Manchester United were rocked by an unexpected result against Feyenoord tonight as the Dutch side sealed a well deserved 1-0 win.
United were expected to work on their shortcomings following the derby day defeat against Manchester City but Feyenoord made things even worse for United’s new manager Jose Mourinho.
The Special One was seen making notes throughout the game in Rotterdam and he will need to implement drastic changes before the weekend game against Watford, which must include:
1. Work on team’s crossing
At times against Feyenoord I felt like better skilled than the likes of Darmian, Young, Rojo and Martial when it came to crossing the ball. Although these players will not be a part of United’s starting XI vs Watford but Mourinho needs to sure up the crossing part of his team.
2. Lift Pogba’s morale, if not then bench him
Paul Pogba does not look like a player who commands an £89million transfer fee at the moment. The pressure of justifying the price-tag was too much for the Frenchman and it showed in his desperate acts to impress.
Jose needs to keep an arm around him and ensure he does not loose his confidence which has made him a superstar. If it is getting too much for Pogba then Mourinho might want to consider the idea of resting him and give others a chance to impress.
3. Start with Michael Carrick
It’s about time when Michael Carrick gets his share of first team action for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has tried everyone else with Pogba in the midfield and it is clearly not working.
Carrick with his composure over the ball will allow Pogba to play with Freedom and dictate the play for United. Perhaps this will be the one change we will definitely see this weekend.
4. Give Martial more freedom to operate
Anthony Martial does not look like the same player who thrilled us all with his dribbling abilities last season. He looks afraid of making mistakes and is not taking enough risks to dominate the game.
Mourinho needs to give Martial the license and freedom to play his natural game which can only help United in the longer run, let alone the game vs Watford.
5. Maintain his trust in Lingard
Juan Mata once again was hot and cold tonight and did not look like the player who is ready to nail down the right wing position as his own. Jesse Lingard did have a shocker against Manchester City but his pace could be the key for Man United and Jose Mourinho this weekend which can help his team to get the vital three points.