'Mourinho's time may have passed, he's a shadow of former self'

Eamon Dunphy claims the Manchester United manager is giving off negative body language, with his side 'a million miles away' from recapturing the glory days

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may be 'a coach whose time has passed', according to former Republic of Ireland international Eamon Dunphy.

The Portuguese tactician has overseen a forgettable start to the 2016-17 campaign at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils currently languishing sixth in the Premier League standings – nine points adrift of the top four.

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Mourinho was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor as United sought to move in a different, more positive direction.

Results have remained elusive, though, with two points thrown away late on once again over the weekend as Everton hit back to snatch a share of the spoils at Goodison Park.

Dunphy believes the man at the helm is looking “a shadow of his former self”, with a coach who has enjoyed considerable success at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid suddenly short of ideas and unable to bring about a reversal in fortune at a club where stagnation has set in.

The RTE analyst told 2fm’s Game On: "We might be looking at a coach whose time has passed.

"He hasn't looked the same person for the last 18 months. He's been a shadow of his former self. You can see it in his face and in his body language.

"He's walked into a club that do not have the players to challenge for the championship and I don't think even for a top-four spot.

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"We're looking at a club that has an awful long way to go to restore its former glory as a team that's always in contention and qualifies for the Champions League, sometimes winning it or getting to the final.

"They're a million miles away from that at the moment."

While questioning Mourinho’s start to life in the Old Trafford hot-seat, Dunphy admits the mistakes of his predecessors have done the Portuguese few favours.

He added: "There are some very ordinary players playing for Manchester United and he's got to try to do something with them.

"You had [Marcos] Rojo playing the last day...

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"The total outlay for [Anthony] Martial was £35m and the add-ons could bring it up to £61m.

"He's not a player at all really. He's scored a few goals and every time he scores it costs United a million. That's mad stuff.

"Mourinho inherited all that. He's not the author of it but he hasn't improved it with his demeanour, his behaviour and his criticism of players."