Alan Shearer has heavily criticised Manchester United’s inability to keep their internal fights out of the media in recent weeks.
Manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Paul Pogba have been at ‘war’ and the Frenchman was removed as vice-captain by Mourinho last week. The pair were then seen arguing in training the next day. Pogba, meanwhile, has previously hinted at an exit and reports leaking from his agent suggest that he wants to join FC Barcelona as soon as possible.
In the summer, Mourinho was subtlety fighting the Man United board and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, demanding that they sign more players in the transfer window when he spoke to reporters during pre-season.
Shearer believes a club as big as United has to keep such internal issues out of the public eye.
“United are an embarrassment right now,” the former-England striker told The Sun.
“I never thought I’d say it and I don’t do so with any glee. This is a club that had the highest morals, values & standards. It is embarrassing for a club of this stature to have the constant negative headlines & leaks.
“It was always going to be tough after Sir Alex Ferguson. The club has lost its identity, lost its way and, right now, it’s embarrassing.”
Shearer also suggested that Mourinho may have been trying to prove a point to the board with his team selection in United’s humiliating 3-1 defeat to West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.
“What on earth was he [Mourinho] doing tactically in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham, playing a young midfielder in Scott McTominay in a back three with Eric Bailly on the bench?” Shearer asked.
“If you are trying to make a point about a failure to buy a centre-half in the summer then you do it in better ways than by sacrificing three points.”
It was an odd team selection, and even odder that Mourinho heavily praised McTominay in the aftermath of the game, given that the young Scot had been partly at fault for West Ham’s early opening goal.
Mourinho has started the season horrifically at United and is losing control of the club.