Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is in danger of emulating the “car-crash” ending to Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, says Ian Wright, with the Portuguese tarnishing his reputation.
Having enjoyed immediate success upon taking over at Old Trafford – landing three trophies in his debut campaign – the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss ended 2017-18 empty-handed.
Frustration in the summer transfer market, which saw him miss out on several top targets, has left Mourinho cursing his luck and having to work with a squad he considers to be no better than the one which finished last season 19 points adrift of arch-rivals Manchester City.
And ex-Arsenal striker Wright told The Sun of the similarities between Mourinho’s current situation and that which saw Wenger leave the Gunners after 22 years.
He said: “The saddest thing of all when I look at United under Jose Mourinho? As much as I respect him as a manager, I can’t see any way it is going to turn around.
“We all know about Jose and his third-year syndrome. But, listening to him talk, it’s as though even he has accepted it himself.
“It has me screaming: ‘Come on, man. You’ll go down as one of the greats, but the way you’re acting will tarnish everything you’ve done’.
“In many ways it’s like the last days of Arsene Wenger.”