It is hard to argue that Jose Mourinho has underwhelmed at Manchester United since his appointment. Many at Old Trafford, from board members to supporters on the terrace, were expecting a much bigger fight for domestic glory in the Premier League, the trophy that has eluded the club since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013.
However, despite the likelihood that, much to the club’s disgust, the Premier League title looks like it is going across the city of Manchester to Pep Guardiola and the once “noisy neighbours” at the Etihad Stadium, there is still plenty to be positive about at Old Trafford.
Manchester United recorded another 4-0 win to reach Carabao Cup fourth round.
I am glad to see the team take the lesser prestige cup, which we won last season, seriously. Like Mourinho keep saying in the media, it’s the importance of squad depth, so we can compete in all competitions.
Martial, the young genius French, 4-0:
The 4-0 Goal galore was opened by a superb strike from Antonio Valencia. It was his first of the last few months and it was mental! I would bet that very few, or even none, goalkeepers who can stop that kind of attack. After the goal, we play dull, predictable and unimpressive football. It’s obvious that we missed the creativity of Paul Pogba, who are sidelined for bad injury. However, for casual observers, it’s obvious that Jose Mourinho tend to replace the right players at the right time. And so far this season, it managed to change the output of the game.
It was a similar scenario against Everton last weekend. Jose replaces Marcus Rashford with Jesse Lingard, apparently to ensure that left back Ashley Young is well protected, as Jesse is relatively more resilient than Marcus in defending. The second crucial change was Ander Herrera who replaces Juan Mata. The game fairly did not develop to Reds’ liking until the Spanish midfielder entered the field and changes things. Last was the introduction of “super sub” Anthony Martial.
Good reading regarding our two in-form young players Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard over at ESPN.
Mkhitaryan just picked up an injury at pointless international friendly match last week and Lingard hasn’t had enough game time since the FA Cup win, yet the manager include them to the starting 11. Now the derby defeat sounds like the pair’s main fault. Well, I don’t believe that. It’s the media wants to sound like it does.
However, of course there are bad performances by the players, even the most expensive player on the planet aren’t immune to such circumstances. But I was wondering, what’s the “punishment” for a manager who pick a wrong starting 11? I am not looking for an answer, but his tactic still puzzles me.
This match review is so kind it will make many United fans agreed that there were a lot of positives comes out from yesterday’s derby defeat.
I don’t disagree, but positives outcome don’t matter if your supposedly best player (Pogba) isn’t turning up and our master tactician manager strangely gamble with his starting 11 (Rashford should starts).
That said, I’m still unconvince that we’re good enough.
LVG claimed that he always give youth a chance in whichever clubs he work for. He did give a dozen youngsters their debut on red shirt in the past couple of seasons he was in charge though. Now Jose Mourinho is the boss, where are they now?
The Guardian have the list.
Me personally, I believe that Mourinho will do what he needs to do.