Thursday 19 April 2018

'Can anyone pinpoint one player that has improved? - Eamon Dunphy offers scathing assessment of Mourinho's Man United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Eamon Dunphy has questioned whether Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United, saying he 'hasn't improved one Man United player' in his two years at the club.

Mourinho's side played out an uneventful 0-0 draw with Sevilla in their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday, and the Portuguese manager has received criticism from many quarters for not getting the most out of his squad.

His Man United side currently sit 16 points adrift of rivals Manchester City in the Premier League, a title that the Red Devils have yet to win since the departure of Alex Ferguson in 2013.

Pressure is now growing on Mourinho to deliver on expectations raised following big spending on players such as Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

Writing for the Irish Daily Star, Dunphy said Mourinho 'isnt the right fit' for United's young stars Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

"Martial was given just 15 minutes off the bench in Seville. Rashford only got 10 minutes," Dunphy said.

"Go back through Mourinho's career and, for the most part, the guys that delivered for him were senior pros.

"He isn't a manager that nurtures and improves young players."

Dunphy compared Mourinho to fellow top 6 managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who he says have massively improved players like Raheem Sterling and Roberto Firmino since taking charge, and said Mourinho could not make a similar claim.

"Can anyone pinpoint one - just one - Manchester United player that has improved under Mourinho?

"United's outstanding player is David de Gea - and he put another incredible performance against Sevilla on Wednesday night

"But Mourinho can't take any credit for his goalkeeper's brilliance. The Spaniard was operating at the same high level under Louis Van Gaal."

Dunphy referenced Barcelona's search for a new manager in 2007, where Mourinho was considered for the role before ultimately being ruled out on the basis that he was "the wrong fit" for the club.

"In time, it could become crystal clear that the same thing applies to Mourinho at Manchester United," Dunphy said.

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