After a dream start to the season, Manchester United have been hit with reality very quickly. Last night’s 3-1 loss to Watford in the Premier League completes a string of three losses in the past week. The “Special One” and his high-profile players are facing the heat. Could the club’s dismal performance get manager Jose Mourinho sacked?
It all started with the Manchester Derby on September 10. Manchester United hosted their city rivals in one of the most anticipated fixtures in the league. Even without Sergio Aguero, Manchester City dominated the match and led 2-0 after 36 minutes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to pull one back just before halftime, but the team never recovered. The locker room was reportedly turned into a war zone as United players fired shots at each other out of frustration. After blowing off steam, the Red Devils played better, but never managed to get an equalizer. The match ended 2-1.
In mid-week, the team faced Feyenoord in their first UEFA Europa League match. After missing out on the UEFA Champions League this season, losing in their first group stage match in the Europa League adds insult to injury. Feyenoord came out on top with a 1-0 victory and further dampened the Manchester United morale.
The Premier League match against Watford on Sunday was a chance for redemption. However, the evening turned into an absolute nightmare. Mourinho told BT Sport that the team didn’t play well in the opening minutes, which led to the first Watford goal. He also had some criticisms reserved for match officials. “In the first half for about 25, 30 minutes we didn’t play well and that’s something that we can control. We can work and improve on it. The referee and linesman mistake is not under my control. I can’t do anything to improve it,” he said.
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If Mourinho wishes to keep his job, he would need to rethink his strategy for the upcoming games. Manchester United faces Northampton in the League Cup on Wednesday, then Premier League champions Leicester in the weekend.