Things aren’t looking well for Manchester United.
While the mid-week Carabao Cup exit was dismissed as inconsequential for the long-term, the disappointing league performance that culminated in a 3-1 loss to West Ham is harder to pinpoint excuses upon.
Jose Mourinho fielded a dismal side which lacked in quality. While the second half displayed moments of brilliance and sparks of hope, the club has several things to worry about.
The campaign so far has been following the traditional route of a third season with Jose Mourinho in charge, and all eyes will be on the Red Devils, as they take on the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham in the weeks to come.
As of such, a voice of reason and remarkable experience may have to be heeded.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand stated the following on BT Sport after the club’s loss: “There will be conversations at the top level about the future of the manager and the squad. The basics are not being done and something has to be said.”
He went on to add: “You can’t let a situation like this continue throughout the season – wars in the press, leaks, players on one side of the dressing room, Mourinho and his staff on the other. If that continues this will be one of the worst seasons in the club’s history.”
The words echo the fears held by most Red Devils. and Ferdinand is right on his ‘worst-season’ assessment, as this is the club’s worst start to a league campaign – a feat they never thought they’d see again.
The bigger question here is precisely what can be done to remedy the situation. While the knee-jerk response of sacking Mourinho and hiring Zidane that most fans and outlets are suggesting is romantic in its concept, it would, in truth, lead to a lot of chaos.
Is this the beginning of another dark period at Old Trafford?