Mourinho proves Man Utd's problems have occurred for years

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith 10 May 2022 23:00 CEST 3 min read
Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho, Man Utd

A Jose Mourinho quote from 2019 has resurfaced and highlights the state Manchester United were in at the time and how their recent slide should come as no great surprise.

Mourinho, currently Roma's head coach, joined Man Utd in 2016 after six months out of the game following his second exit from Chelsea.

He guided the Red Devils to League Cup and Europa League glory in his first season and those two trophies remain the most recent successes in Man Utd's history, despite the huge investment into the squad.

Roughly €800 million has been spent on players since that Europa League victory, and that doesn't even included the vast amount of wages paid to each player in the five years since the triumph under Mourinho.

'The Special One' lasted just over two years in the Old Trafford dugout before leaving in December 2018. He was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was given the role on a full-time basis after an interim period following Mourinho's departure.

Man Utd finished seventh in Mourinho's first season, but the Portuguese head coach masterminded a second-place finish the following year. That proved to be his final full season in the job, after a poor start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof were all signed ahead of Mourinho's second season, and those moves represented the faith the club had in Mourinho.

It was repaid by the aforementioned second placed finish. However, Mourinho's time at the club was soon called and since then it's been a struggle for Man Utd. The 2021/22 season is their worst ever in the Premier League, and incoming manager Erik ten Hag has a huge job on his hands.

But, Mourinho predicted Man Utd's decline back in 2019, after he left the club.

What did Mourinho say?

He was slightly mocked at the time given his successes with Chelsea and Inter in particular, but Mourinho admitted: "One of the best jobs of my career was to finish second with Man Utd in the Premier League.

"I keep saying this because people don't know what's going on behind the scenes."

Man Utd have one of the most pricey squads in world football, yet will be nowhere near the Champions League places once the season is over. Despite heavy investment, it's clear that the club need to spend more to compete with the top teams once again.