Mourinho Is Doing More Harm Than Good To Manchester United - Jermaine Jenas Claims


Former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas claims that Jose Mourinho's managerial style is doing more harm than good at the Old Trafford club.

After yet another poor performance from Manchester United, they were lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw away at a struggling Southampton side.

Former top flight professional Jermaine Jenas believes that the away side's display was symptomatic of a wider problem at Old Trafford: the manager.

In his column for 'The Mail on Sunday', Jenas writes:'United were lacklustre for 25 minutes and for the first time this season I found myself thinking they actually don't care....there's no way Mourinho can (or should) make it to the end of this season as United's manager.'

Jenas then proceeded to launch into a scathing review of not only the 'Red Devils' performance, but the general atmosphere that appears to surround the side at present.

He added: 'What are United these days? I don't know what they stand for. I don't know how they want to play. I do know they were out-thought for periods by a Saints team they really should have been able to beat.'

Pundit Jenas also highlighted the manner in which Mourinho appears not to trust players in key areas of the pitch.

It has long been known that the United manager is not happy with the defensive options at his disposal, but Jenas claims that the manner in which he is treating his playerscould spell the end of his time at the club.

Jenas continued: 'A manager transmitting the notion he doesn't trust his players is fatal. Buthe's the creator of this mess because he has been there for more than two years now so he has take responsibility for recruitment. And he also has to take responsibility for the wider performance of the team, or lack of it. Who is consistently playing well for United? Nobody.'

Given the incredible amount of players that are underperforming in the United squad, Jenas has also claimed that the manager must take some of the blame; it is not a coincidence that several world class players are so far below par.

He explains: "It's not unusual for a player or two to dip in and out of form, at any club. But to have so many top players not in form at the same time, and for so long — that is on Mourinho the manager."

'Im absolutely not questioning the players' willingness or ability to work. I'm questioning whether they are being deployed correctly, and given the conditions to thrive. That comes down to training, tactics and confidence,' concluded Jenas.

After having finished second against their all-conquering neighbours City last season,Manchester United now sit 16 points off the reigning champions at the top of the table.

Perhaps more importantly, Mourinho's men arealready 6 points off the Champions League places, which could be further stretched when Chelsea and Liverpool head into respective derby matches this weekend.

It seems like a matter of time before Mourinho is shown the exit door at Old Trafford, that is unless he can find a miracle solution to turn his sides fortunes around.

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