After two dismal years of Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho was supposed to make Manchester United entertaining again. With hindsight, he probably wasn’t the best appointment in mind if you’re after goals, flair and end-to-end football.
The Portuguese has a trophy cabinet that any top manager would be envious of, but he’s never exactly carved out a reputation for himself when it comes to playing entertaining football with an emphasis on attack.
United have officially gone backwards in terms of league position, going from 4th and 5th under Van Gaal to a confirmed final position of 6th this season under Mourinho, but it’s not just results that have been disappointing, it’s been the manner of them.
Once one of the best teams in Europe to watch in the Sir Alex Ferguson years, United are now officially a worse team to watch at home than Hull City have been this season.
Premier League home wins 2016/17Tottenham17Chelsea16Arsenal, Everton13Liverpool, Man City11Leicester, Burnley10Bournemouth, WBA9Watford, Hull8MAN UTD, Swansea, Stoke, West Ham7Southampton, Crystal Palace6Middlesbrough4Sunderland3
The Red Devils have won fewer games (seven to Hull’s eight) at Old Trafford, and scored fewer goals (24) than Hull’s tally (27) at the KC Stadium – and this is a side who’ll be playing in the Championship next season.
Luckily United have been better away from home, scoring more goals on their travels than on their own turf – a record Mourinho shares with his neighbour Pep Guardiola – must be something in the Manchester air.
Still, after spending vast sums of money on attacking midfield talent such as Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan last summer, not to mention the free transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mourinho will have to do far better next season.
Premier League goals scored at home 2016/17Chelsea50Tottenham47Liverpool, Everton42Man City37Arsenal36Bournemouth35Leicester29West Brom, Hull27Watford, Burnley, Swansea25MAN UTD, Stoke, Crystal Palace24West Ham19Southampton, Middlesbrough17Sunderland16
Man Utd's PL home record in full (wins in bold)
Man Utd 2-0 Southampton
Man Utd 1-2 Man City
Man Utd 4-1 Leicester
Man Utd 1-1 Stoke
Man Utd 0-0 Burnley
Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal
Man Utd 1-1 West Ham
Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham
Man Utd 3-1 Sunderland
Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough
Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool
Man Utd 0-0 Hull
Man Utd 2-0 Watford
Man Utd 1-1 Bournemouth
Man Utd 0-0 West Brom
Man Utd 1-1 Everton
Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea
Man Utd 1-1 Swansea
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No wonder this nickname has been doing the rounds…
— Chris Foot (@cfoot7) May 11, 2017
Chelsea fans rename Jose Mourinho ‘The Special 1-1’ after Manchester United draw again😂😂
— Mohsinkhan Mahadik (@Bantai_EkNumber) April 30, 2017
It's #Mourinho time.
— Eamon Lowe (@EamonLowe) May 4, 2017