Mourinho needs to start with man in the mirror

  • Everton's Richarlison, top left, scores his side's second goal of the game against Southampton during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    Everton's Richarlison, top left, scores his side's second goal of the game against Southampton during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

After Manchester United’s abject display against Brighton & Hove Albion last week, it is already clear that José Mourinho’s side cannot win the title this season.

Mourinho spent much of the summer moaning about chief executive Ed Woodward’s unwillingness to splash the cash and criticised the club for a lack of ambition after he claimed to have provided them with a list of five players he wanted to sign during the transfer window.

However, Mourinho has spent about $500 million since moving to Old Trafford on players who have failed to perform.

Reports suggest that Paul Pogba has fallen out with his manager, while this summer’s marquee signing, Fred, looks average at best. Incidentally, the Brazil midfielder was bought for about the same fee as Liverpool paid for Naby Keïta, and it’s already clear which team got better value for money.

Given Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof — two Mourinho signings for a combined $84.5 million — were outplayed by 34-year-old Brighton journeyman Glenn Murray last week, Mourinho needs to look closer to home when apportioning blame.

11am kick-offs unless stated


Wolverhampton Wanderers v

Manchester City (8.30am)

Life in the Premier League has proved tough for Wolves as they have played some attractive football and created good chances in their opening two matches but have just one point to show for it. Things will not get easier here as they play the champions who hit six against Huddersfield Town last week. This game should be closer but City will come out on top. Prediction: 0-2

Arsenal v West Ham United

Two teams who have yet to pick up a point. West Ham have looked incredibly poor as their new signings attempt to gel. Arsenal showed signs of improvement despite losing to Chelsea last week and should get their first win here. Prediction: 3-1

Bournemouth v Everton

A tough game to call, Bournemouth have maximum points from their opening two matches but have faced a couple of average teams. Everton have started the season well under Marco Silva and new signing Richarlison leads the goalscoring charts alongside Sadio Mané and Sergio Agüero. Prediction: 1-2

Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City

These teams are facing tough battles to survive and winning games such as these will be crucial to their chances of staying up. More Premier League experience might just sway this the way of the home side, but it will not be pretty to watch. Prediction: 1-0

Southampton v Leicester City

Leicester have started the season well, but their chances will be weakened by the absence of Jamie Vardy, who was sent off for a horrible challenge last week. Southampton look extremely weak defensively and might have to find the net at least twice if they are to claim victory. Prediction: 2-1

Liverpool v

Brighton & Hove Albion (1.30pm)

Anfield will be buzzing this season as Liverpool will surely go close to winning their first title since 1990. Their supporters may need to be patient as Brighton will put in a stubborn defensive effort but Jürgen Klopp’s men have more than enough talent going forward to break them down. Prediction: 3-0


Watford v Crystal Palace (9.30am)

Watford have maximum points this season after beating Brighton and Burnley, but things get tougher here. Palace played well in defeat against Liverpool on Monday and will fancy their chances of another away win after beating Fulham at Craven Cottage on the opening day. Prediction: 1-2

Fulham v Burnley (12pm)

The home side will see this as a great opportunity to win their first game back in the Premier League. Burnley’s European adventures are doing more harm than good and they could struggle after playing in Greece on Thursday night. Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle United v Chelsea

Chelsea have been adventurous under new manager Maurizio Sarri, scoring six goals in their opening two matches. A lack of investment at St James’ Park is beginning to show and manager Rafa Benítez will need all his tactical nous to guide the Magpies to safety. Prediction: 1-2


Manchester United v

Tottenham Hotspur (4pm)

Despite a lack of summer signings, Spurs have the talent to darken Jose Mourinho’s mood still further. The home team’s defensive frailties will surely be exposed more than once by Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane. Prediction: 1-2

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Published Aug 24, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 9:23 pm)

Mourinho needs to start with man in the mirror

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