Arriving in May and quickly spending close to £150 million on four big-name summer signings, expectations were high for Jose Mourinho's reign as Manchester United manager.
Ten games into the Premier League season, however, and the enthusiasm around Old Trafford has started to wane after just four wins in the league this year and a run of one victory in their last seven in England's top division.
While many are beginning to turn on Mourinho, former United defender Gary Neville still believes the Portuguese manager is the right man for the job. However, speaking on the latest episode of his podcast, the Sky Sports pundit has highlighted two issues that are currently holding the Red Devils back.
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For some, the list of issues Mourinho has just five months into his spell in Manchester is already pretty long.
However, in Neville's eyes, the two biggest problems concern the experienced manager's inability to get the best out of his squad.
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"At the moment you’re not quite sure that Jose Mourinho knows his best team," the outspoken former United star explained on this week's Gary Neville podcast. "(Or) that he trusts his players fully yet."
Both points are pretty valid ones from the 85-cap England international.
Mourinho has deployed several formations in his short time as United boss and, particularly in midfield, has rotated his started XI as he searches for the perfect partner that will allow Paul Pogba to truly flourish.
Then, of course, there was his bold (but justified) decision to drop Wayne Rooney, and the implications that have followed.
In terms of trusting his players, that could certainly explain the former Real Madrid manager's continued reluctance to blood Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the first-team and leave experienced veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger out on the cold.
Whatever is causing the Red Devils' ongoing struggles, Mourinho needs to find the answer fast if he is to ensure the 2016/17 campaign isn't a wasted one at Old Trafford.
According to Neville, though, whilst things look bad the United team isn't actually that far off from turning the corner.
"I think at the moment he’s the one that’s getting put under pressure, but nothing that two or three wins won’t change," he said, via the Mirror.
“I have to say I thought they deserved to win (against Burnley), they didn’t play badly at all. It wasn’t an ‘oh they’re not playing for him, they’re not with him’. There’s none of that.
“I think when he was at Chelsea there’s all that talk he’d lost the dressing room. There’s nothing like that happening at Manchester United."
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