It’s fair to say that it has been a week to forget for Jose Mourinho, if a draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League was considered bad enough then it would have only got worse after events in the Carabao Cup.
That’s because the Red Devils were embarrassed by EFL Championship outfit Derby County, as the side which is currently managed by former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard managed to proceed to the next round courtesy of a penalty shootout win.
Had Derby fans taken advantage of the promo from 1xbet that was available before kick-off then they would certainly have had additional financial reasons to celebrate the Rams’ upset win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
If you asked Jose Mourinho before the game whether the Carabao Cup was a top priority this season, then the answer would be probably not and in the grand scheme of things the defeat will not change all that much in the landscape of this campaign.
For a club of United’s stature, they will feel that there are bigger prizes for them to obtain, although the irony perhaps is that the Carabao Cup was arguably the one trophy that offered the best chance of success come the end of the campaign.
Although we are only six Premier League games into the season it looks as if United are going to be fighting for the scraps in terms of the title race. With them already being eight points behind leaders Liverpool, there has to be an upturn in fortunes and fast.
When you look at the way that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have been playing this season, it is clearly apparent that they are nowhere near that level and look more set to fight it four fourth place.
A statement that if we’re being honest is perhaps doing the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham a disservice. You only have to point to Spurs 3-0 win at Old Trafford in late August for clear evidence of that.
Add into the mix the fact that Jose Mourinho looks like he is in the midst of spat with French star Paul Pogba and it has all the makings of a combustible few weeks and months ahead. It also seems like we are seeing it all again with the man who was once the self-appointed as “The Special One”
You only have to look at Real Madrid for how it has gone wrong in the past and just how similar the scenarios are after swapping the Spanish capital for that of Manchester. If it’s not the fact that he is reaching that dreaded third year in charge of the club, it is the falling out with a key player.
In Madrid it was Sergio Ramos, for Manchester it is Paul Pogba and as always it is a case of one or the other will eventually depart. We all know how it ended at the Bernabeu, with player power coming out on top. Don’t be surprised if we see the same outcome this time around.