Little more than a decade ago, you would struggle to find a more respected manager than Jose Mourinho. The Special One had not only led Porto to an unprecedented Champions League victory but had also managed Chelsea to their first league trophy in 50 years and made the West London Club a feared force in European football.
Now, after a number of years of comparative mediocrity, is Mourinho in decline as a manager?
Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal on Sunday has led to a number of reports questioning whether the now Red Devils boss is quite the manager he once was.
Since winning the league with Chelsea in 2015, Mourinho has failed to reach the heights of his esteemed past. The 54-year-old lost his job at Stamford Bridge the following year and, since taking the reins at Manchester United at the beginning of this season, has struggled to keep up with the title contenders. The Portuguese is seemingly happy to place all his eggs into the Europa League basket to ensure Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.
Fans took to Twitter to have their say on The Special One…
Mourinho isn't in decline. He's finished. https://t.co/IjESNNG3r9
— ️ (@Eurghzil) May 7, 2017
How do people still defend Mourinho after that? Are we really playing the way united should? #MourinhoOut
— #MourinhoOut (@LvGEffect) May 7, 2017
Arsene's beaten Jose twice in their last four meetings and drawn one. If Wenger's in decline, can we kindly add Jose to that category?
— Dr. Mohammed Amali (@MoAmali) May 7, 2017
Mourinho has completely lost it. he's finished. mentally unstable.
— Ay-Ay-ron (@aaronfdepetris) May 7, 2017
Mourinho is finished
— alex (@DeadlyBelotti) May 7, 2017
And the worst thing is he's not a proactive manager, far from it. Stubborn and reluctant to change reliant on media theatrics and mind games
— Jack Falstaff (@MrGrifty) May 8, 2017