It was another miserable day for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United as Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic of West Ham scored on either side after an own goal from United’s Lindelof.
The defeat leaves the club 8th on the table, having played 7 games. If Bournemouth, Leicester city, and Wolves win, Manchester united could be pushed to position 10.
Following the recent fallout between the coach and Paul Pogba, it was a surprise when Jose chose to start the Frenchman, though his performance was sub-par as he was unable to help his team contain Pellegrini’s free scoring men.
How it happened
While Felipe Anderson gave West Ham the lead early in the game, United missed a couple of chances that would have brought them level, and they were punished towards the end of the first half when Victor Lindelof deflected Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot to make it 2-0.
Marcus Rashford’s consolation in the second half was not enough to bring united back to the game, as the team struggled to break through a fortified West Ham defence.
Having left out Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanches and Antonio Valencia from his match day squad, Jose’s choices will be questioned, especially after the embarrassing away loss.
More pressure continues to mount on Jose Mourinho, especially with pundits highly pointing out the infamous ‘third season syndrome’ as a major player in his current misfortunes at Old Trafford. Whatever plan he had for his team against West Ham, it clearly failed. United started on what I’d say a cautious fashion, and they paid for it passively.
United have now gone three matches without a win, and scored 3 premier league own goals this year – more than any club in the EPL.
What’s next for Mourinho and United?
United face Valencia mid week for their UEFA champions league fixture. Though they were able to beat Home boys comfortably, Valencia might actually upset the 3 time UCL champions. United have the home advantage, but with the current soap opera between the boss and some of the Players, together with an increasing pressure on the club, it’s Valencia’s game for the taking.
Are you a United fan? If so, what do you think is going wrong at the club? What can be done before it’s too late and a top 4 finish becomes impossible? Let me know in the comments section below.