Frank Lampard has insisted that Manchester United’s players will be at fault if the Reds fail to win the Premier League, not manager Jose Mourinho.
The Chelsea legend, who played under Mourinho for many years at Stamford Bridge, was commenting with Man United already eight points their main rivals for the title, Manchester City.
No league title for United this year doesn’t mean City boss Pep Guardiola has triumphed over Mourinho, though, according to Lampard, but that United’s players have failed.
“Mourinho is a manager that likes to win and he has a way of winning. It’s different to Pep Guardiola, different to Antonio Conte and that’s his way,” Lampard said on Omnisport.
“If Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, for me it’s the quality of the players.
“Manchester City have a very strong squad this year, Chelsea still have a very strong squad and I think particularly the first XI, if everybody’s fit, Chelsea are very strong.
“When I look at Manchester United, they’re there around that area, but maybe the other teams can be stronger.
“I certainly don’t think it’ll be the manager, and I actually do think that Manchester United will be competitive towards the end of the season, so we’ll see.”
While in his first season at the club, Mourinho’s success was significantly dependent on the players at his disposal, that’s less true this season. When the Portuguese became manager, he inherited a weak squad from Louis van Gaal.
Guardiola has had to clear out a number of ageing players, but still had a fantastic set of key players when he arrived at the Etihad. This season, Mourinho has had two summer transfer windows and a January window to bring in the players he wants for the football and mentality he wants. He’s had the opportunities and the money, and so ’it’s the players’ fault, not his’ probably won’t cut it as an excuse for most United fans.
Saying that, many of United’s low points this season have been an issue with players, such as two mistakes in Huddersfield for a shock 2-1 defeat in October and missed chances elsewhere.<!—Article End–>