- Improvement in players:
When Jose Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford, many expected the Portugal to bring about significant changes in the development of individual players. Sadly, that hasn’t been able to be seen much. Rashford has struggled to develop from what he was under Louis Van Gaal, Martial too has lost his form it seems. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling still struggle terribly against quick and smart counter attacks. Antonio Valencia still has his problems beating past players and it seems United have a big player getting the best out of these players.
- Failure in clearance of deadwood:
The problem with the managers before Jose Mourinho was they kept hold of players who struggled to meet to the standards of United. Some of the players signed post Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement haven’t been up to the mark and it was necessary that United got rid of them. United are still stuck with the likes of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Marouane Fellaini and some others who don’t seem to be fit for United. This has only given United insufficient options and created an inapt depth in the squad.
- Questionable man-management:
One of the traits of Jose Mourinho in his managerial career has been his man-management. Players have given almost everything to play for him at his previous clubs. At United, surprisingly there have been rumuors stating the discontent between him and some of the players. Rifts with players like Martial and Pogba indicate there’s something going wrong at the club under the Portuguese. And having a bad relationship with someone like Paul Pogba, who has been such an influential figure in the dressing room, surely doesn’t serve Mourinho well.
- Plan A not working:
To everyone’s surprise United still don’t have a definite style of play. While it sounds unpredictable, in reality there is a bit of cluelessness involved. United’s players have struggled to gel in with each other and there have been occasions when the runs and passes have not work in tandem for the Red Devils. In fact, while trailing United have no specific style of countering the opposition and it is a big concern for the United fans.
- Signed players haven’t clicked:
Mourinho normally is a very good judge of the players he wants. But surprisingly, his transfer policies at United have been questionable. Henrikh Mkhitaryan turned out to be a disappointing signing as he struggled to adapt to United’s style of playing and was soon sold to Arsenal. Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly seem to be good addition but after a year of football in England, they are yet to look convincing. Paul Pogba is a world class player but we are yet to see his best form in a United jersey. Mourinho needs them to click if he is to stay longer at United.