Friday 9 December 2016

Man United stars left 'stunned' by Mourinho's hands-off approach to training

Published 25/10/2016 | 09:07

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the training session at the AON Training Complex, Carrington. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during the training session at the AON Training Complex, Carrington. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 19, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Man United's latest loss, a 4-0 humiliation away to Chelsea, has heaped even more criticism on the Red Devils after a stuttering start to the season but now Jose Mourinho's training ground methods are being scrutinised too.

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After a strong start to the campaign saw United win their first three league games, the Old Trafford side have only recorded one victory since, slumping to three defeats.

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Sunday's hammering at Stamford Bridge was a new low for Mourinho in his latest job, and unsurprisingly, details of behind the scenes issues at Man United are starting to emerge.

In an interesting piece on the back page of today's Times, the training methods of the Portuguese manager are put under the microscope.

The players are said to be disappointed with Mourinho's one-to-one man management, with the United boss said to have detached himself from the squad rather than form personal bonds with his charges in the early stages of his tenure.

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The report goes on to say that Mourinho has been quite 'hands off' in his training sessions.

"Some members of the United squad have been surprised by some of the Portuguese's training ground methods," the article says.

"Mourinho cuts a distant figure, sometimes leaving his assistant Rui Faria to conduct training sessions while he watches from a distance or works in his office."

Mourinho generally instructs his players at the start of each session before moving into the background, sometimes not returning to the session at all.

The Special One said earlier in the week that he is in danger of losing that moniker if he doesn't deliver at Old Trafford and it already looks like he has a very tough task on his hands.

It doesn't get any easier this Wednesday, with Pep Guardiola's men travelling to the Theatre of Dreams for a League Cup clash that has already become hugely important for both of the under pressure managers.

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