Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Souness: Man Utd boss Mourinho in precarious position

Souness: Man Utd boss Mourinho in precarious position

"I think we know individually we are not as good as Man United, as footballers, so we know we have to work as a team".

Alexis Sanchez is another to have missed the defeat to Brighton although will seemingly be ready to face Spurs after Mourinho revealed he was absent from the game at the Amex Stadium due to a "little problem".

Pogba scored a late, late penalty after Duffy's foul on Fellaini, but the Seagulls saw out the remaining time to beat United at home for the second successive season.

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City may look like improvisers but in fact their attacking patterns are anything but. The Spaniard is not a right-winger but Mourinho is too eager to play him out wide. Counter-intuitively, Mourinho preaches creative freedom and Guardiola is the disciplinarian.

But with the transfer window closed, manager Jose Mourinho has no alternative to trying to draw on his experience and skill to get the best he can out of a team many believe lack the quality and character to be genuine title contenders.

The defeat at Brighton was a clear example of this.

Indeed, United fans expect much more but after Sunday's defeat, many would be relieved if they can meet their minimum target this season. "If he is going to continue with this dourness and this moaning, then people will turn around and say this attitude is not getting us to the top, so we need to change it". This was a bad performance for all of us.

Manchester United were pressing and hurrying Brighton on the ball.

This, again, is a sign of a Mourinho collapse.

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The shambolic loss to Brighton over the weekend has cranked up the level of noise surrounding both team and manager and it seems only a matter of time before the relationship reaches a rather premature end. "Would be sleepless nights to find Pogba a new club".

Woodward then left before Mourinho returned.

Pogba admitted his attitude was wrong against Brighton.

Mourinho is the favourite with most bookmakers to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post this season.

"He is in a very hard place, isn't he?" Mourinho can not start with this pair on the same side in the next match. Things haven't got any better!

The one thing that goes in Mourinho's favour is the dearth of top-quality candidates now available to replace him.

"I like the idea of Zinedine Zidane, too".

Even after scoring the early goals, they didn't take the foot off the gas as the United opener came out of nothing really. He would surely struggle to provide the focus and freshness the club needs.

Souness was scathing in his evaluation of the squad at Old Trafford. United could line him up for the end of the season and go with a stop-gap in the meantime.

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