from domestic club duties in the football season.
What has made United’s struggles under Mourinho all the more sickening and harrowing for
supporters is the subsequent rise to dominance of bitter rivals Manchester City, who are currently riding high at the top of the table in search of retaining their league crown under Pep Guardiola.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, the club’s other biggest rivals, are also enjoying a steady rise in recent years and are presently in contention for their first ever Premier League triumph.
That would be a huge blow to Man Utd fans who have had to watch on as their side
struggles for consistency.
Of course, Mourinho isn’t just to blame for poor performances and results. He did ask for players in the summer transfer window, most notably new members in his backline in order to fully mount a serious title challenge this current campaign.
But that fell on deaf ears as Ed Woodward and the rest of the club’s hierarchy failed to delve
into the transfer to find the suitable and most reliable stars to lure to Old Trafford.
It’s not as if the club doesn’t have the funds capable, with it seemingly having been a lack of faith in Mourinho’s choices which caused frictions last summer.
So can the former self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ turn things around at Old Trafford? A Manchester derby defeat to the Sky Blues suggested no before the internationals took over
but there have been more promising and encouraging signs in previous displays.
The Portuguese coach has plenty of experience at the top level to battle out of this Red Devils
rut, with a strong Champions League campaign potentially winning over fans as well, but as
the better results continue to elude them the pressure continues to mount.