Mourinho once again doing what he has to do to win
A 2-0 home win over Portuguese side, Benfica helped Jose Mourinho’s team to claim a win that edges them closer to the round of 16 of the Champions league. Online-betting.org have Manchester United as firm favourites to qualify for the next stage of the competition. Manchester United scored on either side of the half of the match as the young Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar scored on own goal before Daley blind added the second from the penalty spot.
Depending on who you ask about the match, it could be seen as a match in which Manchester United continued with their 100% home record and 100% clean sheet at home or another match in which Jose has not played the “United way” known under Sir Alex Ferguson.
23 points from possible 30 in the league and 9 points from possible 9 is not only a decent result but one that should be applauded by the fans at Old Trafford. However little has been said about the result. Emphasis has been on how those results are gotten.
José Mourinho criticism of the fans of not supporting Lukaku by booing him in the game against Tottenham is one that is well deserved by the fans. United fans have been made to believe by a section of the media that the club should play a particular way.
This has now been overblown due to the presence of Pep Guardiola who has been getting result and playing a decent football at City. What fans easily fail to realize is that no manager ever in the world can be Sir Alex Ferguson anymore. The earlier they start dealing with this, the better for the club.
The level of criticism Mourinho face from a section of the media is just alarming to say the least.
There is no football rule that says that this is a sacrosanct style of playing in Manchester or in London. Every manager with his style and if this has brought Jose trophies, why change it?
Especially if it was what brought you to Champions league by winning the Europa league. Statistics have even shown that Jose is not as defensive as reported. A manager that has managed a team that score 100+ goals a season and has also scored the highest number goals in a season, (Chelsea 04/05 and 05/06 scored 72 goals each) is not fit to be call a defensive coach.
His approach against rival clubs is known by all but this same so called pragmatic style has won him points against Spurs and Liverpool this season.
The likes of Liverpool and Tottenham that play the free flowing football have struggled against fellow big guns which beg the question, what is the right approach to a game? Mourinho is doing what he thinks will bring trophies for United and the fans and the club have to live by that as long as he’s still the club manager.
Sources: eurosport.com / espnfc.com