Jose Mourinho’s approach to managing Manchester United and his handling of Luke Shaw have been branded “outdated” by BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Sutton.
The Portuguese coach has come in for some heavy criticism over the past week after United’s Champions League exit to Sevilla, with many questioning his approach to games and other citing his poor man-management of his squad – and Luke Shaw in particular.
After winning the Europa League and League Cup in his first season, United are 16 points behind Manchester City in the league with eight matches remaining and will face Tottenham next month for a place in the FA Cup final.
While a measure of success is quantifiable, the brand of football that Mourinho is serving up, as well as his style of management, led Ian Wright to say recently he “would not want to play for Mourinho right now”.
And now Sutton has joined the chorus of doubters about Mourinho’s long-term suitability for the managerial hotseat at Old Trafford by telling the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live: “Mourinho is a changed personality from the charismatic one that first came over in 2004. He is picking silly, personal squabbles.
“Is it disastrous for Manchester United at the moment? No.
“But is this what Mourinho’s remit was, to come in and finish behind City and not push for major trophies? He is rattled.
“He looks across the city, and the style of football they and Liverpool play. This is a guy who first came on to the scene and was regarded as a genius. Now he is looking outdated in the way his team plays and the way other teams play.”
Sutton’s criticisms appear to stand up too: while City have scored 85 league goals this season, United have netted only 58 – the fewest in the top four.
Wright, meanwhile, believes the situation at United is entirely down to Mourinho.
Wright blames the Portuguese for the “doom and gloom” at Old Trafford.
The former England forward said: “You look at the way United play, and the last time a Mourinho team played when you thought it was amazing was his second spell with Chelsea until halfway through the season.
“I don’t know what has happened to him. The club have brought Mourinho in to bring back the greatness. He has spent a lot of money but he is finding arguments with anybody.
“Manchester City are playing a brand of football that is magnificent and United and the players still have 40% in them.”
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