There was only a section of the audience filled with Chelsea supporters but they were loud enough to be heard and Mourinho was standing 15 yards ahead of the crowd. He must have heard them roaring “You are not Special!” “You are not special anymore!”
Midway through the first half, Manchester United were already down two goals. If in that moment Mourinho was feeling low about their performance then he would have felt even more humiliated if he was aware about what was going to happen next.
The pitch was not calm either and the place where he had built plenty of successful memories, the new team of Mourinho was evicting him from the old ones. Chelsea seemed very composed, organised and quick during the match while Manchester United failed to proclaim any of it.
Sunday’s match has given more evidence to the critics who believed that Mourinho could no longer be on the top. But it will be too early to draw any conclusion as he has been associated with United since last three months whereas the club has been disappointing its supporters for three and a half years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Mourinho definitely has plenty of reasons to be concerned about his new team even though it has been only three months. The team has followed his instructions exactly in order to cancel out Liverpool in the last match but failed to do the same against Chelsea.
After the first goal, he admitted that they have committed an incredible defensive mistake.in the half time of the game Mourinho suggested the players to grab the game from their opponents at a situation they are most comfortable in but instead they provided a game that their opponents were in need of. While United could have scored 2-1, the score changed to 3-0 and where it could have been 3-1 it became 4-0. It is necessary to analyse the performance while considering the defensive mistakes as there were plenty of them.
United showed a very poor performance throughout. Mourinho is known for his technical excellence, organisation and an overarching plan but none of these were evident during the Sunday’s match.
Mourinho made a few changes after the half time by hauling off Fellaini for Juan Mata and switching to a 4-4-2 with Rashford joining Ibrahimovic up front. This was followed by an unwanted change after Eric Bailly was injured after which United looked vulnerable in defence too.
During the celebration of Chelsea, Mourinho congratulated them but he asked his players to not lose the focus as it was not the end for them. It was definitely a bad day for Mourinho as his team was thrashed by his old team and also the taunting that followed afterwards.
Time has changed and along with it the passion that he had once which made everyone believe that he could get away with anything. The heavy defeat and Bailly’s injury along with tantrums from his fans and supporters definitely mark the day as one of the unhappy homecomings for Mourinho.