Jose Mourinho’s problems at Manchester United appear to be getting worse by the day.
The Red Devils have started the new season poorly, and already find themselves nine points behind title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool after just seven games played.
Off the pitch things are arguably worse. Mourinho has ongoing problems with both Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, and was even involved in a frosty exchange with the France World Cup winner in training last week.
Mourinho has had on and off problems with Pogba for nearly a year now, so this latest spat comes as little surprise, but his issues with Sanchez are a relatively new thing.
The Portuguese landed the 29-year-old from Arsenal back in January, swapping the out-of-favour Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the talented forward.
It looked to be a masterstroke from Mourinho, who even beat Manchester City to the world-class forward. But so far things haven’t gone to plan.
While Sanchez is considered to be a better player than Mkhitaryan, he hasn’t come close to reaching the levels he’d regularly hit when at Arsenal.
He is believed to be getting increasingly frustrated with Mourinho’s tactics, and doesn’t like the fact he won’t play him in his preferred position down the middle.
According to The Sun, Mourinho has allegedly made it clear he doesn’t want to have his tactics continually questioned by the Chilean.
The paper reports that the Portuguese has even threatened Sanchez that he’ll never play for Manchester United again unless he improves.
Sanchez was subsequently named in the starting XI for United’s Champions League clash against Valencia at Old Traford.
He was hooked on the hour mark in United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, and was heavily criticised for his lacklustre display.
Pogba leaped to his defence at the time, telling the press: “What you have to know about Alexis is that he is a hard worker. He trains very well, he always tries to help the team, talks with the team and everything.
“He will get used to it. When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team, you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have.
“It’s not that he is playing bad. We know that Alexis Sanchez can bring a lot and I’m sure he will.
“But he’s not playing bad and he keeps being positive, you know, so that’s the good thing we have to think about.”