Oct 15, 2017 -- 9:17PM, duffy wrote:
I cannot understand the endless debate about why Mourinho was negative, he was pragmatic and realistic, United aren't good enough to "go for it", Mourinho didn't play defensively for the sake of it, even though that's his stereotype, he played that way because he knows his team can't play fluent quick passing football and go toe to toe with a team that can.At the start of the season he added to the squad and wanted the parts to click, now, despite some of the 4-0 scorelines, the truth is that United are ponderous in possession and lack that "menace" when going forward. If United were clicking like the noisy neighbours, Mourinho would have gone to Anfield and had a tear up.What sets Mourinho apart is his pragmatism and despite the weight of expectation of playing the United way on his shoulders is strong enough to accept the limitations of the team and be prepared to go about it ugly when necessary.Of course it's a long season and things can change but anyone who DOESNT think City will win the league needs escorting back to their padded cell quick smart, they're not their yet by a long stretch but we're starting to see a resemblance to the great Barca side, not so much by yesterday's result but by the way they hammered Chelsea 1-0, the Barca quality was akin to a Boa constrictor that simply does not give you room to breathe with the way they win the ball back off of you so quickly, so even in a defensive performance like United's yesterday, the relentless pressure allied with the fluent accurate passing is sure to break any defence down sooner or later.Incidentally, Mourinho would play the exact same way at OT as Anfield IMO, we've already identified his pragmatism and acceptance of his sides limitations, I'm sure he doesn't think they'll somehow be transformed into a fast paced fluent attacking force at home just because 60,000 want them to be so.
Great post duffy. I am on at 2/1 and although not happy to collect, nor certain to, I am obviously extremely confident. They're miles ahead of us and we are going to have to luck our way and play ultra negative in derbies to somehow win it.
Oct 18, 2017 -- 7:24PM, anxious wrote:
United drifting like a barge
Can't be the studio, they're making out like this is a shoe in. Big ignorant. We failed to beat Stoke and Benfica will be massively pumped for this.
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