Wales coach Ryan Gibbs still believes Jose Mourinho is the right man to coach Manchester United in spite a string of poor performances by his side and his questionable behavior off the field which is predominantly as a result of frustration.
Gibbs who is without a doubt a United legend after spending 25 years at the Old Trafford as a player and coach said the Red Devils are going through a difficult period at the moment. “Change now then you’re in the same position in a year, two years, quite possibly.”
Addressing the media at the Wales squad announcement for games against Spain and the Republic of Ireland Gibbs said: “I think the problem of late has been forward planning. Just take stock, they’re going through a tough time but, no, my stance hasn’t changed.”
Team Mates Do Not Agree
But his former teammates at United Paul Scholes beg to differ as he made his feelings clear when he attacked Mourinho who is under fire. Scholes who is also a United legend claims that the Portuguese manager is dragging the club’s name through the mud.
Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said: “I think his (Mourinho) mouth is out of control and I think he’s embarrassing the club. I’m surprised he survived after Saturday. The performance was that bad. The attitude and performance were nowhere near.”
The Manchester-based side drew against Valencia in their UEFA Champions League encounter on Tuesday night at Old Trafford following their loss at Westham on Saturday. This means Mourinho’s winless streak stretches to four games.
Jose Mourinho Under Pressure
Mourinho is under a lot of pressure and he seems to be losing the dressing room as there is tension between him and a couple of players such as Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
Known as the Special One, Mourhino is also being criticized for his defensive approach to matches with the fans last night against shouting, “attack, attack, attack” venting their frustration.
When things are not going his way, Mourinho tends to throw his players under the bus. He would put the blame on his players for losing, criticizing them and also having a go at the media. According to Mourinho, some players are putting in more effort than others.
“He’s coming out in press conferences, he is constantly having a go at players, he’s having a go at people above him because he is not getting what he wants,” said Scholes.
Football expert and columnist Jamie Carragher said it is now the third time it has happened that Mourinho loses the dressing room.
“It started at Real Madrid with Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos. When it happened at Chelsea it was Eden Hazard and other players there. Now there’s talk of a group led by Paul Pogba at this club so there’s no doubt there are massive problems there,” Carragher said.
Another former Red Devils legend, Rio Ferdinand expressed how he felt with the current situation at Old Trafford. He told BT Sport that Mourinho is asking to be fired. “I think you ask Mourinho if he wants to stick with the job, what he is saying with his actions, he’s asking for it (to be fired).
“This is his team now. He’s had a few windows to build up his team. He can’t complain at this stage,” the former United Captain said.
When asked what he thinks about what Scholes said Mourinho insisted he doesn’t need to know what Scholes said. “He said what he wants to say, I’m not interested, honestly, I’m not interested. Freedom of speech, free country, you can say what you want.”
United club legend Brian McClair, joined those throwing criticism Mourinho’s way when he took to Twitter and said, “Coach, players, system, shape, tactics, b***cks.
“To win, the red team need to run harder and faster than the white team, I believe it’s occasionally referred to as desire.”
Coach, players, system, shape, tactics, bollocks!!! To win red team need to run harder and faster than the white team, i believe it’s occasionally referred to as desire!!! 🤔
— Brian McClair (@BrianMcClair13) October 2, 2018