Souness: Mour­inho is act­ing like a ‘novice’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS - BY SAMUEL LOVETT

GRAEME SOUNESS HAS ac­cused Jose Mour­inho of act­ing like a “novice” fol­low­ing his re­cent touch­line an­tics at Old Traf­ford but sug­gested the Manchester United boss is be­ing let down by his play­ers.

Mour­inho was sent to the stands af­ter kick­ing a wa­ter bot­tle dur­ing his side’s 1-1 draw to West Ham on Sun­day and has been sub­se­quently charged by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion with “im­proper con­duct” for the sec­ond time this sea­son.

Souness has not been im­pressed by the Por­tuguese’s be­hav­iour and be­lieves the coach is act­ing like an am­a­teur.

“He’s a vastly ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager but some of his an­tics sug­gest he is just a new guy start- ing off in the game,” he said.

“He won’t be en­joy­ing that be­ing said about him. But in terms of foot­ball, I think he is be­ing let down by his play­ers.

“That group of play­ers should have more points in the bag than they have so far.”

The for­mer Liver­pool­player added that Mour­inho ( car­i­ca­ture) does not yet know his strong­est XI but that his play­ers are fail­ing to help the man­ager’s cause.

“I thought Man United would be fly­ing, but we’re nearly in De­cem­ber and I don’t think Jose knows his strong­est XI,” Souness said. “He’s still scratch­ing for that and not get­ting re­sults. “What you are look­ing for as a man­ager is play­ers to say, ‘ you can’t leave me out’. “I don’t think Man United play­ers are mak­ing that state­ment. “They have a lot to choose from so are mak­ing changes to try and get a re­sult and then you find the ones you are play­ing are not any bet­ter than the ones from the pre­vi­ous week.

United’s re­cent run of re­sults cer­tainly sug­gest that the side have strug­gled to find their form as a team.

Sun­day’s game against West Ham marked the side’s fourth con­sec­u­tive draw at Old Traf­ford and leaves United 11 points adrift of league lead­ers Chelsea.

But de­spite the Blues’ im­pres­sive run of re­sults, Souness ad­mit­ted the ti­tle race re­mains wide open.

With just three points cur­rently sep­a­rat­ing the top four of Chelsea, Liver­pool, Manchester City and Arse­nal, the 63-year-old con­ceded: “It’s more like the Premier League this year.

“The usual sus­pects are there and it is im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict the out­come.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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