Manchester United are in crisis. The Red Devils lost three matches in the month of September and currently sit 10th in the Premier League table. The club’s latest loss to West Ham, a team that was at the bottom of the table going into the fixture, was a new low. It came just days after Jose Mourinho’s team lost to Derby County on penalties in the Carabao Cup. Now, reports of Manchester United sacking Mourinho are growing and rumours of Zinedine Zidane taking over at Old Trafford are gaining steam. Amid the chaos, Manchester United will take on Spain’s Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Fans can watch the action and have a punt on the game using the Betchain bonus code.
Champions League Matchday 2
Manchester United eased to victory over a poor Young Boys team on Champions League matchday 1. The Red Devils had the match wrapped up before halftime thanks to two goals from Paul Pogba. Anthony Martial added a third in the 66th minute as the Red Devils cruised.
Valencia were beaten by Group H favourite Juventus, 2-0. The Spanish side has started the season poorly in all competitions and only recently claimed its first win of the term. That came at the weekend against Real Sociedad. Despite beginning badly, Valencia will be a much stronger opponent than Switzerland’s Young Boys.
Since defeating Young Boys in Bern on September 19th, Manchester United have gone winless in three games in all competitions. The Red Devils threw away a 1-0 lead against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford to draw 1-1. They did the same to Derby in the Carabao Cup before Marouane Fellaini rescued the tie and forced extra-time against the Championship team with a 90th minute goal. Phil Jones’ penalty miss sent the Red Devils crashing out of the tournament, however. Against West Ham, Manchester United’s players looked lackadaisical and disinterested in the fixture. January mega-signing Alexis Sanchez wasn’t even selected to the bench as the team slumped to defeat.
What is the problem at Manchester United?
It is difficult to pin down a reason for the poor play and attitude from players at Manchester United. Fingers have pointed at all parties from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to Mourinho to the players.
Mourinho has remained defiant when asked about his future as team manager. Despite the Red Devils being off to their worst top-flight campaign since 1989-90, Mourinho believes he cannot improve on the things he already does. His latest press conferences have seen him shirk any blame for the team’s results.
While fingers can be pointed at the manager and his inability to get high priced stars to perform, there is blame that must be put on the team. There is growing frustration in the squad and it all seems to fall at the feet of Paul Pogba. There is a rift between he and Mourinho and it grows with every match. The two were seen arguing in training a week ago taking their relationship on another bizarre spin. It took another turn after Manchester United’s loss to West Ham in which Pogba said, “You want me dead?” during a postgame interview. The vague quote left many fans and members of the media questioning what the midfielder meant.
A win against Valencia on Tuesday may stem the bleeding. Manchester United will face off with winless Newcastle at the weekend in the Premier League. The ship could be back on course by the end of the weekend. If it isn’t, Zidane could be Manchester United boss sooner rather than later.