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