Paul Ince believes Jose Mourinho has run out of excuses at Manchester United and should expect to lose his job.
The Red Devils have been below par this season and are languishing in 10th in the Premier League.
United are also out of the League Cup and sit second in their Champions League group, some five points behind Juventus.
Mourinho’s public fallout with dressing room favourite Paul Pogba hasn’t helped matters, either.
Club legend Ince believes the Portuguese’s time is up and, worse, reckons the club has no presence and that the players don’t know how to play together.
“It looks to me like Jose Mourinho is stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea,” he told Paddy Power News. “Realistically, he wants to play defensively and nick a one nil win, but he knows that the fans and players at United won’t accept that. And they’re right not to.
“We’re three seasons into Mourinho’s reign now. There are no more excuses. You’ve spent a lot of money, if I was managing a team and they’d given me three years, and it was clear we weren’t up to standard, I’d expect to lose my job.
“Are we getting to the stage where United just aren’t good enough? Yes. They’re slipping too far behind, and can’t compete with the best sides anymore.
“They’re not even showing signs of improvement. In fact they’re going backwards. He bought Fred who can’t get a game, and the same goes for Alexis Sanchez. He’s disappeared! His career has gone backwards.
“I can see why there’s been criticisms of the board. But, in their defence, you can’t go and spend £50million on Fred just to stick him on the bench. You can’t keep getting away with it and expect not to be questioned.
“Mourinho is too focused on what the opposition are doing. Focus on your own team, instead. Your players look completely scared, they have no confidence at all.
“The sad fact is United have no presence any more. Liverpool do, Man City clearly do, even Chelsea in such a short time are showing what they’re made of. Why after three years are Manchester United still trying to find a winning formula under Mourinho?
“They’re trying to find a remedy, the right personnel and a style of play, and it’s failing. With Jurgen Klopp, you know the direction his team are going in. You can see what they’ve been working on in training all week. With United, they look like they don’t have a clue.
“The players don’t know what they’re doing. It’s more of a case of go out, hope we get a result, see what happens. I’m not disputing they’ve got some incredible talent, but from what I’m seeing they don’t know how to play together.”
Paul Ince was speaking exclusively to Paddy Power News. To read more, visit news.paddypower.com