Graeme Souness: Jose Mourinho is unsure about what to do at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness claimed Jose Mourinho continues to be unsure of his best starting XI at Manchester United.

Mourinho’s men currently sit in sixth spot in the Premier League, 11 points behind Chelsea after recording a fourth successive draw at home this season against West Ham.

The 53-year-old displayed signs of a man under pressure on Sunday, furiously kicking a water bottle in the first half of the contest with Slaven Bilic’s side.

Souness, speaking in the wake of Man United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, claimed that Mourinho remains unsure over what to do at Old Trafford.

“He’s a vastly experienced manager but some of his antics suggest he is just a new guy starting off in the game,” he said.

“He won’t be enjoying that being said about him. But in terms of football, I think he is being let down by his players.

“That group of players should have more points in the bag than they have so far.

“I thought Man United would be flying, but we’re nearly in December and I don’t think Jose knows his strongest XI. He’s still scratching for that and not getting results.”

This is something we’ve seen before. When Mourinho starts to feel the pressure, sparks start to fly. His last season at Chelsea featured touchline bans; the dying embers of his tenure at Real Madrid were somewhat similar. Leathering a water bottle because of a yellow card, at home in the first-half, against a relegation-threatened side – this is a man severely inundated by the world that surrounds him.

That’s one angle you can take on Mourinho. The other states that such actions stem from a deep, heavy-set feeling of die-hard allegiance and passion for this club. The Special One knows that the system he has in place cultivates chances on a regular basis, and United fans will be hopeful to see such emphatic performances translate into a string of positive results as the busy Christmas schedule approaches.

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