Craig Bellamy claims Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are losing their identity because of their defensive style of play.
Former Liverpool striker Bellamy, 39, believes United’s lack of success in the post-Ferguson era saw them forced them down the road of appointing the Portuguese boss. And he believes the Manchester United fans will soon be craving a more attacking approach and Mourinho’s time may well be numbered.
Mourinho and United were heavily criticised for their rearguard action in the goalless draw with Liverpool last weekend – a game in which they managed just 38% and one shot on target.
Jamie Carragher suggested that they negative tactics in the big games will ultimately see them fail in their title bid, Mourinho though remains defiant and after last night’s 1-0 win at Benfica, he said: “Sometimes I feel being good defensively is a crime, but that is a way of getting results.
“We are one point from qualifying and one victory away from winning the group with two games at home to play.”
Bellamy though is not impressed and thinks United need to get back to their expansive, attacking style of play, which Sir Alex Ferguson employed for so many years.
“Manchester United are more than titles,” Bellamy said Bellamy on Sky Sports’ The Debate. “As a football club they have an identity that’s worth more than a title. As a club they have a certain way of playing and as a club they’ve let that go for the time being.
“Going from winning [the league] on a regular basis, to now coming off it has got them in that much of a panic.
“Sir Bobby Charlton said it through the years that Mourinho isn’t a Man United type of manager. At the moment, for their desperation to win trophies, to get back to the top, they will bring him in and they will let it go for now, but there will only be a period Manchester United supporters and Manchester United as a football club will allow this to happen for.
“Manchester United is a huge club, with a huge tradition, and you don’t want to be going too far away from that.”