Has Jose Mourinho’s defensive stalemate already started at Manchester United?


Despite his most wonderful start as the new Manchester United manager, some of the Old Trafford faithfuls are yet to fully buy in to Jose Mourinho’s style of football. The Special One is known to use defensive minded midfielders in a rather negative mode of football.

Jose Mourinho has a trend at every club he has managed so far in his illustrious career; he ends up signing a combative midfielder before any flair player. While Manchester United already have the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, reports are that Mourinho is keen on bringing Nemanja Matic from his former club, Chelsea.

According to Gianluca DiMarzio, United have made the first move on Matic and a deal is expected to be completed later this summer as Blues are confident of signing N’Golo Kante and Radja Nainggolan ahead of next season.

With Matic expected to team up with Jose, Man United fans may need to bare with Jose’s two-man midfield strategy and at the moment and the duo looks to be of Schneiderlin and Matic. It could potentially end up being one of the most defensive minded midfield in Premier League’s history.

While both the players are equally adept at making forward runs, but we should not let our expectations go too high as we rarely see a Mourinho’s side be bothered about breaking from midfield.

Same old Jose Mourinho

Despite the anticipation of seeing something special from Jose at Old Trafford, his year-old trend shows us the same old defensive game will be in play which he has been known for throughout his professional career.

He may and by all means, will get the result but no one can guarantee anything in terms of performance. Man United fans must decide what they will be content with next season? Whether they want success or free-flowing football for which they were making a big fuss under Louis Van Gaal.

It seems as if Jose’s defensive stalemate is well in play at Manchester United and he will look to emphasize results over performance which frankly both United and Mourinho can do with. One has to work on his somewhat tarnished image while the club needs to get back to winning ways.

Now the big question remains, will the fans accept Mourinho’s methods or will they go around cribbing like they have ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the hot seat at Old Trafford 3 years ago?