Now that the dust has settled on the 2018/19 season for most teams (except the teams that still have Europa and Champions League Finals to play. I am guessing you know yourselves), it is time to take stock of what has happened and what could have been.
We start with Manchester United Football Club. What a season the team has had! Now, that was not meant as a compliment. After finishing second in the 2017/18 season with 81 points, it was expected that the team would improve on their very commendable League finish and kick on this season. Jose Mourinho and his team looked like they were ready for business – yes, Mourinho was Manchester United coach at the beginning of the season, in case you have forgotten.
Shockingly, Manchester United was woeful – in style and in results- and seemed not to know how to play. They lost games to Brighton and Hove Albion, Derby County, West Ham United lost at home to Tottenham, drew with Crystal Palace, Southampton and kept dropping points at almost every turn.
The board seemed to have had enough after Mourinho’s Manchester United lost to Liverpool convincingly, making them to have already lost 5 times in 17 games at the time- the season before, Manchester United lost only 7 times. Mourinho was let go shortly after. Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer came in as caretaker at the time and seemed to have steadied the ship, winning eight and drawing one of his first nine games. Manchester United even went further and did the unthinkable and came back from a two-goal deficit at the Parc de Princes against a PSG side that meant business. All seemed well with Manchester United. Fast forward a couple of months and there are more questions than answers in the red side of Manchester- from the Coach, to the players, to the board, to recruitment, to defining what ‘the United way’ should mean, and so on, and so on. All is not well at United – fickle football fans eh?
Things are currently not looking up at Manchester United as their noisy neighbours in blue do not seem like letting up anytime soon as they swept every domestic trophy before them.
Maybe Jose Mourinho was right when he said that his greatest achievement was finishing second in arguably the most competitive League in the world with those set of players at the time (most of them still play for Manchester United).
One thing is certain though; it may get worse before it gets better at Manchester United.