MOURINHO URGED TO ADD FORMER CHELSEA COACH TO HIS COACHING STAFF

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Manchester United boss José Mourinho has been urged to add former Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland to his coaching staff.

According to Martin Keown, Mourinho seems to be behind tactically and believes adding a new coach to his staff could help inject new ideas to the team.

“The problem for United against Juventus was not the players but the way Jose Mourinho set them up to play,” Keown told Daily Mail.

“Tactically, Mourinho seems to be behind the curve. There is no clear vision for how his team should play.

“I could not believe how tactically under-prepared United were against Juventus. They did not press as a group.

“Both teams played with a midfield three but with Mata pressing Pjanic high up the pitch, Matuidi and Bentancur were able to pull Pogba and Matic into wide positions.

“It meant there was no protection in front of United’s back four and there was plenty of space for Dybala and Ronaldo to exploit.

“Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw did not know who to pick up when Juve’s right back bombed forwards and Juan Cuadrado cut inside from the wings.

“Juventus had plenty of options whenever they were in possession. When United had the ball, they did not seem to have the same options.

“There is no rhythm to their play and that only comes with work on the training ground.

“I still believe Mourinho is the man to lead this football club but he needs to bring in a coach who can identify a new identity for the team.

“He should be trying to get Steve Holland to become part of his team at Old Trafford.

“Look at what he has offered Gareth Southgate as part of his England set-up.

“He was an assistant to Antonio Conte at Chelsea when the Italian brought in the back three system that inspired them win the Premier League in 2017.

“Holland drew upon those experiences to help England play that way as they reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.

“He and Southgate have proved they can be flexible, too. They reverted to a 4-3-3 for the recent games against Spain and Croatia with excellent results.

“Holland was also a key member of Mourinho’s backroom team during his second spell at Stamford Bridge. He would still be able to work with England, too.

“United have spent so much money on players. Now it’s time to invest in a coach who can inject some new ideas into this team.”