Ian Wright: Why I don’t think Man United manager Jose Mourinho is overrated

The Arsenal legend defends Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Ian Wright has insisted that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho isn’t overrated.

The Red Devils boss has endured a tough start to his Old Trafford reign after taking charge following Louis van Gaal’s dismissal in May.

The 20-time English made a promising start after winning their opening three Premier League games thanks to victories over Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.

However, the Red Devils have managed to win just two of their last 11 Premier League fixtures to leave the 20-time English champions in sixth place and a staggering 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Mourinho ended his second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in disappointing fashion after the west London side made a dreadful start to the defence of their Premier League crown in 2015-16.

Asked if Mourinho is overrated as a manager, former Arsenal striker Wright told BBC Radio Five Live’s 606 show:

“I don’t think he’s overrated. His powers seem to be waning in terms of what he is capable of doing now.

“The player power that he had and the bond that he had with the players seems to be gone. They don’t seem to be going through brick walls for him. He seems to be finding excuses for things.

“Mourinho is still a great manager [but] he doesn’t have the same power.”

The Red Devils finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season.

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The 20-time English champions won the FA Cup at Wembley thanks to a 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace.

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