José Mourinho is an absolute master in the art of distraction and provides us football fans with an endless means of commentary.
Was anybody really supprised when he scored a touchdown last night with that crate of water bottles? His team had just been saved by a classic Fellaini goal in Fergie time but Mourinho still managed to steal the show. What people are mostly talking about now is that crate throwing incident. Realistically this is just papering over the cracks though as this was Man Utd’s first home goal in the Champions League this season in 3 matches.
Fan frustration is starting to show at Old Trafford with a few empty seats when the match started and many empty by the time the 90th minute began. A sign of the times that the fans are getting fed up with the lack of exciting football being played at the ‘Theatre of dreams’. The trouble for the fans that want rid of Mourinho is how can you fire a manager who wins one week and draws the next with a few sporadic defeats. That inconsistency is probably what is keeping Mourinho in the job oddly enough.
The other major point in the match last night was that David de Gea save to keep the score at 0-0. That guy continues to bail out his team time and time again giving them that opportunity to draw or even win these matches. One can only wonder what shape Man Utd would be in without him. He really is a world class keeper and Man Utd are lucky that he’s sticking around dispite the downturn in fortunes.
Dispite the lack of goals in the Champions League this year Man Utd have still managed to qualify for the last 16 with a match to spare. Something Mourinho has never failed to do in 14 seasons in the Champions League. Something he pointed out after last nights match. He is of course a 2 times winner of the competition and a further 6 times semi-finalist. The historical stats look great for Mourinho but currently reality doesn’t and time will tell if constant masking of the problems will keep Mourinho in this job beyond this season.