Jose Mourinho favourite Frank Lampard has jumped to the defence of his former manager, instead shifting blame to the Manchester United players for their failures.
The Red Devils have done relatively ok so far this season but have been blown away by an inform Manchester City who are currently leading the Premier League table, eight points ahead of them.
United have had blips in their form with losses to Huddersfield and Chelsea while a draw against Liverpool was also costly.
Mourinho’s men started the season with a series of top displays but have since stagnated in the absence of star player Paul Pogba.
Speaking on the Premier League predictions, Lampard believes that any future title shortcomings will be down to the players rather than the manager.
According to the Daily Express, Frank said: “Mourinho is a manager that likes to win and he has a way of winning. It’s different to Pep Guardiola, different to Antonio Conte and that’s his way.
“If Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, for me it’s the quality of the players.
“Manchester City have a very strong squad this year, Chelsea still have a very strong squad and I think particularly the first XI, if everybody’s fit, is very strong.
“When I look at Manchester United, they’re around that area, but maybe the other teams can be stronger. I certainly don’t think it’ll be the manager.”
Old Trafford has seen a vast array of players come and go since Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement and if Frank Lampard’s claims are correct then fans may see even more changes.
David Moyes brought in two players during his short tenure and made the shocking announcement that the squad handed to him wasn’t good enough.
Louis Van Gaal then came in next and shuffled the deck, moving players short of confidence on and bringing in players that better suited his own tactical style.
Unfortunately for the Dutchman, his style of football was widely criticised and he ultimately fell short of the board’s targets.
Since then Jose Mourinho has taken over and gotten rid of some dead wood, investing huge sums of money into the current squad and while it seems to be working so far, his decisions will be judged at the end of the season.