Pro-Mourinho sheep enjoy defending the controversial Portuguese by exclaiming that the team isn’t good enough and he wasn’t given funds in the summer to buy a defender who actually has a brain and the ability to make a tackle. However, if you’re Ed Woodward or the slimy muppets otherwise known as the Glazers, why on Earth would you give Mourinho another £300+ million to spend?
The two-time Champions League winner already had four transfer windows to turn Manchester United into Premier League giants once again, but all he did was make bad buy after bad buy after bad buy. Romelu Lukaku, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelöf, Nemanja Matić, Paul Pogba and – worst of all – Alexis Sánchez were all players Mourinho wanted and none of them have been a success: Pogba is made to play too deep, Bailly and Lindelöf are always terrified of the ball, Lukaku never moves, and Sánchez picks up £375K a week to sit on the bench so he’s not in everyone’s space.
Would Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweirald, Diego Godín or Jérôme Boateng have made Manchester United any better? Maybe. But it’s far more likely that they would have been additional victims of Mourinho’s poor management and turned into scapegoats like poor Fred.
Pundits and fans can continue to blame the board for not giving Mourinho even more money to waste, but the painful truth is that they were right to stop his spending as the last thing the club needs is even more overpaid duds in their twilight years. What the board should be lambasted for is giving Mourinho a premature extension on his contract only to realise that he’s untrustworthy.