It seems every day Jose Mourinho is forced to answer questions about his philosophy.
The Portuguese tactician has been accused, throughout the 2017/18 campaign, of sending his players out in games with overly defensive mindsets and that, as a result, is allegedly holding back the attacking players in particular.
Makes sense but United knew what they were getting when they appointed Mourinho back in 2016, and he’s won the lot which makes it uncomfortable to question him too harshly.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp admitted during the week that he doesn’t enjoy watching the Reds nowadays.
However, Redknapp’s former teammate from Southampton, Peter Crouch, has come out in surprising support of United.
It’s not often that you see ex-Liverpool pros talk positively about United, but Crouch made a point of reminding people of Mourinho’s accomplishments in his Daily Mail column.
“Criticising Manchester United has been all too easy this season” Crouch writes. “They do not play the same way as Manchester City, Liverpool or Tottenham and that has made them a consistent target.
“To be honest, it is something I have struggled to understand.
“Look at the table — with one game to go, they have second place sewn up. Of course, people will argue that they did not get close enough to City in the title race but, as far as I can see, this has been a very good season for them. I know the style sometimes frustrates the fans but you cannot argue with results.
As a United fan, the football we’ve played of late isn’t much better than what we were subjected to under Louis van Gaal. It’s dull and would put an insomniac to sleep.
But the board and club doesn’t care about that. It’s a short-term appointment to bring United to the next level and to compete for the Premier League and Champions League.
Can I clarify that United aren’t ‘shit’ like some say. We play a shit brand of football and we’re pretty good at that.
Welcome to Manchester United of 2018.