Ian Wright: Manchester United players do not believe in Jose Mourinho’s methods

by Leo Nieboer

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Manchester United players have not bought in to Jose Mourinho‘s methods this season.

Mourinho’s men currently sit in sixth spot, eight points off the top and six off fourth spot.

Prior to their convincing 3-1 win over Swansea last weekend, Man United had failed to win any of their last four games, managing just one solitary goal in the process.

Wright, speaking earlier this week, claimed that United’s players don’t believe in the 53-year-old’s message.

“Look at Manchester United. Sure, they won at Swansea at the weekend but the inconsistent results suggest the squad is not believing, or at least failing to understand, what Jose Mourinho is trying to get them to do,” he said.

United’s indifferent start to the season has not been characterised by a lack of belief in Mourinho’s methods, but rather by a failure to properly carry out the Portuguese’s demands.

I mean, think of the famous 37-shot 0-0 draw with Burnley: Mourinho’s men were all together, fighting for three points as a collective; their fall-down was, as the 53-year-old later pointed out himself, a lack of mental conviction. Under David Moyes, nobody felt impelled to follow the Scot’s game plan; under Louis van Gaal they reluctantly followed his borderline OCD gameplan.

Under Mourinho, however, there is a clear sense of direction, with every player devotedly fighting for the same footballing ideal. And on several occasions the result has been explosive: think Leicester City, Fenerbahce, the second half against Manchester City.

United’s task now is to consolidate that level of execution as the season edges towards its busy Christmas period.

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