And this toxicity has seeped into the team's play, the bad and humiliating moments outnumbering the good by a wide margin, especially during a four-game stretch between September 22 and October 2 in which United failed to win any of the four games they were heavily favored in.
"And, yes, it is brilliant for them to go into an worldwide break sitting on that result for the next two weeks". Plain and simple, they looked like a side who'd completely lost their way or were trying to get their manager fired, if not both.
Mourinho, appointed United manager in May 2016, had been the subject of intense speculation in the build-up to the game with one UK newspaper reporting he faced the sack regardless of the result.
"Not while he still has the same defenders to choose from - the defenders he keeps criticising and chopping and changing", the ex-England worldwide continued. His stock has never been lower as a United player; he's one of many who needs a change in fortunes.
The second half saw the French midfielder play one of his best matches of the season, before Alexis Sanchez claimed a dramatic late victor.