It hasn’t been a good start to the season by Manchester United, and Tuesday’s Champions League goalless draw against Valencia was met with jeering fans at the end of the game.
United’s performance was insipid at times in the game with passes often disjointed as Mourinho’s side couldn’t break through Valencia’s defence, which left United fans chanting ‘attack, attack, attack’ at certain points of the game.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has revealed that Mourinho’s selection for the game against the Spanish side was his team’s undoing. Mourinho went for a midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic, and Keown admitted that the three don’t complement each other.
Keown even called the trio ‘dinosaurs’ in his role as co-commentator for BT Sport on Wednesday.
He said: “Individually, Matic, Fellaini and Pogba are all good players but they simply do not work together.
“All three are big, loping players and lacked the energy and industry someone like Fred would have brought to the side.
“The midfielders all operated independently to one another. Pogba and Fellaini committed themselves high up the pitch and when Valencia were attacking, Matic was overrun.
“When United wanted to build attacks, Matic was the only option the defenders could pass to. It meant that United simply could not build from the back and at times their best option was kicking it long to Fellaini.”
Manchester United will host Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday evening, and that match is a must win for Jose Mourinho’s men.