Martin Keown urges Jose Mourinho to improve Man United morale

The Arsenal legend believes Jose Mourinho needs to improve the mood in the Manchester United squad

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Martin Keown has urged Jose Mourinho to improve the morale at Manchester United after the international break.

The Red Devils have endured a challenging start to the Premier League season to raise questions about Mourinho’s future at the Old Trafford outfit.

Manchester United have already lost three times in eight games in the English top flight this season to lose significant ground on their top-four rivals.

The 20-time English champions narrowly avoided a fourth Premier League loss after Manchester United came from behind to ease to a 3-2 win over Newcastle United.

Indeed, the Magpies were winning 2-0 after 10 minutes before goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez turned the game on its head.

Their five-goal thriller prompted an eruption of emotion at Old Trafford at the end of the Premier League clash last weekend after relentless speculation about Mourinho’s situation at Old Trafford.

Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Mourinho needs to brighten the mood at Manchester United if their win over Newcastle is to prove a turning point.

“The fact that Newcastle — a team no one is fearing in the Premier League — could be in such a commanding position at half-time at Old Trafford highlights how bad things are for Manchester United,” Keown told the Daily Mail when asked by a reader if Mourinho had turned a corner.

“It was only once United had their backs to the wall that their quality came flowing out.

“These players are capable of exciting football and Jose Mourinho needs to find a way for his side to express themselves more consistently.

“I’m hoping Mourinho comes back refreshed from this international break with a smile on his face and can change the mood in the dressing room.

“Right now, I don’t think anyone is enjoying it at Manchester United. There are still players who are wounded, such as Eric Bailly who was substituted after 19 minutes against Newcastle.

“Mourinho came into the game as a translator. Has he lost the art of communication with the modern day player?”

Manchester United will make the long trip to Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game on Saturday 20 October when Mourinho returns to his former club Chelsea FC.

The Red Devils are in eighth place in the Premier League table and seven points off the pace in the title race following losses to Brighton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.

Manchester United will take on Serie A giants Juventus in the Champions League group stage later in October after a return of four points from their opening two fixtures.

The Red Devils were 3-0 winners against Young Boys in the Champions League in September before Manchester United were held to a goalless draw with Valencia.

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