Ian Wright believes Jose Mourinho has already accepted his fate at Manchester United

Ian Wright believes Jose Mourinho has already accepted his fate at Manchester United

A swarm of media negativity surrounding Jose Mourinho and Manchester United was always inevitable following the stunning 3-2 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon.

Man United produced a comical defensive display as Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross’ first-half goals were enough to take 0 points from the AMEX Stadium for the second season running.

There has been plenty of talk about Mourinho’s ‘third-season syndrome’ and his almost-certain meltdown as United manager over the coming months, and Wright believes he knows himself that misery is just around the corner.

“As much as I respect him as a manager, I can’t see any way it is going to turn around. We all know about Jose and his third-year syndrome,” the former Arsenal striker said.

“But listening to him talk, it’s as though even he has accepted it himself. In many ways, it’s like the last days of Arsene Wenger. People watched Arsenal because it was car-crash football. United are fast turning into the same.”

United will look to bounce back at Old Trafford on Monday when Tottenham Hotspur visit, but another loss would move Mourinho’s side further behind their Premier League title rivals.

The club will be wishing they managed to bring in a new centre-back during the summer transfer window now, and will have to deal with their current options until January at least.

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