Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has built an infamous reputation for unceremonious exits from his jobs. The Portuguese manager has seldom parted ways on an amicable note with his employers, and it appears, that he is headed towards the same outcome in his relationship with United.
However, Mourinho also has a reputation of being a winner, and that has proved to be his saving grace in most conditions. It was the sole reason why Chelsea risked bringing him back to Stamford Bridge in 2013, despite undergoing an unpleasant experience with him at the end of his first spell in 2007.
The very same reputation landed Mourinho the United job in 2016. However, it is slowly proving to be a bad decision by both parties. Mourinho is already in the infamous third year of his job, and his side doesn’t look close to winning any major trophy. The latest defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion was just another example of how far United find themselves behind the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. Even the fans have started to lose faith in Mourinho’s cautious approach to football, and his constant negativity in interviews.
We are only two weeks into the new season, and there are already talks of him leaving the job this season. If you have followed Mourinho for long enough, it’s quite easy to decipher whatever happens next. The summer window was a frustrating one for Mourinho, but perhaps it was the biggest indicator that even Ed Woodward has lost faith in his manager. It’s no surprise that Mourinho is now the favourite for the ‘next Premier League manager to get sacked’ with most online betting websites.
In his two years with United, Mourinho’s biggest achievement has been the Europa League trophy. A lot more was expected of Mourinho, considering the kind of support he was provided by United in the market. The Portuguese certainly divides opinions with his management, but he been a top manager for so long because of his trophy haul, which includes two Champions League titles and eight league titles. He has won an important trophy in his every major job, but it appears that time has already run out for him at United.
Before his time at United, Mourinho had repeatedly claimed that managing the Red Devils would be his dream job. At present, it looks like his dream job would be the biggest blot on his impressive resume.