Frank Lampard: Why I feel sorry for Jose Mourinho at Man United
The Chelsea FC legend reacts to Jose Mourinho's struggles at Manchester United
Frank Lampard admits he feels sorry for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils plunged into a deeper crisis on Tuesday night following a disappointing goalless draw with La Liga side Valencia in the Champions League.
Manchester United didn’t produce too many moments of genuine quality to test Valencia goalkeeper Neto in their second group stage fixture at Old Trafford.
Some reports in the British media suggested that Mourinho has lost the Manchester United dressing room following a four-game winless run in all competitions.
Manchester United produced less prints than any other team in the Premier League last weekend after the Red Devils lost 3-1 to West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Mourinho has fallen out with his club record signing Paul Pogba after the Manchester United boss stripped the World Cup winner of the vice captaincy.
Lampard didn’t do his former Chelsea FC manager any favours last week after his Derby County side were 8-7 winners on penalties against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup third round at Old Trafford.
The Derby manager, who won two Premier League titles under Mourinho, delivered his verdict on Mourinho’s current predicament at Manchester United.
“Everyone knows my feelings for Jose Mourinho as a manager,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “It is a tough moment. It is a moment that we will all have, that I will have at times, that every manager has.
“I have heard all his interviews lately. He is a big boy. He will get about doing his job. Of course I feel for him. They are not winning games and they want to be – it is Manchester United.
“In terms of players, it can be difficult. You need buy-in from your players and you need sometimes the right message to be coming out. I thought that as a player and I think it even more as a manager.
“And you need complete work rate on the pitch. I am not talking about individuals here, I am saying that is what you need.”
Mourinho has failed to orchestrate a win in his last four games to heap pressure on the Portuguese head coach ahead of their home clash against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils have the opportunity to restore some feel good factor at Old Trafford when Mourinho’s side host Newcastle, who are winless in their opening seven games of the season.
Mourinho took over the reins at Old Trafford from his former FC Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal in May 2016 after Manchester United finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table.
The 55-year-old won the Europa League and the League Cup in Mourinho’s first season in charge of the 20-time English champions to make a positive start to his Old Trafford reign.
Manchester United failed to win a trophy last term after a 1-0 loss to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley following Eden Hazard’s winner.
The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table last term but ended up 19 points adrift of champions Manchester City.