Chelsea hero defends Mourinho, says Man United’s problems are ‘down to the players’

first_img REVEALED 2 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been defended by former Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic, who played under the Portuguese at Stamford Bridge.Ivanovic, the defender, enjoyed one of the finest seasons of his career in 2014/15, when the Blues romped to the Premier League title with Mourinho at the helm. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Football News shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow “I know it’s difficult what he is experiencing at Manchester United, but I think he will cope. No one is satisfied with this situation.“In my opinion, I think it is all down to the players.“At Manchester United, they have many inexperienced players playing in key positions, so it doesn’t work for them at the moment.” PA:Press Association Ivanovic played some of his best football under Mourinho Mourinho has been coming under criticism from all corners this season RANKED REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF MONEY That campaign was the last time a Mourinho team seriously looked like winning England’s top flight title, with the following term (2015/16) that most famous of collapses which resulted in Mourinho’s sacking.Now into his third season as Manchester United manager, Mourinho appears further away than ever from claiming the Premier League crown.Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with Crystal Palace left the Red Devils 14 points off top spot after 13 matches, while the gap between United and the top four is already seven points. Criticism for United’s struggles this term has been aimed at Mourinho, the board and the players, with no one entirely sure just what is behind the club’s woeful campaign.But Ivanovic believes he does know, telling Ria Novosti that Manchester United’s players are entirely to blame.“Lots of players who worked with Mourinho will never say anything bad about him,” Ivanovic said.“He is almost impossible to criticise. He knows what he is doing and does it perfectly. REVEALED ADVICE 2last_img