Manchester United are in a difficult situation right from the start of the season. If Jose Mourinho’s first press conference of the new season had told us that things could be very negative very soon, the beginning of the Premier League campaign proved that right.
The Devils won their opening match, but then lost their next two, conceding six goals in those losses. Jose Mourinho used that to have another of his usual press conferences, demanding respect from the media. Whatever the case might be and whom ever you might be backing, questions about his sack are growing. Currently, United do not plan to sack the manager, but the situation is far from stable.
Chaos Rules At Old Trafford
The thing is quite simple. Manchester United have plenty of problems right now – on the pitch, in the dugout, off the pitch. Jose Mourinho is far from their biggest problem right now. The situation between Ed Woodward and the manager is what is more poisonous for a huge club like United and the way Woodward is leading the club does not see right either. There is no real structure to the way United behave in the transfer market and the squad, thus, looks very imbalanced.
It would be the easiest thing to sack Jose Mourinho. Paying him off would not be a huge problem for such a big club and getting someone new in would inject some new energy. However, just because that is not the hardest thing to do, it does not mean it should be done. There are plenty of mistakes the manager did, but seems even more that the club hierarchy created. So, Manchester United have bigger fish to fry right now. Sacking Mourinho does not seem like it would be a move that would stabilize the club and bring an opportunity to go forward straight away.
What If Mourinho Got Sacked?
Who would the next Manchester United manager if Jose Mourinho was to get sacked? Zinedine Zidane? He seems like the only reasonable option available right now and he just won three Champions League trophies in two and a half seasons as a head coach. So, that makes sense then? Not really. There is no manager of the highest profile right now that would want to inherit this squad – because of its imbalances, lack of options in defence and a midfield that tends to easily go missing.
On the other hand, it does not seem like Mourinho will be able to turn things around. The window just closed and he was not backed and he seems to be losing the touch that he had when he first arrived in England. Sure, he still needs to be respected, as he pointed out, but this is now the time he often pointed out in other managers’ careers – the lack of results.
Thus, Mourinho needs to adapt to a new situation. The club hierarchy is not backing him properly, they seem to be offering Anthony Martial a new long-term contract and the communication between Jose and Woodward is almost non-existent. Maybe Mourinho finds this as another underdog situation he likes so much and turns things around?
Until then, the club needs to sort plenty of other things.