After winning their opening four Premier League matches under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United have now won just one of their last six in England’s top flight.
The 2-1 defeat home to local rivals Manchester City on September 10 appears to have severely dented the confidence of Mourinho’s men; barring the 4-1 victory over Leicester City on September 24, they haven’t looked the same team since.
United were joint-top of the Premier League table prior to the Manchester derby, but now find themselves down in seventh position. A six-point gap has already opened up between the Red Devils and City, Arsenal and Liverpool at the top of the table.
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Some bookmakers now have United priced at 20/1 to win the title this season, with 29 matches of the season remaining.
This outlines just how poorly Mourinho’s men have performed in recent weeks, with Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Chelsea the nadir of the campaign so far.
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Mourinho 'underwhelmed' by Luke Shaw
Mourinho has been forced to bite his tongue in his post-match interviews and press conferences on a couple of occasions this term, although after the shock 3-1 away defeat to Watford on September 18, he couldn’t resist singling Luke Shaw out for criticism.
According to ESPN sources, the English left-back is one of two players Mourinho has been ‘underwhelmed’ by since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer.
The 21-year-old, who missed almost the entire 2015-16 campaign after suffering a double fracture of his right leg in a Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven last September, has missed the past few weeks through injury but faces a job on his hands to win back the left-back position from Daley Blind.
And Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The other player Mourinho has reportedly been underwhelmed by - and this won’t come as a huge surprise to United fans - is summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenia international, who completed a £26.3 million move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, has barely played for the English giants since leaving Signal Iduna Park in July.
United fans are mystified why they have seen so little of the attack-minded winger this season - Mkhitaryan has played a total of 105 minutes of Premier League football so far - and they might be concerned to hear that Mourinho doesn’t seem to think much of the former Bundesliga star.
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