Has Jose Mourinho taken Manchester United as far as he can?

Jose Mourinho shows the signs of strain as he watches his side crash to defeat at Liverpool

The Sky Sports pundit said that United's fortunes will only improve with a change of manager, with Mourinho having come to the end of his shelf-life at Old Trafford. 'Is it a team that is good enough to win the league? No. Is it a team that should be sixth in the league? No,' said Carragher of United. 'Is Mourinho getting enough out of the players? Nowhere near enough, and this is a top manager. I think the only way it will change is a change in the hotseat.'

Sportsmail's team of experts reveal whether they agree with Carragher by answering the simple question: has Mourinho taken United as far as he can? Read their answers below. 

Mourinho has run out of ideas and excuses, and no longer has the support of the majority of his players. Compare the job he has done at United to Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at Manchester City and Liverpool in roughly the same period – or even the short-term improvements made by Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri at Arsenal and Chelsea – and the difference is embarrassing. Against Liverpool and City, in particular, United's shortcomings have been ruthlessly laid bare by their biggest rivals. The gulf is too great for Mourinho now. He looks and sounds like a beaten man who is just waiting to be sacked. 

Mourinho actually did a good job in his first year at United. He gave the club some stability, took them in to the Champions League and allowed them to regather some self respect. But United now need to move forwards again and take a step towards being what they used to be. That won't happen under Mourinho and that has been apparent for some time.

Manchester United have fallen well behind Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp (right) under Mourinho

It's unfair to heap all the blame on Mourinho for the utter mess that Manchester United have become. The chief executive has little idea about what it takes to get a successful team on the pitch and the recruitment has been abysmal. Mourinho will leave at the end of the season, if not before. It is difficult to see where they go from here. 

The transfer policy may not be great and there may well need to be changes in the structure of the boardroom, but the manager has to take ultimate responsibility. He has not developed the players he has and United appear to have moved backwards from last season. Agree a deal with Mauricio Pochettino to take over in the summer and let Michael Carrick guide them through the rest of the season, preferably playing their best attacking talent and youth.

Sadly it does appear that this is irreversible now and the last few weeks have had the feel of Louis van Gaal's final season. He did win a trophy that year of course and Mourinho will still be holding out hope of a decent cup run. But that he's thrown the towel in on penetrating the top three so early offers the biggest indication of how the United boss really believes this is going. He will quite rightly point to the club's erratic structure among other problems but nobody is blameless for where they find themselves.

Many of United's players are going backwards and Mourinho seems unsure of his best team

It's difficult to see a happy future for Mourinho with this set of players. They are going around in circles. It's hard to detect any real progress. If United have faith in him and want him to continue as manager they must yield on recruitment, sell those players he doesn't want and let him build his own team without commercial interference. If they do not want to concede the power, then it is time to identify a successor who can operate in this style and change as soon as possible. 

The players simply aren't responding to him. You can't get rid of an entire squad, but you can do something different in hope of extracting more from the players. You see where I'm going with this. Footballers want to be inspired, want to learn, want to improve. They aren't under Mourinho. This going one way. 

If Mourinho retained enthusiasm for the job then perhaps you would argue he should be afforded a chance to turn it around, given the respect his record deserves. But there is no enthusiasm, no energy or enjoyment. Look at Klopp and Guardiola, they are the heartbeat of their respective clubs and players and staff seem to feed off their zest and drive. Sadly, for United, they are in reverse under Mourinho. You can make all the arguments you like about the trophies he has won and a lack of support from the Old Trafford hierarchy, but believe your eyes - United are in a sorry state under Mourinho's management and he has to go.  

Coach Michael Carrick (left) could step up and take charge temporarily if Mourinho departs

A serious football club would have made a change by now. What are they waiting for? 19 points behind the top, 11 off the top four, 36 shots conceded against Liverpool, star players in a huff. It is a mess, from the pitch to the dugout to the boardroom - and Mourinho is by no means the only problem - but he is certainly not the solution.

Evidently, Mourinho took United as far as he could when winning the Europa League by playing a stultifying brand of football to squeak past the continent's second-tier elite. There is no idea, no grand plan behind his work, just an arbitrary series of decisions from week to week. Against Liverpool he pulled Matteo Darmian out of the tombola, but it has been others before and there will be others to come, if he is not put out of his misery. He appears to have little love left for his job, reducing United to a reactionary mess of a team that occasionally spasms into life by virtue of good players going it alone. It is not ideal, but United could promote Michael Carrick for now and then try to get Pochettino in the summer. 

Mourinho appears to have few supporters left after United's latest humiliation at Anfield

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December 17, 2018

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  • Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba in secret transfer plot - World Cup winner

    Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba in secret transfer plot - World Cup winner

    inner Frank Leboeuf after both stars recently flirted with summer transfers.</p><p>Griezmann and Pogba are currently in Moldova ahead of a Euro 2020 qualifying tie on Friday night, and have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent days.</p><p>On Wednesday, Pogba gave a press conference in which he was asked about his future, and stated that it would be &ldquo;a dream&rdquo; to play for Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.</p><p>Those comments were not received well by United fans, some of whom demanded on social media that the club sell the 26-year-old in the summer.</p><p>Griezmann, on the other hand, has reportedly changed his mind from last year and decided he now wants to leave Atletico Madrid.</p><p>The forward, who scored four goals in seven games at last summer's World Cup, caused controversy when ahead of the tournament he released a one-hour documentary on his future, only to snub a move to Barcelona in favour of signing a new contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.</p><p>He had been widely expected to swap Atletico for Barcelona, with an &pound;88million deal proposed. It was even speculated that at the time the documentary aired, Barca chiefs did not know what he was planning.</p><p>But after Atletico were defeated by Juventus in the Champions League earlier this month, he has apparently turned heel and decided he wants to leave in order to compete at a higher level.</p><p> you have to be a little bit more persistent if you want to win trophies.</p><p>And Lebouf suggested that both Pogba and Griezmann planned their moves together.</p><p>&ldquo;That guy made a one hour show telling us nothing,&rdquo; he said of La Decision.</p><p>&ldquo;Then, he gets out of the Champions League and says he wants to leave.</p><p>&ldquo;The chairman asked him to help get some new players, like Thomas Lemar, but now he wants to leave.</p><p>&ldquo;You have a goal, you want to achieve something with Atletico Madrid, you have to be a little bit more persistent if you want to win trophies.</p><p>&ldquo;Just a week after you get out of the Champions League you want to go to Barca?</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s how you show love and respect to your club?</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the same with Paul [Pogba], they were in the same bedroom with the national team, and they decided to go and mess up with the media and their own clubs.&rdquo;</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.</p>

    1 March 21, 2019

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