Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night time with under-fire supervisor Jose Mourinho being punished for his destructive method.
The defeat by Sevilla raises recent questions on whether or not Mourinho is the appropriate man for United, with the FA Cup now the membership’s solely hope of silverware this season.
Sportsmail‘s consultants Martin Keown, Jamie Redknapp, Chris Sutton, Ian Ladyman, Ian Herbert and Chris Wheeler give their verdict on whether or not United ought to stick with Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho is below scrutiny after Manchester United’s Champions League elimination
MARTIN KEOWN – He is conceited, why cannot his crew match it?
After each large win, Jose Mourinho appears to turn into too intelligent for his personal good.
Why change the crew that beat Liverpool on Saturday? Scott McTominay will need to have been questioning what on earth he had completed fallacious and Marcus Rashford was pushed to the appropriate having been good on the left.
After essential outcomes Mourinho can turn into too conceited. We noticed it earlier than this sport when he hit again at feedback by Frank de Boer.
United have to play within the daring and bolshy manner their supervisor conducts his press conferences. It’s what the followers anticipate. They wish to see their crew dictating play and dominating, not reacting to the opposition.
The United supervisor determined to deploy Marcus Rashford on the appropriate flank in opposition to Sevilla
Previous Trafford is a surprisingly intimidating place for the house crew when the stress is on. I performed there for England in opposition to Greece when David Beckham’s last-minute free-kick despatched us to the 2002 World Cup.
As we had been chasing a consequence, the bottom was virtually like a theatre with folks watching anxiously in silence — as a participant, that works in opposition to you.
Romelu Lukaku has the flexibility to be a high striker. Rashford can embarrass any full again on the planet. Mourinho has the personnel however doesn’t appear to wish to use them in a dominant method. He’s the appropriate man for the job however he must let these gamers play.
It’s 5 years since United final received the Premier League. Whereas the crew have been in transition, they’ve misplaced their aura.
Taking part in the way in which they did in opposition to Sevilla shouldn’t be learn how to get it again.
United’s solely reasonable remaining probability of glory below Mourinho this season is the FA Cup
JAMIE REDKNAPP – Do not go but, however DO enliven your play!
Did anybody suppose that Jose Mourinho was going to go to Previous Trafford and play huge, expansive soccer?
With Mourinho you get a confirmed winner, not fairly soccer.
The issue this season is that Pep Guardiola has proved you will be completely dominant whereas enjoying nice soccer.
Manchester Metropolis are enjoying virtually a special sport to the remainder of the Premier League.
Mourinho might not be the one supervisor below stress to compete with Metropolis however United are the one crew within the high 4 who are usually not pleasing to observe.
Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly look dejected throughout United’s defeat by Sevilla at Previous Trafford
United can nonetheless win the FA Cup this season in what could be a 3rd trophy in two years for Mourinho.
They’re 9 factors away from Chelsea in a top-four spot and are more likely to make investments closely once more to attempt to shut the hole on Metropolis subsequent season.
Mourinho will level to the truth that United are rebuilding however, by way of the way in which they play, you can not say that any actual progress has been made.
Whereas I argued in my Sportsmail column lately that Mourinho had not completed sufficient to earn his new contract, I equally don’t suppose he ought to go away the membership.
After this defeat by Sevilla, it’s clear that now’s the time for Mourinho to vary his method.
CHRIS SUTTON – If you are going to bore use then win trophies…
If you play this sort of destructive soccer, it’s important to again it up with trophies. Jose Mourinho will level to his League Cup and Europa League triumphs final season however these are usually not titles Manchester United needs to be aiming for.
Mourinho stated in 2013: ‘I do not wish to win the Europa League. It will be an enormous disappointment for me.’
Essentially the most staggering factor about his feedback after Tuesday’s defeat was his acceptance of the consequence. It recommended that Mourinho and United are content material with their present place. Are they now not reaching for the celebrities?
United signed Romelu Lukaku from Everton final summer time for an preliminary price of £75million
162 – Instances Alexis Sanchez has misplaced possession within the Premier League for Manchester United — greater than every other participant within the division since he joined the membership in January.
Mourinho has spent near £300million however has did not mount a critical problem for the most important prizes. All of it boils all the way down to their fashion of play.
Had it been Actual Madrid or Barcelona, I may perceive that United would wish to be cautious. However Sevilla? They’re fifth in La Liga.
Mourinho is a confirmed winner. He stays the appropriate man for the job however he faces two selections. Both he will get his crew enjoying on the entrance foot or proves that his destructive model of soccer can get outcomes.
Chris Smalling can’t cover his frustration after United crashed out of the Champions League
IAN LADYMAN – He cannot survive if he carries on enjoying like this
Manchester United are already a greater membership below Jose Mourinho.
They’ve higher gamers and a supervisor who can win issues. He might properly win the FA Cup this season.
The membership did not nourish and regenerate United’s first crew adequately throughout Sir Alex Ferguson’s last years in cost, and each supervisor has paid the value for his or her lack of foresight and poor planning.
That rebuilding course of goes on and few managers are higher constructed than Mourinho to deal with the inevitable criticism and focus that can come his manner throughout that point.
Mourinho’s United facet have been criticised in some quarters for his or her destructive method
JOSE MOURINHO’S RECENT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RECORD
2017-18 – Manchester United – Final 16
2015-16 – Chelsea – Final 16
2014-15 – Chelsea – Final 16
2013-14 – Chelsea – Semi-finals
2012-13 – Actual Madrid – Semi-finals
Nonetheless, if Mourinho is to proceed past this summer time — an low season that can witness extra heavy spending — he merely can’t proceed to encourage the sort of moribund soccer performed by his crew lately.
There’s a delusion about Mourinho that claims he has at all times performed this fashion. That is not true. He has at all times been a realistic coach, one who can suffocate a sport when mandatory. There’s a talent in that.
However he has not at all times been so dreadfully unambitious. His first Chelsea crew didn’t play that manner after they received Mourinho 5 main trophies in three seasons.
In order the 55-year-old appears to be like to the long run and plans the continued rebuilding of his United squad, he should attempt to envisage a time when he makes an attempt to play some correct soccer once more.
If Mourinho doesn’t do this then he can’t — and mustn’t — survive.
Mourinho now finds himself below stress to change United’s enjoying fashion in quest of success
IAN HERBERT – Categorically NOT the appropriate man for the job
It is what Jose Mourinho says, as a lot as his crew’s pitiful defeat by Sevilla, that tells you he’s categorically not the person to revive Manchester United to the excessive plateau.
His utterances have turn into a stream of distraction strategies, calculated to deflect from the place the crew truly stand. Monday’s savage assault on Frank de Boer had these current scrambling to find what the Dutchman had truly stated concerning the membership.
Ludicrous, imagined slights have turned him right into a dour particular person — bereft of that previous capability to gentle up a room or make good gamers nice. The diminution of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez is on him. The advance of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah — each Mourinho rejects — mocks him weekly.
Sir Alex Ferguson additionally laid false trails after defeat. His ‘typical Germans’ barb deflected from 2010 Champions League elimination by Bayern Munich. However there was often a sunny manner when he arrived to speak the next Friday.
Mourinho is the caretaker: the person who has restored credibility to an incredible membership. Others should now find the heights.
Mourinho has struggled to get the most effective out of star gamers together with Paul Pogba this season
Alexis Sanchez has been unable to make a significant influence since becoming a member of from Arsenal in January
CHRIS WHEELER – They haven’t any selection however to make it work
For these followers who imagine that Jose Mourinho was by no means the appropriate selection for Manchester United, the Champions League debacle in opposition to Sevilla offered loads of justification.
They had been raised on the exhilarating soccer of Sir Alex Ferguson, and what they’re seeing proper now’s the polar reverse of that.
It is much more painful as a result of Manchester Metropolis are sauntering in direction of the title below Pep Guardiola enjoying a model of soccer they wish to see at Previous Trafford.
Will Mourinho’s groups ever play in the most effective traditions of United? No. Does that make him the fallacious match? In the long run, sure, it most likely does.
Winger Jesse Lingard, who got here on instead, was left devastated by United’s defeat
Mourinho’s joyless manner — sniping at rival managers and pundits — is mirrored by his crew’s performances.
However after three years of drifting within the fallacious path below David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, United wanted stability.
They went for a headline act to rival Guardiola and have backed him to the tune of £295million. They knew what they had been getting.
Altering any time quickly would signify one other backward step within the tough post-Ferguson period.
For now, United and Mourinho haven’t any selection however to attempt to make this work.