'Jose Mourinho is a Portuguese Sam Allardyce': How Man Utd boss 'loses the

The Manchester United manager has been on the receiving end of criticism since he joined in 2016. Not only has he been blasted for his playing style, but the 55-year-old has also been involved in very public spats with players. Most notable was his training ground bust-up with Paul Pogba earlier this season, but it’s not the first of its kind from the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Porto boss. 

During his time at Los Blancos, Mourinho reportedly became fixated on the idea of beating Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. 

“Jose Mourinho would sacrifice glory to avoid the ignominy of defeat,” it was revealed in Chris Anderson and David Sally’s book “The Numbers Game”.

“His go-to system is the ‘low-block,’ where the back four retreats to the edge of the penalty box, the midfield only pressing around 60 years from goal.”

When the system worked, Mourinho would earn heaps of praise, but when it backfired, he often lost control of the dressing room, according to Andrew Kirby, author of “Jose Mourinho: The Art of winning”.

“El Classico games became battlegrounds and if anything, Jose played up to the image just to p*** everyone off,” Kirby wrote.

“Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t and in the end, he came out sounding like a broken record. 

“And his players were getting sick of it, especially given the instructions to hate, hate, hate their international [Spanish] colleagues. 

“Problems arise when the players start to tire of the constant mental demands Jose places on them.”

Former Chelsea left-back Filipe Luis knows the feeling all too well. 

“Mourinho tries to take the maximum from his players,” he told FourFourTwo in 2016.

“I think that’s one of the reasons why he loses the dressing room – he asks so much of his players that some can’t handle it.”

Over the years Mourinho has received criticism for his playing style, despite being one of the most decorated managers in the Premier League. 

“Jose Mourinho is like Sam Allardyce, he prefers to see attacks carried out quickly, efficiently and devastatingly,” Sully and Anderson detailed.

“The former is often associated with beauty and the latter with ruthlessness, but they are subjective.”

Mourinho will hope to get the Red Devil’s season back on track with a win against Fulham today.