Former Chelsea FC striker criticises Man United manager Jose Mourinho

Chris Sutton critical of Man United boss Jose Mourinho after the club's draw with Wolves

Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Chris Sutton insists that Jose Mourinho needs to ‘take responsibility’ for Manchester United’s poor performances this season.

The Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw with newly promoted Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday ensured that Manchester United fell eight points behind Liverpool FC at the top of the Premier League table.

Mourinho’s men had won their last three matches in all competitions prior to that result, however, criticism of the team’s playing style has been widespread and damning in recent times.

Manchester United are a nowhere near proudcing their swashbuckling, free-flowing style of player that was synonymous with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Indeed, the Red Devils seem to be caught in a downward spiral at the moment under their current Portuguese boss.

Mourinho accused his players of failing to live up to the high standards the club expects of them after the result against Wolves.

But former Chelsea FC striker Sutton believes that Mourinho should be shouldering the blame instead.

“I don’t like Mourinho unburdening the blame on the players,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.” He is the manager. He needs to step up and take responsibility.”

Next up in the Premier League for Manchester United is an away trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham United on Saturday.

West Ham have endured a nightmare start to the season themselves, but they did manage to earn a credible goalless draw against high-flying Chelsea on Sunday.

Manchester United simply have to beat them in order to silence their critics for the time being and keep in touch with their rivals at the top of the table.

Defeat is unthinkable but anything other than three points could see Mourinho forced even closer to the exit door at Old Trafford.

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