After an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 23 October, things have gone from bad to worse for Manchester United.
Manager Jose Mourinho has given his views on the game and why he feels it went the way it did. “An incredible defensive mistake with capitals in the first half, and then the game is different”.
Concerns for United’s season have been building after a succession of mainly disappointing results.
During pre-season, the year ahead looked extremely promising for the club, especially with such high hopes for Paul Pogba – who joined the squad in a record signing of £89m.
As though Mourinho didn’t have enough to worry about, he must now contend with the injury of centre-back Eric Bailly at Sunday’s game. Clearly defensively there are already cracks within the squad, which are only likely to get worse if Bailly’s injury proves to be serious.
Mourinho has commented on the issue, saying, “He is injured and I am afraid he is badly injured”.
United now have just a few days to prepare for their EFL Cup fixture, against rivals Manchester City. Earlier in the season City came out on top in a 2-1 victory over the reds, during a Premier League meet.
Hopes of Premier League victory seem a distant memory at this stage for United, who may now struggle to make the top four.