Imagine waking up on Thursday morning, after a heavy defeat by Arsenal at the Theater of Nightmares, and be greeted by headlines that Jose Mourinho has been SACKED as Manchester United Manager.
What a beautiful day that would be. I am sure United fans would love that too, because if they are honest, the dream that many had that Mourinho would take the club back to the glory days of legendary Alex Ferguson is just that, a dream.
The Portuguese arrived in Manchester two years ago after two failed disastrous managerial reigns of the Chosen One David Moyes and the Wrong One Dutch LVG.
Mou had been sacked by Chelsea owner Abramovich just the previous season but Man Utd’s hierarchy had absolute confidence in his ability that they chose to ignore the petulance when facing the media, poor man-management that had caused divisions in dressing rooms and an inability to stay at one club for a lengthy period of time.
Has this gamble paid off?
Well, United have not been in the race for the title in the period the Portuguese has been in charge and in his third season, nothing worth reporting is being built in the red of Manchester.
With the club 16 points behind league leaders Manchester City, it certainly looks like the only trophy headed to Old Trafford is the “We-beat-Juventus-away” trophy.
Mou has even set the EPL target for his team to be to finish in the top four. And going by the silence from the reds fans, seems they will be contented with the same thing they would bash Wenger for. “Top Four si trophy”.
The fallout with his superstars have not helped him either. With better man-management Pogba is a world-class midfielder. Alexis Sanchez can win you matches but Mou has killed the Chilean spirits. And the list of players underperforming partly due lack of confidence from their manager is long- Martial, Rashford, Bailly, Shaw.
This is the best time the mighty Arsenal could meet a Mourinho team. After years of dominance over Arsene Wenger teams, which he followed with classless ridicule of our magnificent Le Prof, I wouldn’t shed a tear if Mourinho is sacked tomorrow morning.
And this isn’t as far-fetched as many red Devils fans would think. A loss at home to Arsenal and Man United are 19 points behind league leaders City and 11 points off fourth place.
Another scenario is that I might have just jinxed it with this overconfidence and will be forced to stay offline tomorrow after a poor Manchester somehow finds a way to halt Unai Emery’s red army.