Like most United fans this summer, I have been largely disappointed and demoralised by the attitude and comments of Jose. Playing down our chances, criticising players, and calling the board out for not getting his players etc...this could be taken at face value and the guys just a big miserable whinging diva, or just maybe its a bit of a masterstroke to take the pressure off the team going into this season. Here's my thinking behind this... Last season, we finished 2nd. We were way off City but were well ahead of the rest. We threw away points against opposition we should have beaten. Up until this point, we have only strengthened the squad, not weakened it in any way. No big players have departed...yet. Even with just the signings we have made so far, the squad is improved and we still have 24 hours to go (I am convinced we will strengthen further) Now, on the back of Mourinho's comments and interviews, the mood has been low and that seems to have fed into the so called 'experts' and pundits predictions for the season. Take a look at the pundits top 6 predictions on SSN: http://www.skysports.com/football/n...day-pundits-pick-their-premier-league-top-six We have been written off completely by all of them, not even making top 4 in most of their predicitions. Where is the logic in this considering our finishing position last season and our improvements? One of them says "Liverpool are the second best now" before a flaming ball has been kicked. Spurs haven't signed a single player yet, yet they are above is in almost all of the predictions for the end of the season!! I have a inkling (maybe wishful thinking) that this (the doom and gloom interviews etc) has been a conscious effort on Mourniho's part to remove all expectations and pressure from the squad whilst heaping it onto himself (he has a track record of this). It seems his behaviour this summer has already had a huge effect on how people predict our season is going to go, despite the fact we have improved/will probably improve more before the window slams shut! If we start the season already written off, perhaps the players will be motivated to prove everyone wrong? Perhaps the lack of respect we might get from our opponents might play right into our hands? We are not a bad team. Thoughts?