Before the season began, Manchester United were one of the hot favourites to win the English Premier League title. At some point, everyone said the Portuguese has always won the league title in his second year. Unfortunately, he isn’t even expected to win it next season. Such is the way things can really change in football.
No disrespect, Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers the football world has ever witnessed. He may be referred to as having a ‘defensive’ approach, but his record is up there, and not even Guardiola has matched his enviable record as a manager.
Having won almost everything in the game, it may be time for the Portuguese to call it quit at 55 – two decades younger than Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot retired from the game.
At this point, Jose Mourinho should have known that his quality has dipped; opponents no more fear his side as was the case five, ten years ago. Following his La Liga win in 2012, his sides haven’t been so impressive barring his 2015 Chelsea side who still crashed out of the UCL round of 16 in the same year they won the league title.
It is a well-documented fact that Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are more of eternal enemies than friends. However, the Portuguese manager has been lowering his standards and sooner or later he might find himself fighting for scraps with smaller teams in the Europa League like Wenger.
These days, United players are not so marque as the days of Ferguson when you can pick start studded first XI team. Very few United players will feature in the teams of clubs like Man City, Bayern Munich, Madrid, Juventus, and Barcelona.
The Special One needs to find solutions to his managerial problems before his pedigree comes so low that he becomes the heir of his infamous rival – Arsene Wenger. Hence, the Sevilla defeat might be the beginning of worse results to come.