Jose Mourinho was supposed to be the messiah at Old Trafford but it turns out the former Chelsea boss’ start at Manchester United has been one of the worst ever.
A tally of just 14 points from United’s opening nine Premier League matches is the club’s second-worst start to a Premier League season, behind the 13 points they had at this stage back in 2014/15.
14 – Only in 2014/15 (13) have Man Utd collected fewer points after their first 9 PL games of a season than this campaign(14). Woe.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 23, 2016
The run two years ago was at the start of Manchester United’s ill-fated tenure under the guidance of Louis van Gaal and, given performances so far, there isn’t too much to suggest Mourinho has done enough to warrant succeeding the Dutchman in Manchester.
Van Gaal did eventually improve, leading United to the Champions League and winning the FA Cup the following year, but those minor successes weren’t enough to save him from the axe – and with Jose Mourinho yet to spend more than three years in charge of a single club, the future certainly looks bleak.
United have won four games and lost three this season, with the defeats coming against Watford, Chelsea and Manchester City, and the Red Devils certainly need to improve immediately if they are to challenge for the Premier League title – or even a top-four spot.
The next five games in the Premier League will have a major impact on where the Red Devils’ season will end up and they have a varied run of fixtures against Burnley, Swansea City, Arsenal, West Ham United and Everton.