Manchester United No more excuses, Mourinho needs to prove himself worthy of Man Utd in 2018-19 Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup José Mourinho Performances like Saturday’s won’t be forgiven much longer and United fans will soon turn on their manager if next season follows the same script It has been a 2017-18 campaign in which Manchester United have undoubtedly progressed under Jose Mourinho.Their second place finish in the Premier League says much about their increased durability, and as they look to make that next step and truly compete for a league title again they head into the new season in far better shape than they were 12 months ago.Yet Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea was just the latest reminder that all is not well at Old Trafford, and if Mourinho doesn’t hit the ground running in 2018-19 then sympathy among the United fan base will be in very short supply. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Most fans have been accepting of Mourinho’s need to do things his way despite the obvious drawbacks. The football is far from easy on the eye, and the cup final defeat was just another example of a game in which supremely talented players were either stymied due to tactics, given almost no time to impress because of selection, or, worse still, not called upon at all.Without the returning Romelu Lukaku among their starters, United had no direction in attack. But rather than change his plan tactically to play to Marcus Rashford’s attributes, Mourinho simply threw his hands in the air afterwards and cursed Lukaku’s refusal to put his body on the line for longer than the final 20 minutes.He told reporters afterwards: “When a player tells you he is not ready to play, when a player tells you that he’s not ready to start the game, then the question is ‘How many minutes do you think you can play?’ But how can I convince a player who tells me that he’s not ready to play. That’s nonsense.”It is far from the first time he has decried the lack of commitment of a player who would not commit to playing through an injury, and from the look of Lukaku’s movement when he did enter in the 73rd minute the Belgian was barely mobile enough to have made an appearance at all.The perception of disharmony this type of behaviour presents does nothing to help him in his task to buy credit with United fans.The vast majority of those who had made the trip to Wembley on Saturday headed for the exits within seconds of the final whistle, so distressed were they with their team’s inability to put together anything resembling a fight in the first half. By the time the United players went up for their medals you could practically count the number of Reds watching on.While it’s normal for supporters to be downbeat about a cup final loss, the biggest frustration for United fans right now is that their team are not playing to their potential and that is due in large part to the decisions made by their manager.Mourinho blasted Chelsea’s long-ball football afterwards, insisting: “They only played long balls for Giroud to flick and then Hazard to get second balls in individual actions, but when you play against a team so predictable it’s quite easy to adapt to it.” That assessment failed to address the fact that he had in part allowed the west Londoners to play exactly that way by handing them the initiative with his negative approach to the opening stages.It’s the same old story. Jose never accepts responsibility and was looking in every other direction for a potential fall guy. He was attempting to pick fights with the media, moaning at Antonio Conte’s tactics and even blaming his striker for being injured.But if he chooses to adapt the same approach next season then the United fans will not stick with him unless he delivers in a big way. They need to push all the way in the title race, and arguably win it, for him to keep justifying his tactics and his attitude. There can be no more days like Saturday, no more nights like Sevilla.Mourinho’s insistence on doing everything his own way with complete disregard for the consequences and firing broadsides left, right and centre when it all goes wrong is not in keeping with the United way. He may have been given the backing of the board to keep doing what he’s doing, with executive vice-chair Ed Woodward admitting last week that results matter little to the club’s commercial entity, but as soon as he loses the fans he will need to go a long way to win them back and make his continued position at the club tenable.While it should be appreciated that he has moved the club in the right direction, now is the time for him deliver on the greatest stages. United need actions now, because all the words are becoming predictable, tedious and damaging. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
RelatedMIT Sloan Admissions Hosts Women’s Week, August 3rd – 6thThis post has been republished in its entirety from original source clearadmit.com. The MIT Sloan School of Management admissions team has planned a series of events this week designed to showcase the diverse paths and accomplishments of its women students and graduates to prospective female applicants. The week, which will take…August 4, 2015In “Featured Region”MIT Sloan Celebrates 4th Annual Women’s Week in 7 Cities WorldwideThe MIT Sloan School of Management’s #MITSloanWomen campaign just celebrated its fourth anniversary. One of the cornerstone events of the campaign, which offers female prospective applicants and current MBA students new ways to interact with the school and build their post-graduation careers, is the annual Women’s Week. Since 2014, Women’s Week has brought female MIT…August 13, 2018In “Boston”Sloan to Host Women’s WeekThe MIT Sloan admissions staff is launching a series of events this summer that are designed to showcase the school’s network of accomplished women students and graduates. Women’s Week, a week of activities in early August, will feature three panels in different cities as well as an online chat, all…July 30, 2014In “Featured Home” MIT Sloan Hosts 6 Women’s Week Events for Female MBA Candidates At MIT Sloan School of Management, advancing women in leadership is a core commitment. For starters, the student-led group MIT Sloan Women in Management offers female MBA students a range of opportunities to help propel their careers. Sloan also puts on an annual Women’s Week to showcase for prospective female applicants what the Sloan MBA student experience is like and the many paths its accomplished alumnae pursue. Women’s WeekEach year, starting in August, the MIT Sloan admissions team hosts a Women’s Week in six cities across the United States. These events are designed for prospective female MBA applicants and feature women alumnae and others talking about the program and their experiences as Sloan women.“MIT Sloan Women’s Week was started in 2014 to share the opportunities at MIT Sloan’s MBA program among female leaders in business while also showcasing the tremendous impact women from MIT Sloan have on the world,” explains Shauna LaFauci Barry, MIT Sloan Associate Director of Admissions. “Each year we have a new theme that aligns with our MIT Sloan mission, and this year’s theme is ‘MIT Sloan Women: Creating Ideas Made to Matter.’” Each event follows a TED Talk−like format with a panel of local alumnae from MIT Sloan’s two-year MBA, Sloan Fellows, and Executive MBA programs. In addition to a main presentation by a notable alumna, each of the two-hour events also includes an alumnae panel and a networking reception. The events are designed to be interactive and collaborative, encouraging attendees to communicate with each other.“The ultimate goal of Women’s Week is to expose women to a variety of stories showcasing how an MBA has served as a gateway to meaningful careers,” says Barry. “We do this through a panel of successful alumnae who share their stories followed by a networking reception.”This year’s first two Women’s Week events take place tonight, August 7th, in Chicago and New York City. Additional events are planned for August 8 in Washington D.C., August 9th in San Francisco, and August 10th in Los Angeles and Cambridge, MA.“This year, in addition to our in-person events, we will also be hosting a LiveStream event and a corresponding social nomination campaign where students, faculty, and alumni can share an inspirational #MITSloanWomen story,” adds Barry.A LiveStream video from the August 10 Cambridge event will allow women from anywhere in the world to participate in the panel and discussion as if they were attending in person. Women can join 10 minutes prior to the event or jump into the conversation at any point. It’s a unique opportunity for female MBA candidates who cannot attend any of the events in person but still want a chance to take part in the discussion.Insight from a Women’s Week SpeakerEllen Rice, a 2016 MBA graduate, has been a speaker at Sloan’s Women’s Week events in the past and is a current panelist. To her, the events are a wonderful opportunity for women to interact.“It’s like going to a concert where you can actually meet the rock stars,” she says. “I love meeting socially-minded women, from engineers to budding entrepreneurs, who are passionate about their work and the communities they touch.”Beyond that, she also feels the events are a significant opportunity for women to understand their impact not only in the business world but also within the Sloan MBA program. “Sloan’s Women’s Week is important because it reinforces the role and impact women have at Sloan,” says Rice. “Women at Sloan lead—from classroom discussions to launching startups. All these roles are highlighted during the week. “The Success of Women’s WeekSo far, the Women’s Week events have proven a resounding success. “Last year, approximately 1,000 women registered for the week’s events,” says Barry. “Interest in the program continues to evolve and, this year, we added a new city.” Los Angeles is the latest addition to the Women’s Week lineup. “We are excited to see high registration numbers already,” Barry adds.As registration for Women’s Week events has grown, so too have MIT Sloan’s admissions numbers for female applicants. “Our female applications continue to grow each year, and we are consistently around 40 percent in terms of our female enrollment,” Barry notes. “We have seen that attendees at these Women’s Week events make great connections, are more engaged with us, and tend to apply at a higher rate” than attendees at some of the school’s other admissions events.As for what women attendees can expect to take away from each Women’s Week event, Rice shares: “I want women to understand their differentiating factor (a little MIT nerd joke): their totally female selves. We all have unique gifts and talents. Sloan will bring them out and give women the tools and network to launch.”To attend one of the Women’s Week events, you can sign up on the MIT Sloan website here.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Last Updated Aug 7, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo