Mourinho's low ambitions a sad sign for Utd

Lynette Rowe
December 7, 2018

When Manchester United were hit with a sudden bout of defensive injuries for the trip to Southampton on Saturday, Jose Mourinho's response was to switch to a 3-5-2 formation to protect makeshift centre halves Scott McTominay.

Leaving out Lukaku or Pogba was not headline news - it was sort of expected.

"Manchester are getting better, for us it will be hard".

The Nigeria worldwide joined Leicester at the beginning of last season, but it is fair to say that he has never really established himself either under Craig Shakespeare or Claude Puel, and patience among the King Power Stadium faithful is running out with him.

The forward, who has primarily featured on the left of Mourinho's attack, has seven goals in 12 Premier League appearances this term.

"We scored four goals and drew 2-2!"

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Anthony Martial levelled shortly after David De Gea's uncharacteristic mistake saw Shkodran Mustafi open the scoring in the first half at Old Trafford, where Jesse Lingard secured a 2-2 draw just 75 seconds after substitute Alexandre Lacazette squeezed Arsenal back into the lead. Now we plan for three points at Manchester United on Wednesday'.

Asked to comment on his bit-part role in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, the club's record £89million signing shrugged and said 'what do you want me to say?' before disappearing into the night. "Leading the game, especially going in at half-time, always puts you in a comfortable position and if we can do that now for the remainder of this season it would help us".

United didn't need mad dogs against Arsenal, they needed guile.

"I think he is one of the best coaches ever and for me it is a dream come true to be alongside him and to learn from him".

'Against Arsenal, the game was quite exciting and fun until those two came on the pitch. It's just another drama, another chapter in the life of him. Nothing. He brings nothing to the table. There aren't many United fans that would be sad to see him go'.

Tottenham bounced back from their weekend defeat to Arsenal by leapfrogging Chelsea back into third place with a 3-1 home victory against Southampton. Yet he rarely gets an opportunity to play, presumably because he is not a mad dog.

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