The Match of the Day pundit found a habit of Manchester United’s that he believes needs to be rectified in order to complete their attacking threat.
That attacking threat has been evident thus far this season, with the Red Devils scoring eight goals – already 15% of their total Premier League haul last season – in just two games.
The forward line of the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Henrik Mkhitaryan are doing their job, but former Spurs star Jermaine Jenas believes that they could be better supported by United’s full backs.
Daley Blind and Antonio Valencia, playing on the left and right respectively, often stayed behind in United’s 4-0 win over Swansea. Jenas suggests that manager Jose Mourinho should allow his full backs to bomb forward, or risk letting the good central work go to waste against the bigger teams in England and Europe.
“It’s great when Mkhitaryan, Rashford and Lukaku are central, but they need to do it with Valencia and Blind as wide options”, he told Gary Lineker and Danny Murphy.
“They were going down the centre of pitch which I found they were doing on a lot of occasions. In certain games, Mourinho has to let full-backs bomb on, and they had so many options.”
“I’m expecting Blind to be on his bike getting into that space, giving them the opportunity to get in behind that Swansea back three.”
“Look at the option on the right hand side. Where’s Valencia?”
“It was a common theme I saw throughout the game. Against the better sides, they’re going to need to find better options in those wide areas.”