Jose Mourinho has called for patience as his Manchester United side continue to come to grips with his philosophy.
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Mourinho has come under heavy criticism for United’s defensive style of play in recent weeks with the Red Devils settling for a 0-0 draw away at Liverpool and then being thumped 4-0 at Chelsea last weekend.
The Red Devils have now gone three games without a win in the Premier League and ahead of their clash against Burnley (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports) at Old Trafford on Saturday the pressure is on to perform in front of their own fans.
Mourinho knows it.
“In three months it is not so easy to change the most difficult thing which are personalities,” Mourinho said. “The style of play, even with mistakes, you can change here and there but at the psychological level it takes more time especially if you go against the nature of some of the personalities. When you don’t have a very experienced squad where everybody knows how to win, what is needed to win, that consistency level you must have to cope with the routine of victories, because that is difficult to cope with although it is easier than the routine of defeat, that’s the most difficult time of the process.
“We need time. It is always the same story. At some clubs and with some managers they have all the time they want. Some clubs get time but with others you demand immediate success of the clubs and the managers. That’s Manchester United and Jose Mourinho. No problem.”
Ah, good old Jose.
It’s taken him a little while but now with an FA charge hanging over his head for comments about referees, plus hitting out at Antonio Conte following United’s defeat at Chelsea last week and then these latest comments, the old siege mentality is brewing at Old Trafford
Can that help them against Burnley on Saturday? You get the sense the Clarets could feel the wrath of a giant club and manager who are hurting at the moment.