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victory over Brighton
Liverpool, a lunchtime kick-off, a packed Old Trafford, the fight for second place. The scene is set on Saturday for Manchester United’s juices to flow and José Mourinho to issue a battle cry to his players that would draw on the club’s storied tradition of going for the jugular against their great rivals.
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Except, that is just not the Portuguese’s style. It has certainly not been since he took over at United in the summer of 2016. And there is a firm argument that going gung-ho and attack-first has not been Mourinho’s style for a long time. Certainly not since his first Chelsea title-winning side of 2004-5 that featured Arjen Robben and Damien Duff as flying wingmen and accumulated a record 95 points.
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Since http://www.authenticcanadiens.com/dale-weise-jersey_c-477.html then Mourinho Dany Heatley Authentic Jersey has gradually become entrenched as a back-foot manager whose motto might be: “Sneak a 1-0 win.” His 2011-12 La Liga champions were a Real Madrid led by the always sparkling Cristiano Ronaldo. They piled up records: 100 points, 121 goals, 32 wins. Yet while exciting to watch this was a unit accused of playing on the counterattack rather than seizing the initiative and lacking the creativity of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.

At United Mourinho has an array of forward talents yet his managerial DNA means they continue http://www.billsfootballofficialprostore.com/Authentic-Richie-Incognito-Jersey to be constrained. He http://www.official76erstore.com/Ben_Simmons_Jersey can call on Paul Pogba, Alexis Sánchez, Jesse Duncan Keith Womens Jersey Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata to support the No 9, Romelu Lukaku; all love to rove forward and create havoc. But Mourinho’s default position is for defence and so whoever he selects from this band of six are muted and United dour in most games.

United fans look at free-flowing runaway leaders, Manchester City, and Jürgen Klopp’s visitors and wonder how exciting United might be if Mourinho allowed more freedom.

The conundrum was laid open in Monday’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace. Only when trailing 2-0 in the second half and Mourinho’s hand was forced did United fizz.

Before, they were pedestrian and functional as per the norm. Mourinho’s prevailing calculation is the corollary of this approach contains and nullifies the opponent. Jerami Grant Youth jersey Cancel them out, snuff any verve, and stodginess prevails – the aim being to emerge with an “economical” win.

Against Palace the strategy went south as United entered the break 1-0 behind, received an earful from Mourinho, then conceded again three minutes into the http://www.bearsfootballofficialauthentic.com/YOUTH+QUINTIN+DEMPS+JERSEY second half.

Afterwards the manager said he had discussed tactics Authentic Blaine Gabbert Jersey at the interval, while making a switch that removed a midfielder – Scott McTominay – and added a forward, Marcus Rashford.

Only after Patrick van Aanholt’s second did United up their intensity and go for Palace’s throat. After Chris Smalling pulled one back Mourinho threw Mata on for Antonio Valencia – Lingard moved into the latter’s right-back berth – and Luke Shaw for Ashley Young. cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys