After the opening nine Premier League fixtures, Manchester United are already trailing city rivals Manchester City by 9 points, as the most successful English club faces another trophyless season.
The uninspiring attacking performance, as well as, rather disappointing defensive displays have so far cost the Red Devils 13 points in the league. With a record of four wins, two draws, and three losses, they currently sit in the 10th place, watching to the back of Wolverhampton, Watford, and Bournemouth among others.
With 16 goals conceded so far, United have the 5th-worst defensive record in the English top flight, with only Burnley, Huddersfield, Cardiff City, and Fulham allowed more goals than them. Moreover, they’ve only managed to keep a clean sheet once this season, which is quite odd when it comes to Jose Mourinho’s football philosophy. Additionally, they’ve also failed to prevent Leicester, Tottenham, Wolverhampton, and Newcastle United from scoring at the Old Trafford, as they are yet to walk away from the home ground with a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Manchester United only missed scoring once so far, having notched a total of 15 goals in the Premier League. Romelu Lukaku and his fellow teammates scored more than one goal per match on six different occasions, which wasn’t enough to see them beating Brighton & Hove Albion, for instance.
On the other hand, the Red Devils have collected seven points in four home games thanks to two wins over the Foxes on the opening matchday and an outstanding second-half comeback against the Magpies. The Wolves have managed to hold Mourinho’s crew to a 1-1 draw, while the Spurs stormed through the Old Trafford, leaving the home fans on the cliff enge of despair.
Speaking about Manchester away performance, Brighton and West Ham have hammered United’s defense by scoring six goals combined, which have sent the 3-time Champions League winners back home empty-handed. In last weekend’s derby at Stamford Bridge, Anthony Martial almost became a hero after bagging a second-half brace to put United in front, but Ross Barkley’s last-minute equalizer eventually left the visitors without two precious points.
Manchester United and Leicester City are two sides whose 78% of matches in the Premier League ended with both teams scoring at least one goal. Unlike some previous seasons, this year the Red Devils have an impressive goal-per-a-match percentage, as their entire nine league encounters ended with a minimum of two goals. Additionally, along with Leicester and Fulham, they are the only team whose games produced three or more goals on seven different occasions. Therefore, for those who like to bet on goals rather than the eventual outcome, the bookies offers provide outstanding odds and ultimate betting experience. In the meantime, for those who think Mourinho can save his job and United can start a winning streak, they should also try their luck, as it seems improbable the EPL giants won’t join the Champions League promotion race by the end of December.
A 75% of Manchester United home matches have ended with three or more goals, while 78% of their nine Premier League encounters produced more than two goals. Therefore, Mourinho’s side seems to be the one to bet on when it comes to “over 2.5” betting tip, considering the bookies often offer profitable odds in the range from 7/10 to 19/20.
The 20-time Premier League champions are obviously not going through the best of times, which caused various problems within the club.
According to some reports from the British media, Jose Mourinho has already entered a public dispute with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, who allegedly started to form their own “clan” against the Portuguese technician.
The former Real Madrid boss has already announced he has no intention of handing a captain’s armband to the French superstar ever again. Furthermore, Mourinho’s arguments with the ex-Monaco star might lead to Martial’s winter departure, considering his contract with United is about to expire at the end of the season. Alexis Sanchez, who arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal back in January, has miserably failed at his new club and might be on his way out of Manchester as early as January.
Hence, Mourinho’s problems are stacking rapidly, while Zinedine Zidane steadily waits for his opportunity to land at United’s bench. The renowned French expert has already started taking English lessons to prepare for the new adventure if some local media are to be believed.