The arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United was always going to upset a few.
At Chelsea, he fell out with David Luiz. He clashed with Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos when he was in charge of Real Madrid. Ricardo Quaresma said his biggest regret was joining Mourinho at Inter Milan.
The Portuguese’s upfront style can irk players. Just last week, he blamed “two or three players” for their first-half performances in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
It’s hard to argue with the results - two Champions Leagues, title successes in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, and a heap of individual accolades - but Mourinho splits opinion like no other.
During his first stint at Chelsea, you got the impression that John Terry, Frank Lampard and co. would be willing to run through a brick wall for Mourinho. At Old Trafford, however, forming that kind of bond with his players still seems a long way off.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been made to train with the reserves. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is said to be frustrated at being played out of position.
According to The Sun, the situation has escalated to the point that several unhappy United players are threatening to disrupt the harmony in the group.
Lack of minutes
The Sun, who fail to mention any names, claim that some players are frustrated at a perceived lack of game time, while others aren’t too pleased with the position Mourinho is deploying them.
Some players selected for Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord reportedly feel that they were thrown in at the deep end, having not played much this season, and that Mourinho picked them knowing they won’t start against Watford on Sunday.
The former Chelsea boss made eight changes to the team that lost to Man City in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord. He also gave five players their first starts of the season.
Matteo Damian, Marcus Rojo, Chris Smalling, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marcus Rashford were all selected to start for the first time in the campaign, and the lack of match sharpness showed in some players.
Mourinho is said to be facing a “fight” to control the growing unrest.
A source told Sun Sport: “There are players not happy about the lack of game time and even players who are starting games feel they are playing out of position and not doing themselves justice.”
We don’t doubt that The Sun have considerably overblown the situation. But it’s only natural to think there are some players in the United dressing room who aren’t too pleased with the new manager’s ways.
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