It’s only the third week of the season and Manchester United have already lost back to back games. The Red Devils sunk to a 3-0 drubbing at home to Tottenham Hotspur, a team that’s lost more times at Old Trafford than at any other Premier League ground. The defeat not only leaves United in 13th place with an embarrassing -3 goal difference, it heaps a pile of pressure on an out-of-favour José Mourinho. Many say this has been coming while others never expected it, regardless, we’re witnessing one of the biggest downward spirals in footballing history.
Here are three reasons behind Manchester United’s misery.
Manchester United are meant to be the biggest club in the world, both commercially and financially. They’re a team that boasts a worldwide fanbase with an imposing reputation to match. With such stature, United should be able to attract any player in the world. With all the money in the world, there’s no reason United should have such gaping holes in their first team squad. José Mourinho made it evidently clear that he wanted a centre-back in the summer, a target Ed Woodward failed to deliver, leading to more animosity from his Portuguese employee.
But can you blame Ed Woodward? He’s given Mourinho millions to spend over the past two years and he’s not delivered a title-competing team. The same players he lambasts in Victor Lindelöf and Eric Bailly are the same players Mourinho blew £60m on recently, so why would he be trusted with more funds? The message should be clear: coach what you have if you don’t how to spend properly.