Former Chelsea defender Robert Huth believes the players at Manchester United aren’t making Jose Mourinho’s job any easier by thinking they should be playing in different positions.
United have made a horrible start to their 2018/19 season as they have a tally of 10 points from seven matches.
The Red Devils didn’t make for good viewing as they went down 1-3 to a spirited West Ham United on Saturday, barely days after Championship side Derby County had sent them tumbling from the Carabao Cup.
“What Mourinho had at Chelsea and at his other previous clubs was that the players bought 100 per cent into what he was trying to do,” Huth, who was under Mourinho from 2004 to 2006, told Sky Sports.
“There was no ‘I don’t like what we’re doing’. Even if some players didn’t like what the plan was they bought into it and did the job 100 per cent.”
Huth, who won the Premier League with Chelsea and Leicester City both, is now a free agent after failing to agree to a contract extension with the Foxes in the summer.
“At the moment at United, there are too many voices saying ‘we should be doing this, we should be doing that or I should be playing in this position’.That’s when you get a performance like the one at West Ham, it just looked disjointed.”
The German defender also opined that the self-styled Special One’s confidence was low at the moment.
“He seems to have lost a bit of the swagger, the ‘I don’t care attitude’ he used to have and the connection with the players.”
Mourinho’s managed some of the biggest clubs in the world, from Inter Milan to Real Madrid, but it seems he’s in the midst of a rut he can’t get out of at Manchester United.
“If you look back years ago at Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea he used to have an instant connection, a spark with the players. They would do everything for him but at the moment it’s not quite there,” the 34-year-old added.
United take on Valencia in the UEFA Champions League in midweek before playing Newcastle United on the weekend in the Premier League and it’s possible that should they lose both games, Mourinho could get the sack.
Zinedine Zidane has reportedly been sounded out with regards to replacing Mourinho in the Old Trafford hotseat.