Incredible statistic sums up Jose Mourinho's year of struggle

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How best to summarise Jose Mourinho's start at Manchester United...

It all started so well for the Portuguese, spending in excess of £150 million on summer signings, winning the Community Shield and then securing three straight victories in the Premier League.

However, it's all gone pear-shaped since the international break.


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In last weekend's Manchester derby, United were dominated by Manchester City at Old Trafford and slumped to a 2-1 defeat, courtesy of goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho.

And then, on Thursday night, Mourinho's men lost 1-0 in the Europa League to Feyenoord after fielding a 'weakened' side.

Indeed, what will have worried the former Chelsea manager most is how Paul Pogba - United's £89 million summer signing - was awful and failed to make any impact.

What's apparent is Mourinho's influence as a manager is on the wane - and it all started this time last year.

A woeful run in the Premier League with Chelsea eventually saw Mourinho sacked on December 17, ironically half way through his third season at the club.

He has since moved on and arrived at United but one statistic emphasises just how far the 53-year-old has fallen in recent times.

According to the Telegraph's Jason Burt, Mourinho has lost 13 of his last 31 games as a manager - a loss percentage of 42%.

What makes the above revelation even more astounding is the fact he lost just 21 of his 185 games (11%) during his first stint at Chelsea.

Aware that he must turn around United's fortunes, Mourinho has backed his players to bounce back against Watford this Sunday.

He told United's official website: "You win matches and people are happy and full of confidence. You lose matches then people are sad and they feel it. That is the normal nature of football players.

"I am here to try to stop them from being in a negative mood because we lost two matches. They were two matches where we didn't play well for 90 minutes but they were two matches where we deserved a better result.

"I don't think it will be easy [to bounce back] but the game will be independent. It is a new event, it is another match, it starts at minute zero and so I think it has nothing to do with the two previous matches.

"Obviously when you lose matches then the mood and feeling is not the same. That is normal, but we are experienced people and the players are very good guys.

"I know they want to win, they want to work and that is what we have to do."

For Mourinho's sake, he better hope his players step up to the plate at Vicarage Road.

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