Your Says of the Day: Mourinho can’t rotate; Lallana’s ‘buffed up’

Date published: Friday 16th September 2016 2:08

Jose Mourinho: Doubts over United boss

Jose Mourinho is accused of not being able to rotate his Man Utd squad and how many players have been hits at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson left?

Here are some of today’s best views from our readers. Join the TEAMtalk debate right here.

Perez needs game time

Certainly will be a tough game mate. Hull have started much better than anyone expected them to. If they watched our game this week then it was fairly obvious to everyone that we do not cope well against a team who press the ball with a lot of intensity. If we come out as slow as we have been recently, most teams in the league will cause us problems.

Xhaka has to come back into the game. We need to use the ball well in deep areas and try and retain the ball much more effectively than we have been. I’m also hoping Wenger persists with Perez, even if it means out on the right with Giroud playing. Theo has a knock and the Ox looks totally devoid of any confidence. Hopefully Lucas gets some game time to help him adapt as quickly as possible.



Lallana has ‘buffed up a bit’

Adam Lallana

Nr8 The thing is Henderson is normally there shadowing the oppositions, cause he is doing the groundwork for it, players normally do not get away from him and therefor he does not need to be sliding in those challenges.

I´ve been really impressed with the work the midfield does this season, they just do not stop working for the ball and win it back so quickly. Henderson is marshaling the midfield into doing that, I thought Milner and him would be doing that but it turned out to be Lallana and him. It also seems to me that Lallana has put on a few kilos, he looks like he has buffed up a bit.


Sturridge or Firmino up front?

I think the biggest decision tonight is whether sturridge or firmino starts up top. Id like to see sturridge get at luiz but it makes sense if firminio starts.

Luiz starts and no doubt he will play out of his skin and maybe score a free kick!

Such a tough game. A draw be a great result. A win would be unreal. I think Chelsea will be a real force under conte especially at home

Sean the sailor


…’that lump Rooney’

Wayne Rooney at Hull

What I loved the most about last night was how fluid we were without that lump Rooney in the team. So much pace in the side, really quick transitions and just fantastic slick play in the build up.

None of this slowing down the play nonsense. Those people calling for Rooney to be dropped were spot in – so much better without him.



‘United to be dead on their feet on Sunday’

Expect this lot to be dead on their feet for Sunday! Even the ones rested I don’t hold much optimism for them either.

Confidence will be shot therefore I don’t expect much on Sunday! d Jose himself looks like he needs motivating so all in all we are royally f****!


‘Jose and the board don’t care about the Europa’

Jesus mate, i know its a tough pill for the fans to swallow but the reality is Jose and the board don’t care about the Europa! They would much rather be out of it and concentrate on the league than work at this cup and miss top 4! Hence ashley young, memphis and rojo playing big parts all of a sudden.

Don’t get me wrong im sure he thought these lads would be good enough against feyenord but alas!! it comes after the derby defeat also which is even more bitter. however, believe it or not there were huge positives from that game!

As bad as we were in the first half we stuck it to them in the 2nd half and always looked like scoring and never gave up! LVG would have lost that game 3-0! Their winner was also the luckiest bounce of a ball you will ever see when ikheanacho received it! i take nothing away from them but i want to give us abit of perspective. its not all doom and gloom, hes 4 games into a 4 year contract!



Mourinho cannot rotate effectively

Jose Mourinho Man Utd

I think one of Mourinho’s weaknesses is squad rotation.

If you look at his last Chelsea side, when they won the league they were dead on their feet by Feb due to a lack of rotation.
This season Mourinho has spoken of having a larger squad to enable rotation for all the competitions.

The problem is that he doesn’t know how to successfully rotate a squad. SAF planned his teams a couple of matches in advance and would make a few changes in every match so that the whole squad was more or less ready.

Mourinho changed 8 players, most of them played their first mins of the season. It’s no surprise they got out fought by a side with 6 matches under their belts. Of the 3 not changed Bailly and De Gea are fully match fit and played well. Pogba is still trying to catch up and it shows.

SAF would have played his strongest (ish) 11 against city, probably including a specialist runner to track de bruyne / silva and would have changed a few for feyenoord and the others for the Watford match. Assuming that 7 or 8 first teamers plus squad players would beat them both. Mourinho needs to learn this aspect of squad management and do it quickly!


How many player successes since Fergie?

David de Gea

Since SAF we have spent 464m (340m net) on 19 players – Fellaini, Mata, Herrera, Shaw, Rojo, Di Maria, Blind, Valdez, Depay, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Romero, Martial, Bailly, Mkhitaryan, Pogba plus loan signings Falcao, Ibrahimovic.

How many of those have been successes? The jury is still out of course on the new players.

And of the players surviving from SAF squad, DDG, Rooney, Carrick, Young, Valencia, Smalling, Jones how many are successes. Only DDG in my opinion.


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