Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has got the backing of a former Red Devil star, despite the Old Trafford club suffering two successive Premier League defeats.
The English giants went down 3-2 to Brighton & Hove Albion and 3-0 to Tottenham Hotspur – the Portuguese tactician’s heaviest home defeat in all competitions throughout his career – in their past two Premier League matches, and Mourinho has come in for a lot of criticism as a result.
However, DC United striker and the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney feels the manager “knows what he is doing” and is confident he will get the team back to winning ways.
“They have the quality, they just have to keep pushing,” Rooney told CNN.
“Mourinho knows what he’s doing and knows how to win titles. I’m sure with the quality of players he will have a game plan to push for the title.”
Former England international Alan Shearer, however, believes the problems at Old Trafford are much worse than anticipated, and feels there is a “lack of leadership” at the club.
“United have tried everything to halt the slide,” Shearer wrote in a column for the Daily Mirror.
“Three managers and hundreds of millions on new players but they seem to have no plan.
“In the seasons since Sir Alex (Ferguson) retired, they have finished 22, 17, 15, 24 and 19 (points) behind the champions.
“There has been no real title challenge and now, just two games into the season, it seems there is chaos behind the scenes and a total lack of leadership from the top.
“I have to ask, what on earth is going on? At arguably the biggest club in the world, the executive vice-chairman (Ed Woodward), one of the best managers in the game and a star-studded array of players are simply not pulling in the same direction.”