Alan Shearer hits out at ’embarrassing’ Man United

Alan Shearer has his say on Manchester United's difficult start to the season under Jose Mourinho

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Alan Shearer has described Manchester United as “embarrassing” following their stuttering start to the new season under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils have found themselves under intense pressure in recent weeks following their inconsistent form in all competitions.

Manchester United have already lost three games in their opening eight fixtures this season to leave them off the pace in the race for the Premier League title.

Mourinho’s men did manage to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they came from two goals down to seal a thrilling 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the top flight.

Manchester United’s poor start to the new season has inevitably prompted questions about Mourinho’s future at the club.

His side are currently in eighth place in the Premier League table and seven points behind leaders Manchester City in a campaign in which they would have been hoping to challenge for the title.

And England legend Shearer did not hold back when he delivered his assessment of the goings on at Manchester United in recent weeks.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer said: “I think they all have to share the blame, the whole football club of late has been embarrassing.

“When you consider who they are, what they are, what brand they are, Manchester United. Not only front pages, but back pages. It’s clear the board hasn’t backed him, he wanted a centre-back and didn’t get it.

“This team defensively conceded one more than Man City last year, but they are all over the place this year because they’re constantly hearing their manager tell them they’re not good enough. That has to affect their confidence.

“And the players have to take their share of the blame as well, because quite clearly they can put the effort in like they did in the second-half. You didn’t see that at West Ham last week, or Valencia midweek, so they can do it.”

Most Manchester United fans would probably agree that the players could have shown more desire in recent games during their difficult run so far this season.

And it remains to be seen whether Saturday’s dramatic victory could end up being a springboard to better performances and results as Mourinho looks to try and turn around the Red Devils’ campaign.

Manchester United will now aim to make it back to back wins in the Premier League when they return to action after the international break with a crunch clash against Mourinho’s former club Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 20 October.

They will then take on Juventus in the Champions League at Old Trafford three days later.

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