Manchester United’s form has been on the up recently, with Jose Mourinho getting the right tune out of the majority of his players.
The Red Devils need just four points from their remaining three Premier League games to ensure their second-place finish in the table, beating out competition from Liverpool and Tottenham.
While we’re on the subject of Liverpool, Gary Neville has been speaking glowingly about our fiercest rivals, while also suggesting that their Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino would be perfect for the Old Trafford club; going as far as saying that Mourinho would want him at United.
“When I watch Liverpool he is absolutely the catalyst for me in terms of everything that they do,” he told Sky Sports, per the Manchester Evening News. “From the pressing, from the back-tackling, from the runs that they make in behind that are sometimes very unselfish to allow others to come in.
“I think that if you were Pep Guardiola you would want him as your striker in terms of the way Jesus plays, in terms of the runs forward but also the runs back. I think Jose Mourinho would want him at Manchester United, I think Real Madrid would want him, I think Barcelona would want him.”
“I think he hasn’t got the credit that Salah has got this season because obviously, Salah has had the most outstanding season.”
Honestly, I think he’s right. Firmino has been absolutely unbelievable this season, scoring goals, holding the ball up, bringing teammates into play and working his socks off. He is the ideal striker for the self-proclaimed Special One, and his exceptional season is going under the radar somewhat.
However, would he displace Romelu Lukaku in the team? I’m not so sure. The two players are built in similar moulds and the work rate they get through is just next level. When you factor in that our striker is two years younger than Firmino, I reckon that Mourinho has made the right choice by bringing in the former Everton man; that’s not to knock Liverpool’s forward, by the way.
What we know about Lukaku is that he’s scored goals consistently in English football, whereas this is Firmino’s first real successful season in front of goal. Can he continue that? Only time will tell I guess…