Rio Ferdinand has accused Jose Mourinho of being too negative as Manchester United manager.
Mourinho is under pressure to deliver in his third season in charge at Old Trafford, having failed to win a single trophy last campaign.
Our prediction is that he doesn’t even see out 2018/19 in the United hotseat, and Ferdinand suggests his mood is impacting on that of the entire club.
“There’s too much negativity coming out of Manchester United at the moment,” said Ferdinand, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“When you are part of a squad and you hear a lot of negativity and no positive sounds coming out of the person that is running your club — sitting on the outside it doesn’t bode well.
“If I was a young player and listened to and read what he said about the youngsters who aren’t going to play a part at all this season — it doesn’t fill you with confidence.
“I was a young player once. When you get an opportunity to go away with the first team on tour you see that as the best opportunity ever.
“But it seems with his comments the manager has just shut those avenues down and shut the confidence and belief of a player.
“He has dug out Ed Woodward over the past couple of weeks and put pressure on to get his players in because he is frustrated but I think you need positivity in a squad.
“Whether he is doing that behind closed doors, who knows? But the public perception right now is of a negative state of mind within the club and that’s not good.”