Have United Fans Had Enough Of The Mourinho Mentality? 

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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Update: Line Ups Confirmed – Who Will Reach The Promised Land? 

Today at 3pm Wembley hosts the Skybet Championship play off final. The winners will of course claim promotion to the Premier league. The game is often seen as being the richest game in football with a windfall of £200m.

So will it be Reading who were last in the Premier league in the 2012/13 season or Huddersfield Town who last competed in the top flight as far back as 1972. 

Historically Reading have spent most of their history at levels below the top division, but have enjoyed a period of success with 2 promotions in the past 11 years and defied all odds by finishing 8th in the Premier League in 2007. The club did enjoy a memorable day at Wembley in winning the Full Members Cup in 1988

Huddersfield Town have a history that saw them clinch 3 back to back titles (the first club to do so) in the 1920s and an FA Cup during the same period that also included the 1930’s. It’s easy to say that was their golden period as a club as they came close to more titles. After 31 years of tip flight football, the terriers were relegated to the 2nd tier and although they still spent some time back in the old first division…. most of their history has since been spent in the lower divisions. In recent years things have looked up and have reached the high of today’s game.

Today’s Team News

The Terriers boss David Wagner might stick with the team that edged out Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on penalties in the semi final. Although Kasey Palmer sidelined recently is in contention for a return to the squad.

The Royals have doubts over Jordan Obita and Gareth McCleary but  Jaap Staam is hoping left back Obita may be included. Other than that they appear in good health.

Confirmed line up’s:

So who will win promotion today? 

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