Saturday's 3-1 defeat away at West Ham was the fourth of Manchester United's season so far and even though the season is only 7 games old, United find themselves in 10th position and already 9 points off the top of the table.
If United are to revive their season then they need to do it quick and here's 5 ways Mourinho can turn it around...
1. Address the Pogba Situation
It's no secret that the relationship between Mourinho and Pogba is likely at this moment to be beyond repair. The pair have been firing shots at each other ever since the season began, starting with Pogba saying he had things he felt he couldn't say after United's opening game against Leicester. It seems Mourinho has become fed up with Pogba's attitude, deciding to strip him of the vice captaincy following Pogba's complaints of Mourinho's defensive football and his social media use.
The relationship between the pair has become toxic and is regurarly dominating the back pages and has almost made United a daily circus. The conflict is clearly having an impact on the rest of the dressing room and if Mourinho can get Pogba back on side then it certainly would help a revival at United. An in form Pogba could be unplayable and win United a lot of games, like we saw in the World Cup.
2. Reignite Alexis Sanchez
There was almost a sense of triumph when United beat City to the signing of Sanchez back in January. Since then however, it is probably City having the last laugh, with Sanchez having only managed a mere two goals since is arrivlal in the North West.
Sanchez travelled to London on Saturday and failed to even make the bench, suggesting even Mourinho has become frusrated with the form of a player that promised so much on arrival. Sanchez on his day is clearly a class act, this was there for all to see when he played for Arsenal, if Mourinho can find a way to get the best out of Sanchez then United could be well on their way to turning around the season.
3. Sign a Centre Back
This issue will have to wait until January but it is clear that United are desperatley in need for a centre back to help what is becoming an exposed defence.
It is easy to see why Mourinho was so frustrated at his club's failure to bring in a centre back during the summer. He bought in McTominay to play there on Saturday and described him as the best of the three. Last year's summer signing Victor Lindelof was subbed off and questions remain as to whether he really is Man United standard whilst both Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have always had their reservastons. It's clear United need at least one new centre back in January if they are to turn fortunes around.
4. A More Attacking Approach
Maybe Pogba coming out in the media and attacking Mourinho's approach was the wrong thing to do but it is fair to say he may of had a point. Mourinho has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal, Pogba, Sanchez, Martial, Lingard, Rashford and Lukaku to name a few.
It seems crazy that despite all the wealth of attacking players he has, Mourinho's approach is often seen as pragmatic and outdated and no wonder some of his attacking players have become frustrated. If Mourinho was to change his approach and allow for more attacking football, it could see a change of United's results.
5. Win More Games
It sounds simple but United are just not winning enough games. Already this season they have dropped points against West Ham, Brighton, Wolves and lost at home to Derby in the League Cup, these results for Manchester United are just simply not good enough. Mourinho's men to have winnable games coming up against Newcastle, Everton and Bournemouth however also face trips to Chelsea and Manchester City in the next month. This may be the most important month of Mourinho's career.
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