When Jose didn’t come out to speak to Manchester United’s official club channel MUTV, I got deja vu as he did the same at Chelsea last season and it’s a sign.
Before Jose used to be clever with ‘bending the rules’ but in sending out Rui Ferreira to speak to the press, it was clearly Jose speaking through him and what we got was Jose blaming the ref for United’s failings. On another day Darmian may have got the penalty and Herrera might not have got a red but that’s how it goes. The ref didn’t make Zlatan miss all those chances, or make Tom Heaton play out of his skin.
It’s normally season 3 when his head starts to wobble but it’s started in month 3 and you just get the feeling that he isn’t sure what he’s doing. Even the decision to bring Schweinsteiger back in from the wilderness has a ‘clutching at straws’ feeling to it. At the start of the season he was consigned to training with the youngsters, kicked out of the first team dressing room and wasn’t featured in United’s club picture but he’s suddenly reappeared? Even more confusing is the decision to leave Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who was one of Europe’s most effective players last season, out in the cold.
United are 5 points worse off then they were last season at this stage whilst Chelsea are 10 points better off, and that says a lot about where both clubs are going.
This is his lowest win percentage after 10 games at a new club and things are looking bleak for the Portuguese manager.