The performances may be improving, but Manchester United’s results remain very much the same. And after their 1-1 draw with West Ham, the Red Devils are in unfamiliar territory.
Not only have United made their worst ever start to a Premier League season, they’re also two points closer to the relegation zone than they are to league leaders Chelsea.
To compound matters, the Special One was dismissed to the stands for the second time this season after reacting angrily to a Paul Pogba booking and kicking a water bottle.
But the bottom line is that United now sit 11 points off the leaders, and their title odds have ballooned to 33/1.
And a spot in the heralded top-four is far from certain either, with 11/4 saying United can overhaul two sides between now and May.
The draw with West Ham was a repeat of United’s recent frustrations, principally, the failure to score more than once.
The 13-time Premier League champions have netted just six times in their last seven games, and three of those came at Swansea.
Indeed, United have scored more than two goals in a game on just three occasions this term, and each of those opponents currently reside in the bottom half of the table.
United will hope to beat the Hammers at the second time of asking when the two sides clash in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, before Mourinho takes his men to visit Everton.
The Goodison Park outfit are themselves in desperate need of a win, and given United have failed to win – or even score – in three of their last four visits to this part of Merseyside, things could be about to get a whole lot worse for the former champions.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing