It is hard to believe it’s over two years ago since Jose Mourinho left Manchester United. Hailed as the special one to turn around the club’s fortunes, Mourinho ultimately failed to deliver the goods at Old Trafford and today we take a look at why the Portuguese didn’t work out at United.
As CV’s go there are few better than Mourinho’s, and when he joined the reds back in the summer of 2016 he seemed the perfect fit. Having managed some of the very best clubs in Europe, Mourinho is no stranger to the big time and all looked set for success at United but it never materialised.
However things started well enough. Winning the Europa League and the League Cup was a decent enough start for Mourinho. Winning trophies was always his forte and as debut seasons go it was a fairly successful one, but despite success in the cup competitions there were signs not everything was running smoothly as the Red struggled for form in the league and his ego once again got him into trouble.
His off-field antics and ‘personal problems’ with first team players too raised concerns within Old Trafford. Mourinho was never going to get on with everybody but his personal spats with Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba weren’t very pleasant and it was that which ultimately turned out to be his downfall at the club.
For how good of a manager Mourinho was, his big personality and ego never really sat well with the Reds faithful. He wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea and when results started going south particularly in his final season it was always going to be difficult to ever see Mourinho having a future at United.
His relationship with Pogba particularly became a problem as the months went by. The Frenchman shares a big personality and when he clashed with Mourinho it was always going to create problems. It was clear the relationship had broken down and that one had to go and it ultimately proved to be Mourinho.
When Mourinho took over you always thought he would have delivered a league title and for that not to happen was disappointing. His stay at the club wasn’t a disaster it was just that we expected so much more and when Mourinho does will look back on his time at Old Trafford I do think he will look back with regret and wish he had done things differently.