MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Former Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on October 20, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Both managers had a fair share of deadwood to start off with, Jose brought in a nucleus of players around which he wanted to build the team. Apart from Pogba none of those signings has proved their worth, many of them have already been offloaded. Ole on the other hand has placed his entire faith on the academy and has been instrumental in clearing a lot of the deadwood .His signings thus far have proven to be the only shining light in an otherwise abject rebuild season. Unlike Lampard’s squad, Ole is having to deal with the fact that this is the first-time opportunity for many of these boys, inconsistency is to be expected.
Performances on the field:
Jose’s performances though pragmatic always resulted in United getting a result on most occasions with questionable performances. Towards the end of his time the performances took a turn for the worse and there were days when people questioned if the players indeed trained all week. Ole’s bright start to his managerial journey at United now seems like a distant dream, performances post his anointment as permanent manager have been far from acceptable. The paper thin imbalanced squad of young inexperienced players is today bearing the brunt of the Premier League and social media, the fighting spirit though evident in fragments is all forgotten when the final score does not result in 3 points. A stable defence with a pace-filled attack only works with a cohesive midfield in place, United’s midfield is non-existent.
Mood surrounding the club:
Jose’s “Us against the world” mind set during the 2016-2018 period made it look like progress though slow was evident. Decisions in the summer of 2018 ensured that Jose’s mind set changed to “him versus everybody”. A dark cloud of disappointed circled over the Old Trafford faithful’s and this soon led to his dismissal. Ole on the other hand with his baby faced smile and trust in the youth has tried to bring back the old days of the club. As pleasing as this sounds, it’s the results that decide the mood for the fans at the end of the day.
In conclusion, in a world of instant gratification nobody can survive the wrath of social media. Tottenham and Arsenal’s sacking of managers is today seen as a sign of strength rather than a question mark over management. Comparing Jose’s time to Ole’s rebuild seems like comparing apples with oranges as the methods both have applied during their time at the club are poles apart. Rebuilding requires time and investment and most of all patience which today seems like the only thing fans and media don’t have.
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