Mourinho pushing Man Utd to sell Martial before month's end

Florence Fletcher
August 21, 2018

Boss Chris Hughton was delighted with the display.

According to Manchester Evening News, Sam said: "I'd say you look at Van Gaal who brought in Martial, and it doesn't matter who the manager is, Martial is not good enough for Manchester United".

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City may look like improvisers but in fact their attacking patterns are anything but.

An avid lover of the 4-4-2 formation, his love of offensive football (his Monaco side score for fun), ability to develop young players (Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho are just a few examples) as well as his willingness to work with a director of football make him the ideal replacement for the high-strung Mourinho.

This laissez-faire tactical approach helps explain why Mourinho teams so often fall apart towards the end of the cycle. You still need a new back four, you still need new centre-backs.

The defeat at Brighton was a clear example of this.

Mourinho pointed to his side making "big mistakes" as the reason for their defeat - the second time they've lost away at Brighton in the space of a little over three months. This was a bad performance for all of us.

Manchester United were pressing and hurrying Brighton on the ball.

This, again, is a sign of a Mourinho collapse. "If you ask me if my players are, in this moment, happy, I don't think they are". In 2015/16, Chelsea's defence was inexplicably appalling, not dissimilar to what we witnessed at the Falmers Stadium.

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The big question is does Mourinho still have what it takes to turn around a side outfought by a team who finished 15th last season?

"Don't expect me to speak with you about it because you and your colleagues they were really critical with me in previous seasons (when) I was probably too honest, too open in my analysing".

Unfortunately for United, next up, Harry Kane and Tottenham Hotspur arrive at Old Trafford.

Pogba admitted his attitude was wrong against Brighton.

Mourinho is the favourite with most bookmakers to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post this season.

"But I am very proud of the performance, particularly the reaction from last week, and the knowledge that with the quality United have got, if you allow them to play their game they can hurt you". All three clubs are capable of playing aggressive high-pressing football; bravery is precisely the weapon needed to pile on misery when Mourinho teams start to crumble.

Mourinho has been left unhappy by Manchester United's failure to add to the squad to his liking over the summer, with the Red Devils badly stung by the Premier League's decision to close its transfer window earlier than every other major European league.

This was as good as it got for United all match.

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