Jose Mourinho is under pressure.
After the performance at West Ham on Saturday, Paul Scholes said he was surprised the Manchester United manager wasn’t sacked.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League match, Scholes added the opinion that Jose Mourinho was ’embarrassing’ the club.
Never one to accept fault easily, after drawing 0-0 with a very average Valencia side, Mourinho claimed that his team ‘don’t have the technical quality to build out from the back.’
Considering Jose Mourinho inherited some top class players AND has spent around £400m in these past two and a half bit years since he arrived at Old Trafford, that was a startling admission.
To match Manchester City’s spending and yet have such a limited team, surely there is only one person to point the finger at…
Whilst Jose Mourinho has a net spend on players of around £315m since arriving in May 2016, in the same period Rafa Benitez has actually made a net profit on transfers of some £25m+.
Yet certain sectors of the media want to give Jose Mourinho an easy ride and not challenge his excuses, whilst at the same time asking why Rafa Benitez isn’t doing better with his severely underinvested squad.
The two teams meet on Saturday and based on Manchester United’s form, Newcastle should have every chance of getting something, but with such a stranglehold from Mike Ashley and insistence of transfer profit, the options at the front end of the pitch are woeful for Rafa.
The last four matches have seen Manchester United lose 3-1 at lowly West Ham, draw at home to Valencia (14th in La Liga), lose at home to Championship side Derby (on penalties) and draw with Wolves at home.
Since winning on the opening day of the season, Jose Mourinho has seen his team fail to win a match at Old Trafford in any competition, an eight week period.
There appears to be a feeling that Jose Mourinho might want to be sacked and that a growing number of Man Utd fans want to see that happen, maybe a Newcastle away win can make everybody happy…if Rafa’s team can discover a goalscoring touch.
Jose Mourinho after drawing 0-0 with Valencia:
“We tried to play but in some crucial positions in the building up phase, we don’t have the technical quality to build out from the back.
“Some improvements in our performance. I accept the result as a fair result. I told last season to finish second was phenomenal and I don’t say more than that.
“The players they tried, they raised the level of their effort and intensity.
“I don’t need to know what he (Paul Scholes) said.
“He said what he wants to say, I’m not interested, honestly, I’m not interested.
“Freedom of speech, free country, you can say what you want.”