MANCHESTER UNITED’s current crisis is the fault of Jose Mourinho, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the players.
That’s the view of Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer, who says the situation the club now finds itself in is ‘embarrassing’.
The Red Devils secured a late victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday to ease tensions on Mourinho after a turbulent week at the club.
Pressure has been growing on the 55-year-old, with United winless in four games before Saturday’s win, including losses against West Ham and Derby.
His public bust-up with star player Paul Pogba has aided talk of a move away from the club, with many suggesting they are unable to work together following Mourinho’s decision to strip the World Cup winner of the vice-captaincy.
“The whole football club of late has been embarrassing”
And before the game with Rafa Benitez’s men, it was reported by the Mirror that Mourinho “has lost the confidence of the Manchester United board and is set to be sacked.”
After United found themselves 2-0 down to the relegation-threatened Toon Army at half-time, it looked even more bleak with the team looking like a shadow of their former selves.
But United rallied and late Alexis Sanchez goal secured their first home victory since the opening day of the season against Leicester.
It was a much improved performance in the second half by the home side and former Newcastle striker Shearer says the fact they turned things around shows that the players are also to blame for recent form, along with the manager and Woodward.
“I think they have all got to share the blame,” Shearer said on Match of the Day. “The whole football club of late has been embarrassing.
“When you think who they are, what they are, what brand they are, they have been on the front pages, the back pages and it has not been good.
“It was clear that Jose wanted a centre-half in the summer but he didn’t get the backing that he wanted.
“But the players have to take their fair share of the blame as well because quite clearly they can put the effort in like they did in the second half today.
“You didn’t see that at West Ham or Valencia, so they obviously can do it.”
It remains to be seen whether the win will kickstart United’s season in gear, but with the international break to come, their next match isn’t for two weeks.
The Red Devils still find themselves six points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool though, who both have a game in hand, and have a tough run of fixtures to come.
First up after the break, United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford before they face Juventus twice in the Champions League and City soon after.
Asked whether it is too late for Mourinho to rectify things and remain in charge at the club, pundit Ian Wright told Match of the Day: “I’m not sure if he is going to be able to do it, he never has before, but those signs were good today.”