Jose Mourinho is blaming everyone but himself for Manchester United’s poor form.
After United’s bore draw with Valencia, the manager said his players did not have the technical ability to build from the back (as reported by the BBC). And there lies the problem.
For Mourinho, everything starts with defence. The build-up is slow and pre-determined. There is no spontaneity.
Players are coached into a way of thinking that, when it works, pays dividends. The issue is, it has not worked in quite some time.
United’s best player against Valencia was Marcus Rashford. When Anthony Martial came on, he also showed sparks of creativity, running at defenders rather than slowing the play.
There is growing criticism for Romelu Lukaku’s lack of movement but the Belgian is not the problem. The tactics are.
Why should the United striker be running around to create space when the players behind him offer so little.
United do not need more build-up play from the back four. They need pacy attacks from the wings and central midfielders breaking forward to support the front man.
United’s confidence is shot and things are not going to change unless Mourinho does. He needs to unleash his players. Only then will we see the United of old.