Manchester United seemingly bounced back from Sunday’s Manchester derby defeat last night with a win at Old Trafford against Bournemouth.
However, not everybody that supports the red half of Manchester was satisfied with the overall performance. Romelu Lukaku’s first half goal clinched the 3 points, but the lack of attacking prowess, as United only managed 2 shots on target thoughout the 90 minutes has left some with an axe to grind.
It’s not the first time the Portuguese tactician has been called into question during his time in the Old Trafford hotseat.
Many have questioned they are not ‘Playing the United way’… Eeking out odd goal victories amid a ‘backs to the wall’ performance is a million miles away from the free flowing entertaining title winning football served up under the tender of the great Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Mourinho out brigade are slowly starting to rear their heads, but it’s fair to say that with the size of United’s worldwide fan base, what might seem like a vocal section of discontent is actually just a small minority of keyboard warriors.
Or is there more to it? What is the mood like on the Stretford End? Many may share the notion that all in all it’s the points that matter. Even if we do want to be entertained we can’t always get the wish to be engrossed in a free flowing comfortable victories. On the other hand some would argue they pay enough money and would expect a certain level of entertainment.
Overall, is the criticism unfair or does Jose need to change things?
United do sit 2nd in the premier and have scored 37 goals. Which is the 2nd most. It’s hard to use Manchester City’s form as a yardstick as their season has been extraordinary so far.
There have been games where United have convincingly dispatched teams and scored 3 or 4 goals. However the Mourinho out camp would argue there have been more games where United have sat back and negatively held on by the skin of their teeth or approached games from the off with the plan to ‘shut up shop’
So what’s it to be? Happy to scrap for the points by whatever means? Or the need to be satisfyingly entertained?
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