Mour­inho won't park the bus

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

LONDON. - His Manch­ester United side had just walked away from An­field with a wel­learned draw af­ter nul­li­fy­ing Jur­gen Klopp's free-scor­ing side and Jose Mour­inho al­ready sensed the crit­i­cism com­ing his way.

The self-pro­claimed Spe­cial One had “parked the bus” against United's fiercest ri­vals and some ac­cused Mour­inho of be­tray­ing the club's rich tra­di­tions of at­tack­ing foot­ball.

It was the first of three test­ing matches in a week for Mour­inho's men and, though a point looked sat­is­fac­tory at the time, his de­ci­sion to shut up shop looked a mis­take af­ter United ended the week with a 4-0 thump­ing at Stam­ford Bridge.

At An­field, Mar­cus Rash­ford spent most of the game at left wing-back, with Paul Pogba the only source of ser­vice for an iso­lated Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic.

United's lack of ad­ven­ture earned them a draw at An­field but a more at­tack-minded line-up against Chelsea just six days later led to a rude awak­en­ing and a 4-0 de­feat.

The week en­cap­su­lated the muddled start Mour­inho made to life at Old Traf­ford. The 53-year-old, so ruth­less in his pre­vi­ous spells at Chelsea and Real Madrid, was yet to im­print his own ideas on a con­fused United side and it was show­ing in their per­for­mances.

Liver­pool, though, travel to Old Traf­ford to­mor­row in full knowl­edge that they take on a very dif­fer­ent Manch­ester United side this time around.

Since that de­feat to Liver­pool, United have lost just once in the league and that de­feat came against Chelsea in the same week.

Mour­inho's found a win­ning for­mula and the at­tack­ing foot­ball that United have played along the way has de­bunked some myths about the Por­tuguese boss. -

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