This is Manchester United now.
This is what Jose Mourinho does. This is how he plays. Any team he’s managed over the last fifteen years has played with defending as their number one priority, so United fans shouldn’t be surprised. None of us should be surprised.
What we should be surprised about is that United under Mourinho can’t even defend. The team is so disjointed, from attack all the way back to the defence that they don’t actually know what they’re trying to do.
Listless, aimless, hopeless, rudderless. Those were the adjectives being thrown in United’s and Mourinho’s direction after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla on Wednesday night.
In truth, those words could be applied to United’s form all season. At times, they’ve got away with it but that has looked more by luck than by design. This performance was a culmination of everything bad they’ve done this year.
Manchester United supporters pride themselves on their attacking traditions. The trailblazing identity that set them apart other teams, their ability to light up Old Trafford with a willingness to take the game to their opponents.
We could easily be building ‘the United way’ up to more than it actually was or is, but it sure as hell was better than how the team are playing now.
They may have spent millions upon millions on the best players from all over the world but they’re not a team. They didn’t do anywhere near enough, and the most worrying thing of all is that Sevilla didn’t even…