Jose Mourinho’s career stoops to a new low
Footballing sites like Goal and Bleacher Report left no stones unturned and bashed Manchester United’s woeful start to the season. In fairness, Mourinho and his men cannot complain. The build up to the Spurs match was on the back of a dreadful 3-2 loss against Brighton & Hove Albion. It was expected from Mourinho that he would opt for a more organized structure and reshape his defence. Instead of that, what followed was baffling and ludicrous from Mourinho. Herrera started as a right sided centre back and partnered Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Fred, Matic, and Pogba started in the midfield and were flanked by Valencia and Luke Shaw. Lingaard was in behind the Belgian striker, Lukaku.
Lukaku would rue his heart out as he missed a sitter after Danny Rose gifted him possession inside Spurs’ penalty area. The missed chance came to haunt United as Trippier put a hopeful cross in and Kane, who recently put his World Cup voodoo behind scored from a brilliant header. Moura was on the scoresheet 2 minutes from the first goal, and the Brazilian wreaked havoc against a nervy United backline. Luke Shaw seemed to be the only positive although Pogba and Fred had decent games respectively. United will now look back at the 3-0 defeat and one can say the Jose’s day may be numbered. Mourinho suffered his worst defeat at home for any club he has managed, a record the Portuguese would like not to talk about.
Ronaldo yet to open his Juventus account
2 games down, and the mercurial Portuguese is yet to register his name on the scoresheet. Juventus took on Lazio for their second game of the season, and it was a tight affair throughout. Pjanic gave Juventus the lead by smashing in an inch-perfect volley worthy of deciding any match. Lazio remained resolute and Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto were brilliant while skipper Lulic made few great runs down the flank. Ronaldo was a peripheral figure in the first half, but cometh the second half he moved to the left and produced few great crosses, which his teammates were unable to convert.
However, in a comical way he did assist Mandzukic for Juventus’ second, although he had little idea about it. Juventus fans seemed content with Ronaldo’s overall performance, and he has certainly shown sparks of his old Manchester days, but the Portuguese would love to get his first Serie A goals to settle a few nerves.
Martial still on the fringes
It is proving to be a year of utmost disappointments as Anthony Martial again had to start on the bench as he saw Spurs thrash United 3-0 at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is yet to be convinced by the Frenchman, but a move away from United seems implausible. Most recently, bids from AC Milan and Atletico Madrid were ruled out. Martial has expressed his discontentment in the past as well, but looking at Mourinho’s plans, it seems quite likely that the Frenchman should look to ply trade for another club.