Some Manchester United players are already turning their backs on the man in charge, Jose Mourinho, according to The Sun. The SunSport claim that their sources are telling them that the Portuguese manager is facing unrest from several players resulting in the squad’s togetherness and harmony being at risk.
Certain members of the team are reportedly unhappy with their amount of involvement so far this season, despite being just five fixtures in. Furthermore, the article goes on to mention that some players who featured for the first time this season in the club’s most recent defeat to Feyenoord, in the UEFA Europa League, are frustrated at the fact that they were chucked into such fixture lacking match sharpness and knowing at the back of their minds they have no real chance of making the starting line-up for the Barclay’s Premier League game at Vicarage Road, against Watford, this weekend.
My initial reaction to these worrying claims made by The Sun are that they are wide of the mark, respectively. On the other hand, if they are true, the mentality of some of our players at the club is remarkably concerning. If some of the men that are lucky enough to wear the United jersey are complaining about game time so soon into Mourinho’s tenure and are dealing with it in such a way, then they should be shipped from the club as soon as possible, as that is a sign of unreal unprofessionalism – which there is no room for, if you want to build a trophy winning side.
The manager’s selections so far this season have been understandable, due to the fact that up until the Manchester City game, he was selecting a side which had not lost. As the old saying goes ‘you should not change a winning team’, albeit, for tactical reasons, Mourinho decided to in the derby – it may have backfired, however initially he was being praised for the selection by most of the United fan-base before a ball was kicked. For the fixture in Rotterdam, we witnessed a number of players feature for the first time in a competitive fixture under the former Chelsea bosses management, which was expected – it was a mightily underwhelming performance and a lack of match sharpness in a few was evident, however, players should not sit about and sulk about that – if they are given a chance, no matter what the circumstance is, they should be ready to prove themselves and fight for not only the crest they are wearing on their shirt, but also for their place in the usual eleven.
I believe if a player performs well and warrants a starting slot then they will get it, in fact, we have already seen evidence of this – Juan Mata was selected over Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the opening fixtures of the season, due to his early season and pre-season form being greater. Another example is Eric Bailly and Daley Blind – the pairing has performed exceptionally well together in most fixtures this season, meaning that despite being the clubs Players Player of the Season last campaign, Chris Smalling has not yet sealed down his spot in the line-up.
The man at the helm of Old Trafford is an experience manager, who will not take rubbish from anybody. We have already seen throughout his career that he is not afraid to make controversial decisions and deal with the backlash – Mourinho dropped club icon Iker Casillas at Real Madrid and has not even given World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger a sniff in at the Red Devils. Therefore, if any player is unhappy leading to some dressing room unrest at the football club, then I fully believe the man in charge is somebody who is equipped to deal with it. Funnily enough, he has proved he can deal with unhappy players regarding their playing time when he coincidentally sold Mata to Manchester United – he is an honest manager, who is not afraid to tell people where they stand.
If United want to challenge on all fronts this season, then a big squad is needed and that is something the club has – there are many options, despite some not being up to scratch, in several United fan’s eyes. Ultimately, it is important Mourinho keeps morale among the squad up high, something that Louis van Gaal seemingly failed at doing. At this moment in time, the suggestion of there being some disgruntled players in and around the club is surely untrue – it is way too early for such claims to be proven correct, in my opinion.