Former Chelsea winger Joe Cole has backed Jose Mourinho to turn things around at Manchester United this season.
The 53-year-old has made a substandard start to life at Old Trafford, winning just two Premier League games since August – a record that leaves Man United nine points off fourth spot.
However, despite the low points total accumulated so far this season, the United hierarchy, according to reports, have been “encouraged” by the dynamic style of play invoked by the Portuguese so far this season.
Cole, who featured under Mourinho during his first spell at Chelsea, believes that his former boss will begin to churn out results at Old Trafford.
“He’s been so successful over the last 20 years and it has been consistent,” he said. ‘The ball hasn’t started rolling at Man United yet, which is a new experience for him.”
“I think he’ll get time, I think he’ll turn it round. I’ve been watching them and I do genuinely think they’ve been a little bit unlucky.
“I felt they should have won games they’ve drew and the league would look a little bit better for them.”
It is worth noting that Cole, just like Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling this season, received public criticism from the 53-year-old whilst at Chelsea. The media, of course, went berserk at the sight of Mourinho pointing out the flaws of such a universally admired young English talent.
But did it bother Cole? Did he, watching his boss on the TV, retreat under his covers and sob? No, of course not. The Englishman set about improving, and he knows – ten years on – that such criticism helped shape the player he was.
Mourinho will continue to receive derision from the media – either for his man-management style or failure to pick up points. But the 53-year-old will know that the style and ethos being implemented is sending this club in the right direction.