Sharpe takes shot at Mourinho’s ‘dated’ tac­tics

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FOR­MER Manch­ester United favourite Lee Sharpe ex­pects Jose Mourinho to face se­vere pres­sure from fans next sea­son if he fails to swap “dated” tac­tics for more ex­cit­ing foot­ball.

United fin­ished sec­ond i n the Pre­mier League and run­ners-up in the FA Cup, but some sec­tions of the sup­port are grow­ing dis­sat­is­fied at Mourinho’s tac­tics.

United were not alone in be­ing blown out of the wa­ter by Pep Guardi­ola’s Manch­ester City but even Tot­ten­ham and Liv­er­pool, who fin­ished be­hind the Red Devils in the stand­ings, proved a greater at­tack­ing threat.

And Sharpe, who played for Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s United side from 1988 to 1996, be­lieves ten­sions will only rise if Mourinho does not change his ap­proach. “For me it was a pretty dis­ap­point­ing sea­son and not en­ter­tain­ing enough,” he said.

“There are clubs with cer­tain iden­ti­ties and United have never been a 1-0 team that sits back and rests on its lau­rels.

“You’ve got t he blue side of Manch­ester un­der Pep, you’ve got Jur­gen Klopp at Liv­er­pool play­ing some of the best foot­ball in the league and United are play­ing slow, prag­matic, bor­ing and even dated foot­ball.

“Maybe it’s time Mourinho re­assess things tac­ti­cally. He’s been one of the most suc­cess­ful man­agers in the game over 10-12 years, tro­phies ev­ery­where he’s gone, so I can un­der­stand him say­ing, ‘I’m do­ing it my way’.

“But times have changed and, if it doesn’t start well next sea­son, he could find him­self un­der pres­sure.”

Striker Matt Phillips has with­drawn from the Scot­land squad.

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