“He’s Jose Mourinho with a smile.”
Manchester United crashed out of the UEFA Champions League last night losing 3-2 to RB Leipzig. It means the Red Devils will be involved in Europa League football after Christmas, which comes as a blow when you reflect on our objectives this season.
One of those would have been to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but we wasted our chances trying to qualify for the next phase, despite winning in first three games in the group.
An away defeat to Istanbul Baskasehir ultimately derailed our European hopes.
The manager has to take some slack for allowing that to happen. Most agreed at the time of the group stages draw that we had a gigantic task on our hands, but this cannot be excused after starting so well and simply throwing it all away.
One United fan called talkSPORT after the game to voice his opinions on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it wasn’t very pretty. He seems to overlook the fact players share responsibility for performing so poorly.
Omar said: “Let’s not beat around the bush, he got the job because he stuck his toe out in 1999. He kept it longer because he stuck his toe out in 1999. If any other manager done what he’s done, with these shambolic performances…
“He set up for a 0-0 draw today. Nobody can tell me nothing, he set up for a 0-0 draw to try and nick it on a counter. To me, I have been watching football for a long time and I’ll tell you right now, I have been saying this to all my family, he is Jose Mourinho with a smile. What I mean by that is his mentality of football… he’s a very pragmatic manager, people think that he’s all free-flowing and all that, he’s actually not.
“When stuff (ha!) hits the fan, he turns to negativity and two CDMs. He’s Jose with a smile, and what I mean by that is mentality for setting up games is similar to Jose, but the difference is he smiles and has good vibes.”
⚽️ “He got the job because he stuck his toe out in 1999!”
😴 “He set up for a 0-0 draw!”
🔴 “He’s a pragmatic manager! He’s Jose Mourinho with a smile.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 8, 2020
I don’t agree that there’s similarities in Solskjaer and Mourinho’s management, but this is a strong take on the gaffer and you wonder how last night’s loss could impact our Premier League season.