Manchester United have won just about enough matches to keep Jose Mourinho in a job, but therein lies the problem.

The Portuguese boss has been steadfast in defence of his methods this season. But it is time he pointed the finger a little closer to home.

United’s players need to take some of the blame, yet the manager’s tactics have negated so much attacking threat.

Only when the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial break free of their boss’s stance do they truly shine.

It is all well and good making a club in your image, but Mourinho’s image is dated and ineffective. He may say the club do not reflect his methods but many fans would suggest otherwise.

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United’s last-gasp winner against Newcastle United arguably saved Mourinho’s job. Yet since that 3-2 victory they have only won five of their next 12 matches.

 

In the league they have faltered against Southampton, Wolves and Crystal Palace so who cares if they can draw 2-2 with Chelsea and Arsenal.

This United side needs a drastic change, because the good performances are an anomaly rather than the norm.

If Mourinho remains, expect United to lurch from one mediocre outing to the next, with the odd great showing thrown in.

That is not the United way, but when will anyone other than the fans realise?