Jose Mourinho fears Man United succumbing to pressure after 3rd loss
Tavecchio wants to reduce Serie A from 20 to 18 clubs Torino fullback Molinaro tears ACL, requires surgery
The footballing divide in Manchester is becoming clearer a month into the season.
On the blue side, Pep Guardiola is thriving at the start of his Manchester City career with five wins out of five in the Premier League.
On the red side, Jose Mourinho is discovering the toils David Moyes and Louis van Gaal endured trying to live up to Alex Ferguson’s high achievements during his 26-year reign at United.
After opening the campaign with three successive wins, the record 20-time English champions have now lost three games in around a week.
United’s 3-1 loss at Watford on Sunday - ending a 30-year unbeaten run against the club based north of London - followed a losing start to the Europa League on Thursday at Feyenoord in the Netherlands. The miserable sequence started by losing the first Manchester derby of the season to Guardiola’s City.
“I feel that some individuals probably feel the pressure and responsibility too much,” Mourinho said at Vicarage Road. “We Struggling to compete with the English Premier League and the Spanish Liga, Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio wants to reduce Serie A from 20 to 18 clubs.
Tavecchio told Rai state radio that a reduction would increase the overall skill level of the league and attract a bigger fan base with more competitive matches.
Tavecchio also wants to reduce started the season very well with (winning) the Community Shield and three victories in a row in the the number of teams in Serie B and the third division. He plans to discuss a three- or a four-year plan with the leagues this week.
He says, “I know there are economic problems and we can’t do it in a year.”
Serie A president Maurizio Beretta has indicated he is open to discussing the idea.
Serie A had 18 clubs from 19882004 before the current 20-team format was introduced. Premier League, the best start that a new manager has had at Manchester United I think. Torino fullback Cristian Molinaro has torn a ligament in his left knee and will require surgery, depriving newly arrived goalkeeper Joe Hart of a key defender.
Molinaro injured his anterior cruciate ligament near the halfhour mark of Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Empoli.
He could be out for up to six months.
“But was I thinking that my team was ready, perfect, unbeatable? Not at all. I was completely aware that we were not perfect, with lots of players who are not end products and can make their own mistakes.”
On Sunday, although 18-yearold Marcus Rashford marked his first start of the season for Mourinho by cancelling out Etienne Capoue’s opener, Watford surged back in front in the 83rd minute at Vicarage Road. Substitute Camilo Zuniga scored within a minute of coming off the bench and Troy Deeney netted a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
It’s only five games into the Premier League season but United is already six points behind the leaders — Guardiola’s City.
“We have to improve, no doubt, individually and collectively,” Mourinho said. “And that’s my job.”
If not Manchester United could be missing out on the top-four again and face another season out of the Champions League. But there’s a long way to go in the season.
Torino is already without leading forward Andrea Belotti, who injured his right thigh with Italy’s national team earlier this month.
Belotti, who scored a hat trick against Bologna in August, is expected back in the next week or two.
Hart, the England starter, is on loan from Manchester City.
Torino has four points from the opening four rounds.
Man United manager Jose Mourinho