Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has delivered his verdict on Jose Mourinho’s position at Manchester United, saying the manager may have a “huge problem” if things don’t turn around quickly.
United are winless in three games, with a draw at home to Wolves, a Carabao Cup exit on penalties to Derby County and a 3-1 loss to West Ham at the weekend. They currently sit 10th in the Premier League table, already nine points behind leaders and rivals Manchester City.
The season has been marred by the Portuguese’s antics, publicly criticising players and picking fights with members of his squad.
His latest fallout with World Cup winner Paul Pogba, who was told he would never captain United again due to concerns over his attitude and performances has caused a breakdown in communication.
Carragher believes Mourinho decision to constantly criticise players in front of teammates, a mistake he made at both Real Madrid and Chelsea which ultimately cost him his job, means he has lost the dressing room.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, the former Liverpool star said: ‘I have no doubt from his comments in the press conference when he said “some players are trying and some are trying harder than others” that he’s lost the dressing room.
‘That’s not rocket science and I don’t even think that’s a controversial thing to say.
‘The problem with that is that it’s now the third time it’s happened. It started at Real Madrid with [Iker] Casillas and [Sergio] Ramos then it happened at Chelsea with [Eden] Hazard and all the players there and now there’s talk of a group led by Pogba. So there’s no doubt there’s massive problems there.’
Whilst the Special One is under severe pressure, next up for United is a Champions League clash with Valencia, before a crucial home game against struggling Newcastle.