Manchester United announced Jose Mourinho as their new manager back in May 2016 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being named as the Portuguese managers second signing of the summer, which also saw Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba sign for the Old Trafford club. The winning mentality of both Mourinho and Ibrahimovic was lauded at the time, which continued into the start of the season where United beat Leicester City to lift the FA Community Shield at Wembley, then beat Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City to keep their 100% start to the season. In September, United lost to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford in a three-match losing streak, which was their first blip under their new manager. Criticism was rife and many ‘supposed’ United fans were talking about the new manager and his Swedish striker being failures, which was transferred to the media too.
United then turned their form around from a three-match losing streak, into a three-match winning run, which turned into a six-match unbeaten streak, which ended with a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea. United have now played four matches since that devastating defeat to Chelsea, winning twice, drawing once and losing once. With Arsenal on the horizon, which follows with a must win UEFA Europa League clash at Old Trafford against Feyenoord, United need to start performing, which has seen criticism being slung at Mourinho, Ibrahimovic and many other players, sometime unnecessarily. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a winner, has been for every club he has played for. United will be a challenge for him, as it will be for Mourinho, but to criticise both now just shows what kind of muppets this club attracts, that does not include the media muppets who criticise to keep their respective rags popular as United are hated, adored and never ignored. Andrei Kanchelskis, speaking exclusively to 888sport, speaking about the criticism both Mourinho and Ibrahimovic have been subjected to, said:
“He needs more time as he has only been in charge for a handful of games. We need to wait until the end of the season. It has been three years since they last won a title and everything would change if he won a title there. I don’t think it will be this season though the next couple of months will be so important for him and the team. There are so many games around Christmas and then the FA Cup starts up again and if they begin to win regularly that will bring so much confidence.
“On the whole it’s difficult to judge United’s season so far. We need more time to judge Manchester United, the players and Mourinho. We need to wait until the end of the season to see if there is a change or no change. Right now there has been only 12 games.
“I also cannot understand the criticism of Ibrahimovic. Everybody knows he is a big player for big teams. He always helps these teams and he is the top goalscorer right now at United. Everyone loved him when he joined so why not now? There is no problem.”
The end of the season will be telling, but even then it is too early. This sacking mentality that clubs seem to adopt for their managers just shows they have no ambition. Mourinho has been a successful manager, but his second coming at Chelsea was not as great as he may have liked, ending with him being effectively sacked. Back in December last year, when louis van Gaal was being told by the media he was going to be sacked, Mourinho was the man that many wanted, those ‘fans’ are criticising him now as he has not flicked this imaginary button that many ‘fans’ think is there to get United competing again. Patience is what is needed. If those muppets want Mourinho sacked, who next. Many think Diego Simeone will do a job, but how long before they want him to be sacked too. Manchester United do not need to change their manager every season when the fans do not get what they want. They need stability, and one manager can bring that. Jose Mourinho is his name.
As for Zlatan, he is a prolific goalscorer. Yes he suffered a goal drought this season, but ended that away to Swansea City with two goals. He’s score eight times in all competitions this season, but will miss the Arsenal match due to suspension for amassing five yellow cards so far this season. The Swede will be fit to face Feyenoord next Thursday after having a break during the final internationals of the year over the past fortnight, meaning he will be raring to go against the Dutch side who beat United in the first Europa League match of the season, with United needing a win from both of their last two group stage matches in order to make the knockout stages of Europe’s secondary tournament, which many say they are not bothered about, but will undoubtably moan should United not make the grade. United will be back where they belong, but you need to be patient instead of being reactionary in your criticism, why not judge at the end of the season?
Mourinho may need another two transfer windows to make his mark on his side, which will prolong the period for being able to judge him, but in the business he has undertaken in the summer and the fact he has started turning United around, with a few blips along the way, things may not look great now, but neither does a cake when you have just mixed the ingredients together. You have to bake it first, then decorate it, then it is ready!
Read the full 888sport interview with Andrei Kanchelskis, including his thoughts on the how Pogba and Rashford can become world beaters