There isn’t a whole lot for Jose Mourinho to be happy about right now.
Manchester United are currently sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind table-toppers Liverpool, and have work to do if they are to reach the Europa League knockout stage.
Even last Sunday’s win over Swansea was tinged with disappointment when the Manchester United boss publicly targeted Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw in his post-match press conference.
The Portuguese is struggling to get the best out of many of his key stars, while his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been criticised by supporters and ex-players.
Martin Keown questioned Mourinho’s man management, claiming he should have kept it a private matter.
“You have to trust your players to manage their own bodies. If you don’t allow the player to make that decision then you lose trust,” Keown said to the Daily Mail.
“Manchester United won the game comfortably and all Mourinho has done is create damage. This would have been better to keep in-house. There is no need to air your dirty laundry in public.”
Neville: Only one Man United has impressed
Gary Neville’s role as a pundit for Sky Sports means he regularly runs the rule over his former team. The United hero hit out at those who haven’t featured prominently for the Red Devils this season, tweeting before last Sunday’s game against Sunday: “Why are people surprised by the United line up,” The ones he’s left out have been S@@t!!”
In Neville’s view, only one United player has given reason for Mourinho to be happy. Ander Herrera isn’t without his weaknesses, but he’s impressed Neville this season
“I think Herrera has improved in the last couple of months or so, I think he really has done well in some of the games that I’ve seen. I think he can be happy with the way he’s played,’ Neville told the Metro.
“Other than that I don’t think anyone has probably played at their absolute best, their consistent best. I think Herrera is the one I’d select at as being the best player so far.”
Unfortunately for United, Herrera isn’t good enough to carry the club to the title. They’ll need Zlatan Ibrahimovic to consistently find the back of the net, Paul Pogba to step it up and Mkhitaryan to break into the starting line-up.