Now it all makes sense.
We’ve all put the current plight of Jose Mourinho at Man United down to ‘third season syndrome.’
It turns out there could be a lot more to it than meets the eye.
Speaking before Bournemouth’s clash with Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher provided an insight into where it’s all gone wrong for the United boss.
The pundit, who has gained a reputation as a straight-talker with his analysis, pontificated on Mourinho’s current woes.
The former Liverpool man referenced a conversation he had with the Portuguese manager back in 2016, just months after he was sacked at Chelsea.
“I had a conversation with Mourinho after he left Chelsea,” revealed Carragher.
“He was manager of the Soccer Aid team at the time and there were four of five other people there.
“The big thing he said he learned from the Chelsea experience is that you couldn’t single out a player in a meeting in-front of the other players.
“They just don’t accept this now. But it looks as if he has gone back to that, or is still doing that at United.
“He’s stripped Pogba of the captaincy and it sounds like it was in-front of the players. The players don’t want that now.
“That’s why he’s lost the dressing room and it won’t be the first time.
Not only has Mourinho’s relationship with Pogba been put under the microscope, but Alexis Sanchez is another who the United boss seems to be losing patience with.
The Chilean, who earns a reported £500,000 a week at Old Trafford, was given a dressing down in front of the rest of the squad.
Mourinho was said to have made a point out of the struggling winger before dropping him from the match-day squad against West Ham.
If what Carragher revealed about his conversation with Mourinho is true, then it’s baffling as to why he’s choosing to ignore his own advice.
A leopard can’t change its spots.
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