Mourinho hates ‘flicks and tricks’ – the fans crave them

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Manch­ester United aim to re­turn to win­ning ways in the Pre­mier League against Ever­ton af­ter an easy Cham­pi­ons League win that said much about Jose Mourinho’s mis­trust of party foot­ball. Much im­proved, United will con­tinue to risk the at­ten­tions of the fun po­lice if they stray too far to­wards what Mourinho would re­gard as need­less ex­u­ber­ance.

There is a fas­ci­nat­ing dy­namic here. United were beat­ing Basel com­fort­ably when Mourinho de­tected a change. He said: “We could have put our­selves in trou­ble. We were play­ing fan­tasy foot­ball, Playsta­tion foot­ball. I don’t like it – flicks and tricks.” Flicks and tricks may not please the man­ager, but Old Traf­ford has craved the re­turn of United’s old joie de vivre af­ter four years of steril­ity. Healthy ar­ro­gance has been a fea­ture of United’s great­est teams. The cock-ofthe-north pose is to be ex­pected. And they have enough good play­ers now to re­vive the tra­di­tion. Mourinho, though, clearly wants to stop the pen­du­lum swing­ing too far. He wants con­trolled de­struc­tion more than that Playsta­tion buzz. The way Ever­ton are de­fend­ing, he might have to rail against flicks and tricks for a sec­ond time.

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