Marouane Fellaini admitted Manchester United were in a “little crisis” after losing three successive matches.
Jose Mourinho has taken jobs at big clubs that have fallen from grace, those that have needed an overhaul and those with the very highest of expectations. It might be the first time, however, that he has taken a job combining all three. The scrutiny is hardly about to diminish.
But it shouldn’t take a toll on the Red Devils supporters and let’s look why…
Manchester United fans were overjoyed to see Mourinho take over after a dismal spell under Louis van Gaal and the fans should not forget why they were happy with the appointment.
Undoubtedly, Mourinho is a serial winner and he has proved that at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Manchester United fans have seen worse under Van Gaal and David Moyes, so panicking now seems unwarranted.
Well although the transition period is quite a lot longer than expected, it remains the case.
The team have now had three managers in four years, with changes in tactical approach along with continuous influx and departure of players meaning they haven’t had the stability needed.
So implementing his techniques and approach will require time.
Judging a team at the start of the season does not give the exact outlook of the end of the season’s position. Let’s look at Manchester United’s past three seasons after five games
2015-16 – 3W 1D 1L – 10 points – 5th finish
2014-15 – 1W 2D 2L – 5 points – 4th finish
2013-14 – 2W 1D 2L – 7 points – 7th finish
Altogether it’s a different start to United’s season as they’ve played in the Community Shield, Premier League, the group stages of Europa League and now EFL Cup.
Playing Europa League might be taking a toll on the Red Devils as Thursday night matches bring on fatigue for their Premier League games. In the last three years, the Red Devils have barely played Cup games, so it is a different scenario this season.