United fans conflicted over Mourinho, Conte’s Chelsea ‘machine’

Date published: Tuesday 29th November 2016 1:20

Mourinho & Conte: Hazard compares duo

Jose Mourinho is infuriating some Man Utd fans but sacking him would leave the Red Devils in an even more vulnerable position, according to some TEAMtalk readers…

Don’t sack Mourinho – yet 

We shouldn’t sack Jose. I never wanted him but now we have him it would only set us back further if we sacked him.

We’re creating chances so at the minute there’s not much wrong at the club apart from taking those chances. Many a time under Sir Alex I would see the starting line up and think “are you having a laugh?” (e.g. playing seven defenders against Arsenal) only for us to go on and win comfortably. I say the same thing now when I see the team and Jose’s problem is that he isn’t getting the results to back up his selections albeit he is getting the performances.

My biggest issue is playing Rashford out wide. Either play him upfront or not at all. For some reason in the back of my mind I have this feeling that Jose has been either told or encouraged to play him (Utd youth and all that). He may not want to play him and prefers Zlatan so shoves him out wide as a result. That’s just a feeling I have anyway.

Another worry is the players that have gone backwards. That’s not the player’s fault I don’t think. Shaw looked good before his injury last season. Now he hardly gets a look in anymore and Jose currently prefers a right-back in that position. Smalling and Blind no longer play and instead he prefers Rojo. I don’t mind him playing Jones for now if fit. Martial has had issues outside of football so it’s a tough position for Jose that one. Depay is Depay. Rashford we all know about. Fosu-Mensah?

The final issue for me is the constant changes. At Chelsea he played the same team most weeks. At Utd he chops and changes every game so we can’t get a run going. We beat Leicester 4-1 so he makes four changes for the next game. We beat Fenerbahce 4-1 so he makes six changes for the Chelsea game. We beat Swansea 3-1 and he makes four changes. We beat Feyenoord 4-0 and he makes six changes. Its ridiculous.


Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte

Incredible Conte

Not enough words can describe what a remarkable job he has done so far. All the talk before the season was about Pep vs Jose and rightly so. One manager got a player for a world record transfer fee and the other manager got pretty much all his transfer targets.

Conte on the other hand could not get his first choice players (Morata, Nainggolan, Koulibaly) and only managed to get two defenders on transfer deadline day. He has taken pretty much the same team which finished 10th last season and has completely transformed them.

Early days and we haven’t won anything yet. We may not even finish in the top four given how close the top five are but hats off to Conte for making us look like a machine again.

Imagine what he can do if he gets his main transfer targets in January or in summer. We have got one hell of a manager and I wouldn’t swap him with anybody else.


Philippe Coutinho: injured against Sunderland

Replacing Coutinho

I would like to see an additional player brought in, rather than waiting until January transfer window. A proven player. Think we should look at players out of contract.

One for me that screams out is Jefferson Farfan. Always been an admirer, has always got goals, would suit of style of play and just turned 32. Would cost nothing only wages. Out of contract since last month as he broke some contract rules.



Daniel Sturridge: Injured

Sturridge debate

Would be absolutely idiotic to get rid of Sturridge in January. We won’t see our first choice front three of Firmino, Coutinho and Mane play together again until at least February. Some very tough matches to be played in there.

Not only is Sturridge prolific but he knows how we play and what is expected when he pulls on the shirt for Klopp. Buying another attacker is welcome but to expect that attacker to come in and adapt to the style of play we are currently playing, a style that’s taken other players who have been at Liverpool for some time several months to get used to, is too much of a gamble when we are challenging at the top of the table.

Not even to mention the fact that January is not an ideal window to get the most for a player who should be fetching big money for us.

We need a strong and settled team as possible if we are truely gonna mount a credible challenge this season.



Alan Pardew: Feels the pressure from the bottom sides

Pardew’s big test

Now that a few days have lapsed and I am not as angry, I wanted to state that after the game the players devastated reaction said it all and made me believe that Pardew hasn’t lost the changing room as the players looked shattered as well.

However the belief is being eroded and he must find a way out not just for the playing group but for us, the poor suffering supporters. I recall when Pardew first started and we were on a run he said that he instilled belief in the players that they were good enough for this league, well where has that gone?



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