LONDON. — Manchester United hero Paul Ince has offered up a stinging verdict on the “total mess” at Old Trafford saying the club has become “a laughing stock” during Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
Jose Mourinho has been forced to deal with rifts with high-profile players including Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, while supporters’ displeasure has piled the pressure on a manager whose future is in doubt, particularly in the wake of Sunday’s shock 3-2 loss at the hands of Brighton.
Former United stars have now joined the chorus of discontent towards Mourinho’s reign and the lack of direction and mismanagement from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who proved reluctant to sign the Portuguese’s transfer targets over the summer. United have squandered £700 million due to a win-now attitude since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club and there is a palpable feeling of anger among a number of ex-players, including Ince, that the Scotsman’s legacy has been wasted.
“Other clubs and fans are having a field day at the minute, seeing what is happening at Man United. They’re becoming a laughing stock and falling behind,” wrote Ince, in an exclusive column for Paddy Power News.
“Everything at Man United from top to bottom is in turmoil and it shows.
“Should Mourinho leave? No.