Virtual Football League
www.safaribet.com.gh
Football is always in action. Now you can bet on Virtual Football League
Virtual Horse Classics
www.safaribet.com.gh
Bet on a virtual horse classics. Choose your favorite and win!

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United send you to sleep, Pogba should save emoji until he's real deal Featured

Written by 
Published in England Premier League
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:27

Former Old Trafford defender Paul Parker feels Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side are still well short of what is expected of them despite their Europa League triumph against Ajax in Stockholm.

If there is one English side who are capable of doing okay in the Champions League next season, you would probably say it is Manchester United.

Simply because Jose Mourinho sets up not to lose. Even though over two legs, you would have to bring a pillow with you to watch it.

United would be the most difficult team to beat from the Premier League, but that doesn't mean it is enjoyable. Is it in the best traditions of United's history? Certainly not.
Winning the Europa League has taken the pressure off the manager.

When Rafael Benitez won the same tournament with Chelsea in 2013, Mourinho wasn’t too nice about it. He was very critical of it.

He also said Ajax shouldn’t be in the Europa League because they played in the Champions League this season.

Well, in theory he should not go into the Champions League because he’s won the Europa League.
His gamble on one match to make or break the season has paid off. In gambling, a lot of people live that way, but they normally die that way too.

United are in the Champions League. Mourinho should be happy because Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool are in there. He now can’t accuse other teams of getting advantages in rest periods during the season.

It’s all worked out because other teams will be playing a similar amount of games. But at United, you can’t keep looking for excuses.

For many, many years before Jose Mourinho arrived, United coped with the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. They coped because that is what United are built for.

As a club, they build their season to compete on all fronts. They should be equipped to do that, and that’s what Mourinho must do.

" There can be no excuses about being tired because the top five teams are in the same boat, and every club wants to amongst them."
They all want to play 60 plus games because that tends to mean success in your season. The more games you play, the more opportunity you have to win things.

Everyone will be looking to Mourinho to win the Premier League. Manchester United need a league title five years after Sir Alex Ferguson won the last one.
The last two seasons have been very poor. You are judged on where you finish in the league. Are Mourinho's side any better than Louis van Gaal's? No.

Finishing sixth isn’t good enough for United, certainly not 24 points behind the champions. They must be able to make up that points difference. Trying to win the league by winning games is always going to be better than going out not to lose.

That is the tradition of the club set by men like Fergie. When United are playing cagey, you are relying on individuals. That’s when it becomes worrying.

We have to remember football is a team game. It is easy to destroy, but the hardest thing in football is to create.

You can’t keep being dependent on players to keep doing things when they are being asked to be secondary defenders and make up 60 yards to join an attack

United need to go out and realise that they are respected because they are United. Everybody is ready for that attacking wave to come forward when you are playing United.

Not sitting back watching, and thinking the tide has gone out.
Paul Pogba sums up United's problems. He is not a holding midfielder. So much has been taken away from his game. I think he’s tried too hard to impress this season after that world record £89m price tag.

He’s been having too many touches of the ball which isn’t really in his nature. He’s also been giving away silly fouls because people are working harder against him.

He hasn’t had the greatest of seasons. Expectations are high. United have got to kick on, Mourinho has to kick on and Pogba's got to kick on. He can do what he wants with his Twitter emoji, dancing and his hair when he is part of a United side that are the real deal.

There is no point marketing yourself if you are not delivering on what you are good at
It is time for Mourinho to deliver a Premier League challenge.

He escaped a lot of flak by winning one game in Stockholm. He won't get away with it again.

Read 19 times

Related items

  • Fabinho would find Manchester United switch 'very tempting'

    Monaco midfielder Fabinho would be tempted by a move to Manchester United.

    The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the principality, having helped Leonardo Jardim's men to impressively win Ligue 1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

    Fabinho, who can also slot in at right-back, has - like many of his team-mates - been attracting admiring glances from some of European football's biggest clubs.

    United are among those linked with the Brazil international, who told Esporte Interativo in his homeland that he would be open to an approach.

    "If Mourinho invites me (to join United) it would be very tempting, but, first of all, I would have to talk with my agent and with Monaco to make the things right," Fabinho said.

    "But Manchester United is a great team and I would think about it, for sure."
    Tottenham's Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic at Chelsea are other midfield options said to be under consideration as United look to strengthen this summer. Reports that the latter has already verbally agreed personal terms have been dismissed by the club.

    Benfica's Victor Lindelof has been United's only summer acquisition to date and Press Association Sport understands the club intend to make three or four high-quality additions in total.

    Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is a player Mourinho hopes to bring to Old Trafford, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injury and impending exit meaning a frontman has become a priority.

  • Manchester United to go 'all out' for Alvaro Morata as Cristiano Ronaldo cools off

    Manchester United are said to be preparing a major bid for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata as Cristiano Ronaldo's interest in moving cools off.

  • Victor Lindelof signing reveals Mourinho's masterplan

    The imminent captuire of Victor Lindelof says everything about what Jose Mourinho wants to accomplish at Manchester United, writes Jim White.

    Never mind the buzz and glitter surrounding Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata, the fact that Manchester United’s first signing of the summer is set to be Victor Lindelof tells us much about Jose Mourinho’s priorities.

    This is a manager who knows how to win the Premier League. And he knows the first essential element of any challenge is a pair of proper centre-backs. He had them in John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho at Chelsea. He knows his history of Manchester United, aware they were at their most potent when they could rely on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic or Gary Pallister and Steve Bruce. Above all he knew he was not going to win the league dependent on a combination drawn from Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, the cohort he was bequeathed by Louis van Gaal.

    His first move was to bring in Eric Bailly last season, who already looks the part. But Bailly needs a consistent, reliable partner. Now United have paid £31 million for Benfica’s Swedish centre-back Mourinho has two fine prospects still in their early twenties. Play these two in front of David De Gea and it could be the bedrock of a long-running saga, the cornerstone of a title-challenging team.
    A fee of £31m, more than the United record for a defender paid out to bring Ferdinand in from Leeds in 2002, may seem a mighty steep price tag for what is essentially still a work in progress. Because make no mistake about it, Lindelof is not yet the finished article, with much to learn, not least about the intensity of a Premier League season, something of which he has no experience gliding away at the top of the Portuguese league.

    But in these days of hyper transfer inflation, that is likely to become the price of admission we will see this summer for a decent player. Absurd as it sounds, if Virgil van Dijk is expected to change hands at north of £60m, £31m for Lindelof is as close to a bargain as the mad world of football finance allows.

    Lindelof is a prospect all right. Quick, strong, the Swede is a brilliant modern defender, someone who has played extensively at full-back, as at home in a back three as a back four. Sophisticated, cultured and multilingual, he showed his ambition by moving to Portugal as a 17-year-old. In Sweden he is already reckoned the natural heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the country’s most influential footballer. He has a girlfriend busy on Instagram promoting his image as level-headed, calm and unflash. When he turns out in a yellow shirt – as he did in this week’s derby international against Norway - he already has the look of a leader.
    And what is particularly noteworthy about him is his experience. He is 22, but already has 73 first-team appearances behind him at Benfica, including 12 in the Champions League. If there is no better place to learn the game than in the heat of the first team, then Lindelof is already well ahead of many of his contemporaries making their way in the English game.

    Over the weekend, England’s Under-20s won the World Cup. It was a magnificent performance, proof that when it comes to technique and potential, English players are at the front of the international queue. A brilliant win it might have been, but the reward for most of those who participated is likely to be a season-long loan at Derby. Or Reading. Or Preston.

    This has now become the Premier League norm. Millions are channelled annually into youth development. But then, the most crucial part of a player’s learning curve – the graduation into the first team – is largely blocked off. Sure, Everton, Southampton and Tottenham have promoted more than most. But the standard methodology in the Premier League is to deal only with those who are close to the finished article. And to pay out accordingly.
    Take Timothy Fosu Mensah at United. An outstanding prospect, full of pace and aggression, about to turn 20: what he needs most of all now to test his potential is an extensive run in the first team. It won’t happen at Old Trafford. Particularly not now Lindelof has been brought in ahead of him. While the Swede was given his chance in Benfica’s first team at 20, at the same age Fosu Mensah will find his progress stalled. Even if he stays at Old Trafford this season, the young Dutchman is unlikely to add many to the dozen games he has already played for the Reds.

    And it is understandable why. The sheer financial pressure to succeed in England is such that youth cannot be risked. So instead, Premier League clubs use the European leagues for their research and development. Instead of blooding their own, they pay someone else £31m to complete a player’s education. Football’s new economic truth is that even an institution as storied as Benfica has become a feeder club for the English giants.

     

  • Jose Mourinho is ruining Paul Pogba at Manchester United — he should be main creative force

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is the main reason why Paul Pogba has failed to reproduce his form for France at club level, writes Paul Parker, after his impressive show against England on Tuesday night.

    I think we all get tend to caught up in how much Paul Pogba cost, and what value he is bringing to the club for the £89m that was apparently paid. The boy can play as he showed against England on Tuesday, but he needs to be allowed to breathe.

    We have seen him play for his country and Juventus over the past few years. Especially when he was in the Champions League with them.

    But then he arrives at Old Trafford, and is not the player we had expected.
    Antonio Conte knew how to use him at Juventus, Didier Deschamps knew how to use him for France and Max Allegri knew how to use him for Juve too.

    The only manager who hasn't used him right is Mourinho. He's in a more forward position with France. Let him go to play there with United.

    United negativity

    Don't expect him to be your defensive one, to be negative to try to destroy because he's a big strong boy. That's not his strength.

    Anybody who watched him last night would have seen how good he is with the ball at his feet, and how good he is as an influence when he hasn't got the ball because his movement affects everyone around him.

    If United are going to get the best out of him, they are going to have to sacrifice him so he can go to play the role he was made for.
    Ander Herrera and Pogba have been fine together, but is it going to be enough to turn Manchester United into an attacking force? No, it's not.

    United's negativity as a team affected them, especially in terms of the amount of goals they scored. As far as I'm concerned, Mourinho won't listen.

    If he's seen that performance against France, he'll probably carry on doing what he thinks is right.

    It isn't about what everybody else is saying or what people like Paul Parker are saying: the Paul Pogba with Juventus and France isn't the same player who is with Manchester United.

    Totally wrong

    Suddenly a few people are going to be looking over the next few weeks to see if Mourinho watched the match last night.

    He might think: 'Hold on, I have to change this'. It should be about the team, not about himself and improving his reputation as a coach.

    They have a major improvement to make in terms of scoring goals, and Pogba further up the pitch is very much needed.

    As we know, he can be quite clinical when he does get the opportunities.
    He's hit the frame of a goal a few times, but you see what he can do when he runs at people. Look at what he did in the box to Gary Cahill.

    You think to yourself: 'he is wasted 30 or 40 yards behind, he should be working 30 or 40 yards closer to goal'.

    It's totally wrong he's been played that way. He is a player who has been held back from showing how good he is, and is trying to impress in a position he hadn't played before.

    Herrera isn't being played in his best position and is also too far back. You can see the difference N'Golo Kante made to Pogba last night, allowing him to go and express himself.

    Herrera can go and play a man-to-man marking role, but anybody can do that. He's another player who has been slightly wasted, but not as much as Pogba.

    England well short of required quality

    We have to define what is needed for England. And when you go to Scotland playing two holding midfielders, you find out.

    Then you play against France, and have Eric Dier and Alex Oxlade-Chamberalin in there - you can't say that's a great midfield.
    When it comes to playing against more quality in Paris, Dier was found wanting against France with the movement they possess, with and without the ball.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain cannot play central midfield for England against top quality opposition. It works okay for Arsenal at times, but Dier also got exposed with his passing.

    There is still a long, long way to go for England as you saw with the way we capitulated against 10 men.

    Getting a late 2-2 draw with Scotland is not going to lead you to the promised land when you get to the finals in Russia.

  • Manchester United release Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Manchester United after the Premier League named the former Swedish forward on their official list of free transfers.

    United had been expected to opt against extending the injured former Sweden forward's contract as he battles to recover from a serious knee injury.

    Ibrahimovic is expected to miss the first five months of the season recovering from knee surgery, and with no prospect of him being back to full fitness until January, Jose Mourinho has apparently agreed with the club's board that paying £300,000-a-week to renew the player's contract makes no financial sense.

    "Premier League clubs from the 2016/17 season have submitted the lists of players they will be keeping in their squads, and the ones they will be releasing," said the Premier League in a statement.
    It is a tough blow for Ibrahimovic, who was a resounding success in his first and perhaps only season in the Premier League.

    The former Paris St Germain, Barcelona and Juventus striker scored a 28 goals in 46 appearances before the injury ended his season prematurely.
    The 35-year-old suffered knee ligament damage in the Europa League quarter-final with Anderlecht on April 20 that required surgery in May in the US.

    Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola said last month he did now know if his client would be back at United as he looks to resume his career after he recovers from injury, but insisted he would not be short of options.

    Ibrahimovic was the only player on United's release list.

Leave a comment

African Football

Football Transfers

Everton eyeing move for Burnley forward

Everton eyeing move for Burnley forward

Everton are interested in bringing Burnley striker Andre Gray to Goodison Park this summer, claims a...

Virtual Football League
www.safaribet.com.gh
Football is always in action. Now you can bet on Virtual Football League

Sponsored Links

Virtual Football League
www.safaribet.com.gh
Football is always in action. Now you can bet on Virtual Football League

Like Us On Facebook

Formula 1

    Tennis

    Connect With Us

    Contact Us

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Our Sponsors

    JoomShaper