Manchester United supporters are still recovering from the 4-0 thrashing delivered by Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s team were swept aside by the Blues, who made United look like a team of strangers put together hours before kick-off.
The team Mourinho selected was, in fact, put together by four different managers. David de Gea arrived under Sir Alex Ferguson’s watch; Marouane Fellaini was brought to Old Trafford by David Moyes; Louis van Gaal is responsible for Daley Blind and Mourinho paid £89 million for Paul Pogba.
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No wonder United were dysfunctional at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho continued United’s recent trend of spending big in the summer, splashing out nearly £160m to bring Pogba, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the club, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived on a free.
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Of those four arrivals, only Bailly is without his issues. Ibrahimovic hasn’t scored a Premier League goal in 498 minutes, Pogba has disappointed and Mkhitaryan has played just 107 minutes of league action.
United fans the world over were delighted with Mourinho’s work in the summer but it’s not working out as the Portuguese might have imagined. Sunday’s defeat leaves the Red Devils seventh in the table, six points adrift of the leaders.
Danny Mills: United's recruitment has been poor
Former Leeds and Manchester City defender Danny Mills has attributed United’s struggles to a number of below-par signings.
So discouraged is Mills in United’s squad that he thinks only three of their current players would get into their rivals’ teams.
“They’ve been very poor,” Mills told BBC Radio 5 live, per the Mirror. “Their recruitment has been poor, it’s left them in a difficult state.
“How many of those United players would get into the top five or six sides?
"Pogba? Yes, I still think Zlatan would get in and also De Gea. Apart from that, I don't think there's many.
“[Marcus] Rashford is a great emerging talent, but he's not consistent; [Jesse] Lingard is a great emerging talent, but he's not consistent."
Mourinho’s demeanour during the defeat to Chelsea was, uncharacteristically, that of a man without too much emotion. He hardly reacted to any of the four goals put past De Gea, simply turning to mutter words to Rui Faria, and could only raise his eyebrows in disbelief after N’Golo Kante struck the last goal.
The most expression we got out of the 53-year-old was before the game, when he hugged John Terry, and at full-time, when he had a pop at Antonio Conte for pumping up the home support.
A sign that Mourinho is already growing disillusioned with life at Old Trafford? Possibly.