Jose Mourinho told he has become ‘outdated’ at Man United
Chris Sutton suggests that Jose Mourinho's tactical approach at Man United is looking outdated
Chris Sutton has suggested that Jose Mourinho has become “outdated” at Manchester United and that the Portuguese coach’s tactical approach has been costing the Red Devils.
The Portuguese coach has been settling into life at Old Trafford after having been appointed as Louis van Gaal’s permanent successor at the club in the summer of 2016.
Manchester United struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League last season as they ended up in sixth place but they managed to win the League Cup and Europa League to secure Champions League qualification.
The Red Devils suffered a shock Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla in the last 16 stage last week to leave Mourinho’s men playing for the FA Cup and a top-four finish this season.
Mourinho’s team have not got a reputation for being particularly exciting, and former Chelsea FC star Sutton believes that the game has changed considerably since he first broke onto the scene with the Blues back in 2004.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Sutton said: “Mourinho is a changed personality from the charismatic one that first came over in 2004. He is picking silly, personal squabbles.
“Is it disastrous for Manchester United at the moment? No. But is this what Mourinho’s remit was, to come in and finish behind City and not push for major trophies? He is rattled.
“He looks across the city, and the style of football they and Liverpool play. This is a guy who first came on to the scene and was regarded as a genius.
“Now he is looking outdated in the way his team plays and the way other teams play.”
Manchester United will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Swansea City at Old Trafford on 31 March.
The Red Devils are aiming to finish as runners-up to Manchester City this season.