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Eamon Dunphy: Jose Mourinho has turned it around at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Millwall and Ireland midfielder Eamon Dunphy has rescinded his earlier criticism of Jose Mourinho, praising the Portuguese for turning things around at Manchester United.

The Irishman was highly critical of Mourinho earlier this month, questioning whether he had the right group of players to challenge for a top four spot in light of Man United’s 1-1 draw with Everton.

However United, ever since Dunphy’s comments, have won four games in a row, claiming important victories over Zorya Luhansk, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

Dunphy, speaking earlier this week, retracted his earlier comments regarding Mourinho and his squad.

“Just to begin with an apology on my behalf,” he said.

“I feel like saying sorry to Mourinho and Manchester United fans because I was scathing of them. Up to about a month or five weeks ago it looked like they were doomed to mid-table.

“He looked like he lost the plot when he kicked the bottle, but they’ve seriously got a settled team now and they are controlling most of their games and they are on a roll now and up to sixth.”

United, just as they were on the cusp of almost certain failure this season, have found their groove. Dominant but ultimately fruitless performances have been quickly replaced with convincing, hard-fought wins. Mourinho’s men are now growing in confidence, buoyed by a balanced midfield trio of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba and a relentlessly clinical Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There is, of course, still a long way to go, but nobody can deny that Mourinho’s men – after months of frustration – are now showing true signs of moving in the right direction.

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