Manchester United are seven points behind table-topping Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. United currently lie in 8th position, and Jose Mourinho’s job has strongly been said to be on the line.
Many believe United are in crisis as the team seem to be struggling to win games. Just after eight games played so far, United have lost three and have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup.
There were strong rumours that Mourinho wuld have been sacked had Manchester United lost to Newcastle, and things went south after ten minutes as the team trailed 2-0. United showed character to come from behind and grab a win late in the second half with three late goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez in the last 20 minutes of the game.
Despite the comeback, Premier League legend Alan Shearer doesn’t think Mourinho can turn things around at the club this season.
“I still don’t see Jose Mourinho being able to just turn it around,” Shearer wrote in a column for The Sun.
“Not while he still has the same defenders to choose from – the defenders he keeps criticising and chopping and changing.
“We should not forget these are the same defenders who had the second best defensive record in the Premier League last season, conceding just one more goal than Manchester City. Yet they are completely different players this season because they are constantly hearing their manager telling them they are not good enough.
“He has killed their confidence – and Saturday was just another example of that.”
Shearer also revealed that some of the decisions Mourinho has made will kill the morale of some of his players.
He added: “Mourinho took Eric Bailly off after just 19 minutes and moved a midfielder, Scott McTominay, back to centre-half.
“At the same time, he left another centre-half Victor Lindelof, who he bought for £31million, on the bench.
“Then at half-time, he takes off McTominay, who I felt sorry for, to bring on another midfielder.
“And he moves two more midfielders, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, into deeper positions. What sort of message is that sending to Bailly and Lindelof?”