Mourinho’s woes multiply as Man Utd loses to West Ham

Manchester United’s troubled season hit a new low on Saturday as Jose Mourinho saw his gamble on introducing a new tactical system backfire with an insipid 3-1 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League.
Mourinho’s woes multiply as Man Utd loses to West Ham
Jose Mourinho


After a week in which he had dropped Paul Pogba as vice-captain and seen his men ousted from the League Cup, Mourinho watched United’s faint title hopes dwindle further at the London Stadium with a new-look set-up but the same old prosaic fare.
Pogba was so ineffectual that he was substituted after 70 minutes but long before that Mourinho’s unfamiliar 3-5-2 line-up had been found wanting as record signing Felipe Anderson scored his first Hammers’ goal with an audacious back-foot flick after just five minutes.
Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot deflected off Victor Lindelof for an unlucky own goal just before the break but though substitute Marcus Rashford gave the visitor hope with a clever volleyed 71st-minute flick, Marko Arnautovic waltzed between United’s central defenders minutes later to seal victory.
Man United’s 10 points equals the club’s worst return after the first seven matches of any season in the Premier League era, heaping more pressure on Mourinho, whose brand of football seems to be delivering neither points nor pleasure to United’s fans. United also had 10 points at this stage of the 2013-14 season but had a superior goal difference.

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