Jose Mourinho has explained Manchester United’s problem this season following their 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League, pointing towards their inability to win games at home.
Man United once again dominated proceedings against the Baggies, enjoying 75% of the ball, but only managed to place three of their 18 shots on goal and never really looked like scoring.
This was United’s eighth draw in 12 games, and it leaves them four points adrift of fourth spot with ten games to go.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to point towards his side’s continued malaise against lesser sides at home this season.
Any side that, heading into the climax of the season, has a 40% win ratio at home simply doesn’t deserve to qualify for the Champions League.
This could have been the start of something truly special: an April period that, if negotiated successfully, would have seen United cruise towards fourth spot – perhaps even higher – and a place in the Europa League spot. But they have fallen at the first hurdle, setting a gloomy tone for what will be a defining period of the season.
Some will say that failure to beat West Brom signals an end to United’s top four hopes. That may be a bit too far; there are still 10 games left, and United will go level with third placed Liverpool if they win their next two games. Any further slip ups, however, could really signal the end for United and their chances of reaching the Champions League this season.