There was yet another setback for Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side on Thursday night, with the Red Devils going down to a 2-1 defeat away at Fenerbahce, prompting the United boss to publicly criticise his team, again.
Last night’s team clearly wasn’t the eleven who will start against Swansea City on Sunday, but it is yet another damaging blow to morale, and is not ideal preparation for a match United need to win if they are to avoid the unwanted record of making United’s worst start to a Premier League season from the first eleven matches.
Such is United’s indifferent start, should they lose on Sunday, it will be their worst ever Premier League start from 11 matches. While a draw will see them equal their worst start.
Swansea are a team in the midst of a major struggle. They sit second bottom of the Premier League table with just 5 points from 11 matches, with just the one win. They look well of the pace at the moment, and were soundly beaten by Stoke in their last fixture on Monday night, when they went down 3-1 at the bet365 Stadium.
Match betting sees United start the match as favourites, they are a general 3/4 to beat the struggling Swans. The draw is 3/1, with a Swansea victory at 4/1. In other popular betting markets, such as Over/Under 2.5 Goals, the overs is 4/5, with under 2.5 goals at 11/10.
Under normal circumstances this would surely be a routine win for United. But are circumstances normal? That seems to be the issue.
Looking i from afar, all doesn’t seem right. United have put in some decent performances, not always getting the results they deserve, but there have also been some stinkers of performances mixed in with the good ones.
The performance in the 0-0 draw away at Liverpool a couple of weeks back was hailed as a good display (although disciples of Alex Ferguson weren’t too impressed, as they would never have gone there looking for a 0-0, back in Fergie’s days), and no one can really fault the effort, commitment, and chances created in the two home draws with Stoke and Burnley.
They two home draws in particular were dominant performances that really merited 6 points, rather than the 2 they got. Mixed in with those results though, was the Chelsea debacle. That really was a shocking display, and one that isn’t fitting of United.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out for United. They can go one of two ways really, they get back to winning ways at Swansea, and mount a serious challenge for the top 4.
Or they go on with these inconsistent performances, and results. If it is the inconsistent displays, the chances are that the wheels could come off in spectacular style, as there looks to be a potentially toxic mix in the United dressing room, with combustive characters like Mourinho, Pogba, Rooney, Ibramhimovic, etc. Imagine if they all kick off.
If it is a disaster, could United afford another year out of the Champions League? Their list of global partners will expect Champions League football, that’s part of the reason they pay the big bucks.
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There is only so long that a brand – even one the size of Manchester United – can go on trading on the back of past glories. Mourinho has been brought in to bring those glory days back, at the moment though, the jury is still out as to whether he can deliver that.