Jose Mourinho reveals the main weakness of Man Utd even with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes


Jose Mourinho says he is happy to leave Manchester United in possession (EPA)

Jose Mourinho revealed that he had allowed Manchester United to have more possession in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham because he thought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team was “not very good” in the preparatory match.

The Spurs took the lead in the first period thanks to the excellent individual effort of Steven Bergwijn.

However, United broke a point after Eric Dier knocked Paul Pogba into the Spurs’ box and Bruno Fernandes scored the penalty kick.

Mourinho, who has led United for three years, admits he was wary of Unted’s threat over the counter and says he was comfortable allowing Solskjaer’s players to have the ball, even if they had Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, who came in the second half. , in the middle of the field.

“We are analyzing United [before the game] but I don’t think it’s up to us to talk about it, “said Mourinho after the match.

“I will just say that I think we gave them what I think they are not very good at, that is, giving them the opportunity to have the ball and play in organized attack.

Jose Mourinho admits he was wary of Manchester United’s threat of counterattack (PA)

“I think they are much more dangerous in counterattack situations. They have fast people on the attack and they can be really dangerous, but we have managed to control this in an incredible way.

“I even remember the end of the match where Marcus Rashford had a long ball [from Pogba] in space and that kind of action but we controlled it very, very well.

“We wanted to be dangerous on the counter attack, but we knew it would be difficult for 90 minutes.

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes join Manchester United for the first time
Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes join Manchester United (EPA) for the first time

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“Lucas’s injury and Dele Alli’s suspension got the better of us [away] that power.’

“You are asking me better for the options today than the last game in the league before the lockout, of course much better than during that period, we had no attacking players and today we had four.

“We played with Bergwijn, Lamela, Kane and Son, and our bench was very strong in defensive options. We had Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen on the bench, but we had neither Lucas, Dele, Lamela, nor Bergwijn.

Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring for Tottenham in the first half against Manchester United
Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring for Tottenham in the first period (Reuters)

“Imagine Bergwijn on the bench and Lucas playing and going out 60-65 minutes and Bergwijn coming for the last period, I can imagine the impact we could have.

“So a little bit of frustration but at the same time really satisfied with the players.

“Really happy to see people like Harry, Sonny, Moussa four months without playing, Harry six months without playing, then give us 90 minutes, I think boys, I can only be really happy with them. ”

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