Jose Mourinho has a problem on his hands.
The Portuguese coach just oversaw arguably the worst performance of his Manchester United spell as the Red Devils were beaten 3-2 by Brighton.
On this evidence, there’s absolutely no way that Man United can compete with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool for the Premier League title.
Even finishing in the top four would be an accomplishment based on the latest evidence.
The scoreline looks close but Brighton were 3-1 up at half-time and only conceded again through a late penalty.
Picking up three points from matches against Leicester City and Brighton isn’t the start Mourinho wanted.
Especially when Man City have scored eight goals in two matches, Chelsea have made a perfect start and Liverpool looked very good in their opening match of the season against West Ham.
Ian Wright tweets Mourinho
Mourinho doesn’t stay longer than three years at a club and, despite signing a new contract in January that runs until 2020, many are starting to wonder whether this - his third season at Old Trafford - will be his last.
Despite spending a considerable sum of money, the 55-year-old hasn’t been able to get the best out his players.
Paul Pogba plays better for France. The centre-back pairing of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof is poor. Man United aren’t getting consistent contributions from elsewhere.
In Ian Wright’s eyes, it’s a sign that Mourinho’s powers are starting to wane.
“Jose Jose Jose! What’s happening man 😳 You were one of the greats 💪🏾,” Wright tweeted.
“Find your mojo bro 😢. Please tell me the Monstars have stolen your talent 🙏🏽 #SpaceJam”.
Pretty sad, that.
Mourinho is one of the most successful managers of all time but he’s failed to return Man United to the heights expected upon his arrival in 2016.
And is that a result of the game passing him by a little?
Maybe. He’s rarely regarded among the finest tacticians in the game and while Man City continue to evolve under Guardiola, Man United have remained stagnant.