Manchester United‘s torrid times continued this past weekend, after they were beaten 3-2 by an unfancied Brighton. The defeat increased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho, especially after the circumstances surrounding the lack of top-class signings during the summer transfer window.
What’s worse, The Times are now reporting that Mourinho was so dejected after the loss, that he could hardly muster up the courage to address his players.
Speculation is rife around Old Trafford at the moment that fans are joining in to the belief that Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward isn’t exactly handling operations all that well at the club, and that Mourinho’s plan for investment in defenders in the summer was denied for all the wrong reasons.
Many among the United faithful are of the belief that Woodward is one of the individuals that is supportive of the Glazers, against whom a large portion of the fans have revolted in the past.
Not just this, Woodward’s foresight has been questioned after his hesitancy to consider Harry Maguire as a potential United player before the World Cup campaign for England, where the Leicester City defender exceeded expectations and had his value soar to over £65 million.
Elsewhere, despite the embarrassing defeat, Jose Mourinho looks adamant to keep his place as the Red Devils’ boss.
Despite the heavy criticism over his handling of players such as Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, and Anthony Martial, an inside source has supposedly claimed that the board backs the Portuguese, effectively quashing rumours of a Zinedine Zidane arrival for the time being.
The shambolic display against Brighton and Hove Albion has nonetheless raised serious questions over United’s ability to stick together as a team, and even muster up anything half decent in attack.
The performance at the Amex Stadium has drawn the ire of fans as well as former players such as Paul Scholes, who have publicly berated certain players for their lacklustre displays.