In what has become a consistent theme on our TV screens, when Robbie Savage and Chris Sutton take up position in the same studio sparks inevitably fly.
This was no different this Sunday on BT Sport as the duo discussed Jose Mourinho’s opening season in charge of the Red Devils.
The realistic ambition for the club this season was to return to Europe’s premier club competition, the Champions League, and this goal is still very much in United’s hands with a Europa League final clash to come against Ajax at the end of the month.
Although Mourinho’s men have a game in hand on those directly above them in the Premier League, the domestic route looks much less likely with Liverpool, in fourth place, five points in the ascendency.
According to Savage, if United win the Europa League it must be considered a successful opening campaign for the Portuguese, particularly considering they have already won the EFL Cup this term.
“If they win two trophies and get in the Champions League I would say [it’s a successful season].”
Sutton, never one to hold his tongue, responded in due course with his own take on how this campaign has unfolded.
He started by asking Savage has Mourinho had a better season than Louis van Gaal to which the former Derby County man said, “if he wins the two trophies, yes” before the 44-year-old retorted in his typically blunt style.
“So Van Gaal was criticised for not playing a style of football suitable for United and league wise Mourinho’s team has scored eight less goals than Van Gaal. So is it good?”
The Wrexham native returned quickly to his original point from here, stating that the United boss could win two of the four trophies available, before professing that this is the biggest game of Mourinho’s career.
“If they don’t win the Europa League he’s in danger of, along with [David] Moyes and Van Gaal, being very, very poor.
“I think that game [the Europa League final] is one of the biggest games of his managerial career.”
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) May 13, 2017
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