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Old Trafford was once a fortress where opposing teams in the Premier League dreaded visiting, yet they all looked forward to playing Manchester United at Old Trafford: so much for the history of the club as it was for the quality of the teams.
But if recent developments are anything to go by, then Old Trafford has become everything but a fortress.
The Red Devils were for the fourth successive time forced to share the spoils when they played host to West Ham this past weekend: making it their worst start to a Premier League season in 26 years.
Another dismissal and another punishment
Jose Mourinho was unequivocally dismissed to the stands by Jon Moss for improper conduct in which the Man United boss angrily kicked a bottle in protest of a foul on Paul Pogba, although video replay showed the referee’s decision not to allow the foul was spot on.
Despite being sent to the stands, retrospective action has followed, in which the Football Association has charged the Manchester United boss over the incident.
This is not the first time Mourinho has been charged, as less than a month ago that the Portuguese manager was slapped with a £58,000 fine for two separate incidences involving referees Mark Clattenburg and Anthony Taylor.
Less than a year ago while on his second spell at Chelsea, Mourinho was fined £40,000 and handed a one match stadium ban by the FA after admitting charges of inappropriate language and behavior during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham at Upton Park.
Jose is a proven winner whose passion more often than not gets the better side of him, but his recent bans are an indication of a man frustrated, despite seemingly doing everything right.
There have been talks about the hierarchy at United being unimpressed with Mourinho’s antics, but Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward expects the 53-year old manager to conduct himself to the club’s standards and requirement.
Mourinho is clearly frustrated with the recent run of results- as is everyone else at the club- but his actions should not in any way jeopardize the team’s performance: more so with the possibility of a stadium ban on the cards.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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