The Sun’s Neil Ashton has delivered his assessment on Jose Mourinho, and it’s fair to say that he hasn’t been kind on the Manchester United boss.
The Red Devils were held at home by West Ham United on Sunday, as they saw the gap between themselves and the top four in the Premier League stretch to eight points after 13 games.
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time this season for not being able to contain his emotions, and ultimately it’s not painting a positive picture of himself or the club.
With United continuing to stall and falling further behind their rivals, it isn’t quite the way things were supposed to go for the ‘Special One’, and Ashton isn’t impressed with his approach or theatrics.
“Mourinho is a menace: out of control, centre stage for all the wrong reasons,” he wrote in column for The Sun. “This angry, snarling, growling man cannot be stopped. He is at war. With himself. With the world. With referee Jon Moss.
“Mourinho was once the face of the world football, the main man after winning the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.
“Everybody – Real Madrid, Chelsea, you name it – wanted a piece of this charismatic super-coach. Now he is just a petulant, spoilt brat.
“He is dragging the good name of Manchester United through the gutter. Mindless. Needless. Shameless. Nobody is surprised, not anymore.”
It’s a damning verdict of the Portuguese tactician, but one that many will share given the way he has acted since taking charge at Old Trafford this past summer.
Gone is the confident manager who boasted tactical excellence and a way with words in which he could deflect any pressure on the club or his players onto him.
Instead, as Ashton notes, there is simply an angry man who can’t help but lash out as everyone around him passes him by and the pressure continues to pile on his shoulders. Mourinho will have to start delivering results and change his ways sooner rather than later, otherwise this could be a dream job that very quickly turns into a nightmare.