Jose Mourinho has responded to those who feel that Manchester United are not showing enough ambition on the ball this season.
Despite the fact that Manchester United are currently second in the Premier League and seem to be coasting into the Champions League knock out stages, Jose Mourinho has received a huge amount of criticism this season with many feeling that his style of football does not suit the identity of Manchester United.
Speaking recently, Eric Cantona stated that, although he is a huge admirer of Mourinho’s, he feels that the Portuguese coach should be more adventurous with the players he is overseeing.
I love Mourinho, I said before he joined Manchester United … he is a winner, he has won a lot of things. I like his charisma, he is very clever and intelligent.
But, he is playing in this defensive way which is not the identity of the game for United. But, I am sure he will win even more things [for United].
Such comments have become increasingly common in recent weeks and, having been asked about his team’s apparent lack of ambition on the ball at his press conference on Friday, Mourinho brilliantly pointed out just how attacking United’s starting XI is at present.
I don’t know what you want?
More ambition than we are showing at home I think is quite difficult. I don’t know who is more ambitious than us, we played against Newcastle with Pogba, Rashford, Martial, Mata, Lukaku. The full-backs, Valencia and Young are wingers. So, I don’t know what you want.
Given the fact that seven of United’s starting XI vs Newcastle would indeed be traditionally regarded as ‘attacking’ players, it’s certainly hard to argue with the Portuguese boss on this occasion.