ESPN's Andy Mitten has covered Man United since 1991. He's never seen a manager so 'miserable'
- Man United have had a boring pre-season tout that even Jose is glad it's over
- Mitten reckons the Portuguese has got the money to spend but his ideas are vague
Mitten wrote for ESPN a few days ago: ''Among fans, Mourinho still holds support from the majority. However, it slipped during the second half of last season, the lowlight of which was a Champions League exit vs. Sevilla, and it will get into dangerous territory if the upcoming campaign starts badly.
''Throughout pre-season, Mourinho has griped due to not having a full squad of players to work with and because the players he wanted to sign have not arrived. Is he right to be irritated? Working without so many key men is not ideal, but was to be expected after the World Cup.
''Mourinho could have put a positive spin on the success of United's players in Russia but, when you've gone on record saying you hope Serbia go out of so Nemanja Matic can return sooner, it shows your frame of mind.
''Few supporters have a problem with the club-over-country argument, but Mourinho has been backed in the transfer market. His net spend is £302m; only Manchester City [£388m] have spent more. The manager is frustrated - I have covered United preseason tours since 1991 and never seen a boss so miserable as Mourinho this summer.''